Tinkerlab blog tour and giveaway

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Friends, I think you’re going to love today’s post. I’m giving away a copy of my friend Rachelle Doorley’s incredible new book Tinkerlab to one lucky Simple Kids reader!

7.28.14 This giveaway is now closed and winners will be announced soon.  Thanks!

 

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I know that many of you are familiar with Rachelle’s wonderful blog and with her creative challenges and prompts. I personally am a big fan of both. I have felt a connection to Rachelle and her work with kids and her artistic voice ever since I discovered her blog a few years ago. In the crowded world of kid blogging, Tinkerlab stands out and part of the reason is the very talented writer behind it.

So, I was really excited to learn last year that Rachelle was writing a book and I jumped at the chance to be a part of the Tinker-Circle group as she was writing and to help promote this incredible resource through the blog tour team.

The day our copy of Tinkerlab, a Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors: 55 Playful Experiments That Encourage Tinkering, Curiosity, & Creative Thinking arrived the kids and I were thrilled! This is a gorgeous book to look at, but more than inspiring pictures, there are so many projects and ideas and Rachelle encourages you and your kids to “tinker” – to create, explore, find that inner artist and just to play.

Hmmm, tinkering, creating, exploring, and curiosity.  Yes, that sounds perfect for the Fleck kids!

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Teaching from Rest: a Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace {giveaway}


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I have a giveaway today for my homeschooling readers: one Simple Kids reader will win a bundle from Sarah at Amongst the Lovely Things for her new book Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace.

I’m in the middle of reading this book myself and I think it has an important and timely message for homeschooling parents as we are in the middle of planning and preparing for next year.

{this giveaway is now CLOSED and a winner will be announced soon.  Thanks!}

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I’m in the middle of the “rest” season right now – enjoying Summer, some downtime, and recharging and feeling like I  have energy again after the toll the school year can take on me. I won’t lie friends, it felt like we came to the end of this year with a whimper and not a bang.

And yet, after a few weeks of rest and relaxing I find myself once again looking forward to the year ahead, getting excited about back to school.

From a place of rest, I can see the joy and I look forward to starting homeschool again – even the messy, noisy, less than perfect days. In fact, with the perspective rest brings, I can see that in some cases those were among our best days of the school year.

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The Love Books Exchange: a sneak peek at what we’re sending

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We are doing the Love Books exchange from The Educators’ Spin On It and the kids and I are really happy to be participating! (note: sign ups for this year are now closed).

This is our second year participating and the kids and I aren’t sure what we are more excited about: receiving our package or sending Teach Beside Me their package!

Last year we did a fun exchange with the Kid World Citizen kiddos and one of the coolest things was this collaborative art project based on this book about artist Diego Rivera.

We can’t wait to see what the gang from Teach Beside Me sends to us!

I don’t want to give away any secrets, but here’s a sneak peek of the package we are sending to our 2014 exchange family:

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Can you guess what book we are sending and what our project is?

Stay tuned …

 

Kiddin’ Around: the 4th week of May

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Welcome to Kiddin’ Around, where I share different activities, games, crafts, and links the kids and I have loved each week.

Right now my kids are ages 2, 6, 7, and 12. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week and how we’ve been kiddin’ around:

Music: – not really music, but music to my ears! I really enjoyed listening to this episode of a very fun new podcast, The Read Aloud Revival. This episode features one of my favorite people, Tsh Oxenreider talking about how reading aloud is like comfort food. I know I keep mentioning this here, there, and everywhere, but it really is a great podcast.

Watching: – our favorite cars go around the track.  When we haven’t been visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ourselves this week, we’ve been hooked on the app and the website watching the LiveStream.

Very, Very Pinteresting – we are planning a super laid back Summer. Aside from Backyard Nature Camp, we aren’t planning much.  No summer reading challenge, no bucket list, no 100 Days lists.  We have had a hectic year and I don’t want to commit us to any more than a real, true break full of downtime and freedom. Amen.

However, this pin on Pinterest certainly has our attention and I think the kids and I will enjoy printing this out and having it handy in the minivan for all of our Summer travel days.

Things to Eat and Drink – As the temps climbed this week, we’ve been breaking out the homemade popsicles (take that, ice cream truck!).  Some of our favorites are here at Simple Bites. Note: we used raspberries with this recipe as that is what we got from our CSA this week and they were yummy!

IMSgigglesAll giggles at IMS on Wednesday.

Games: – we’ve been playing an awful lot of Spot It! this week after we rediscovered it during a recent play room clean out. Don’t you just love it when something old is new again for your kids?

What We’re ReadingMy oldest is very excited about this book as we are planning a visit to Walt Disney World in the future.

Also, speaking of books, I want to take this moment to remind you one more time about the special launch week only price for Three to Five: Playful Preschool.

How about you? What have you and your kiddos been up to this week? Share in the comments below.


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Three to Five: the Playful Preschool

Three to Five: the playful presschool

Parents and caregivers of preschoolers, are you looking for an amazing resource to use with your 3 to 5 year old? Are you seeking hands-on, play based learning ideas that are simple and easy to put into practice in your home?

If you are, then today I have some exciting news about a project I’ve been working on with some other kid and parenting bloggers:  today the Three to Five: the Playful Preschool ebook launches!

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