We #LoveBooks Summer 2014 Exchange: Thornton Burgess, red squirrels, and “Not Alvin”

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Hooray, hooray, it’s Summer #LoveBook Exchange day! This is our second year participating and it is becoming one of our family’s favorite annual traditions.


This year we were matched up with the Tripp family from the amazing blog Teach Beside Me.  They sent us the book The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel, which was fantastic because we are fans of author Thornton W. Burgess at our house, and this was a book we hadn’t read yet. I just love that it worked out that way, like we were simply meant to be matched up with them and this book was destined for our shelves.

(If you’d like to see what book we sent them, you can head to the Teach Beside Me blog and find out).

If you guys are Burgess fans like we are, you’ll definitely want to head to Teach Beside Me and check out her Burgess Animal Guide resource page.

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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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Looking back at June 2014

HHFiberFestsmileKIDSIt was a lovely, laid back month of June for my family and hanging out here on the blog. We’ve settled into our Summer rhythm and the warm days are a welcome mix of rest, activity, and fun.

Just the way I like my Summers to be.

So, what did the month of June look like here on the Simple Kids blog?

Well, to recap the month, we ….

… shared a quick sneak peek at our Love Book exchange package that we sent. I’ll share what we received in a few days.

… got ready for a Summer of fun with Kiwi Crate and our annual Backyard Summer Nature Camp.

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Backyard Nature Camp, Weeks One and Two

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It is that time of year again: time for the Fleck Family Backyard Nature Camp!

It was a long, cold Winter and the kids and I are ready to soak up every bit of the outdoors while the sunny skies and warmer days are here.

We’ll be using an ecourse that we used last year, the Backyard Nature Camp from A Natural Nester and Friends As one of those “friends,” affiliate, and camp counselor, I feel like this is a really special, fun, and simple program for families looking to enjoy nature together and to recreate some fun summer camp elements at home – like a staycation with a nature study twist.

The kids excited to repeat their favorite things from last Summer, like solar oven s’mores. I’m excited to share some new activities and books with them that we didn’t get to in 2013.

This ecourse is chock full of ideas and there really was no way we could get to them all last year, which is totally fine.  This is a fun, no pressure experience. And fun and no pressure is exactly the way I want this season to be for the kids. We’ve had a busy year. It’s time for some fun in the backyard!

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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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