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Parent and family information and activities are available on this site. Here are some of the main blog posts. There are free instant download PDFs.

 
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Free developing reading comprehension skills eBook for parents and teachers of young children. ABCs for parents.

 
Before Reading
 
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Birthday bingo and coloring pages free printable for children’s parties. The PDF is an instant download available at the post.

 
Birthday Bingo
 
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Tooth brushing charts free instant download at this blog post — to help parents encourage children to be more independent and routine about tooth care.

 
Brush Your Teeth Charts
 
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Can You Really Trust Worksheets in All Published Workbooks?

 
Can you trust worksheets?
 
Comparison of Two Kinds of Clay for Children’s Handprints
  
Clay Handprints
 
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Learning to read in kindergarten and first grade begins with things parents can do at home.

 
Concepts of Print
 
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Garage sales help children learn about making change! They help children learn about coins.

 
Counting Coins
 
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CPR, CCR, and AED Emergency Information

 
CPR, CCR, and AED
 
Preparing Your Child for First Grade Math
 

A post about preparing your child for first-grade math in daily life without worksheets or flashcards.

 
Daily Life Math
 
Decision-making-tool-for-parents
 

A decision-making tool to help parents make decisions is as simple as drawing a chart, adding options, and criteria as explained at the blog post. Free PDF and YouTube video.

 
Decision-Making-Tool
 
Back to School and Thinking About Homework
 

Back to school and thinking about homework for K-2 students, parents, and teachers is on my mind.

 
Homework
 
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Issues in Reading
 
Jewel Reward Jar and Alphabet Fun Free PDF
 

Jewel Reward Jar and Alphabet Fun Free PDF

 
Jewel Jar
 
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Linear Calendar Activities with Recycled Calendars

 
Recycled Calendar Activities
 
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Four tips to lock out hackers

 
Lock Out Hackers
 
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Help children notice the moon can be visible during the daytime.

 
Moon in Daytime
 
Miss Owl and Mom blog posts with parenting information and activities
  
Morgan’s Mom Posts
 
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Northern Ireland
 
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OpenDyslexic Font for Electronic Devices and Kindle

 
OpenDyslexic Font
 
Pint-Sized Perfectionists Carry a Painful Burden
 

Pint-sized perfectionists carry a painful burden and can cause parental anguish. Understand what is going on.

 
Perfectionists
 
Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day
 

An anthology: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care. Fifteen writers.

 
Orphan Train & Today
 
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Discussion Questions for Book Groups List Free PDF Downloads

 
Questions Book Discussions
 
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Facts About the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense Series

 
Sentence Sense Program
 
Safe at Home Coloring Pages for Quarantine
 

Safe at Home coloring pages is a free PDF download in our free eMember area. Discuss pages with children.

 
Safe at Home
 
Simple Birthday Coloring Pages for Ages 3-7
 

Simple birthday color pages for ages 3-7 are an easy activity for birthday parties which include toddlers. Free instant download PDF.

 
Simple Coloring
 
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This link is to an informational step by step blog post with photos of how we assembled our sling bookshelf. First, set up one side of the bookshelf by leaning it against something.

 
Sling Bookshelf for Kids
 
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 A post about a Small Hands Creating Hope Project for the American Cancer Society

 
Small Hands Create Hope
 
Tips to Help Prevent the Summer Slide in Reading
 

Summer slide can be prevented, although it takes some concentrated effort on the part of parents, students, and caregivers.

 
Summer Slide
 
Baby Theme Baskets with Board Books and Toys
 

Theme baskets for baby include board books, soft baby toys, and musical interactives. These baskets are for a baby about 7 months old. Baby is ready to learn!

 
Theme Baskets
 
travel-tips
 

If you are traveling with children, plan quiet times during the day and anticipate random hunger or thirst.  Plan ahead for children’s needs.

 
8 Travel Tips
 
New Baby Coloring Pages Free Printable
 

Coloring pages to welcome new babies are included in this post. Free instant download PDF. This post was part of a virtual baby shower.

 
Welcome Baby
 
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Why people homeschool — have you wondered?

 
Why People Homeschool Recent Study
 
World Prematurity Day: An Interview About HELLP Syndrome
 

Do you know about HELLP Syndrome? No, that is not a misspelling. With HELLP, not everyone has the same symptoms.

 
World Prematurity Day
 
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Actually, children do worry about everything from tying shoes to whether or not they will be able to get lunch.

 
Worrying About School
 
 

I-wish-I-could-play-with-a-princeFun Photo Opportunities

3 different printable PDF free instant downloads are available:

1. Black and white printing signs (with writing pages, if wanted)

2. Color printing signs for when I grow up possible occupations

3. Color printing signs for imaginary playmates

 
 
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Free When I Grow Up Free Posters for photo ops are very fun to have! What do the children think they are going to be when they can choose their careers? Snap some pictures to enjoy later.

 
 
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Children might dress up (if clothing is available) for fun photo sessions, also.

 
 

Suggested Books for Parents

 
 
What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z
 
America From A To Z
 
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Big Book Pick & Draw
 
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Happy Mommy
 
Kindergarten-book-by-Susan-Case
 
Kindergarten At Home
 
Mom for the Holidays: Stories of Love, Laughter & Tantrums at Christmas & Hanukkah
 
Mom for the Holidays
 
Montessori-at-Home-Manners-book
 
Montessori at Home
 
Project-Based-Homeschooling-Mentoring-Self-Directed-Learners
 
Project-Based Homeschooling
 
Smart Moves by Dr. Hannaford, A Book Review
 
Smart Moves Post 1
 
Smart Moves by Dr. Hannaford, A Book Review part two
 
Smart Moves Post 2
 
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You Are Your Child’s First Teacher
 

A Very Few Apps and Electronic Devices for Family Learning

 
 
Junior Microscope Review and Free Instant Work Pages PDF
 

Miss Owl reviewed a high-quality junior microscope with three industry-standard magnification levels, batteries, 2 lights, prepared slides, and other materials.

 
Junior Microscope
 
 
National Geographic Puzzle Explorer App Review
National Geographic Puzzle Explorer App Review
 

In this Nat Geo Puzzler app, children create their own mazes which will occupy them for hours and will engage in higher-level thinking skills. Challenges and entertainment!

 
Nat Geo Explorer App
 
 
Nell Educational App for Letter Sounds and Literacy
 

Montessori Method:
Lower case letters are taught first!

Nell’s lessons are based on the Montessori method of teaching. Many of the lessons you’ll see in the Nell app are used in Montessori preschool programs around the world.  It very nicely teaches skills with a calm and sweet approach without loud bells and whistles.

 
Nell Letters App
 
 
Mini Microscope for Phone or Tablet Camera
 

Non-digital, inexpensive mini microscope from GeoCentral. It is important for children to experience the microscopic (and telescopic) worlds when young, according to Montessori education.

 
Mini Microscope
 
 
Multi Language App and Cards
 

This active learning product supports eight languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Korean. So augmented reality cards look like memory game cards (and have passed safety standards).

 
Multi-Language App
 
 
Kitchen Activities
 
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The bubbling snowman is easy to set up. Begin with a cookie tray and arrange different size lids to create a flat snowman. We drew a face on one lid using a sharpie marker. Be sure the lids are upside down so they can be filled with baking soda.

 
Bubbling Snowman
 
 
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Mixing colors in the kitchen with a few common ingredients provides an engaging activity for children. This is one they are sure to want to do over and over as it will be different each time.

 
Color Blast
 
 
How to Easily Grow Garlic to Spice Bread at Home

This post is about how to grow garlic to spice bread at home. Have you noticed garlic scapes on any menus? Garlic scapes are the leaves that grow from a garlic bulb.  Do you happen to have some garlic in the pantry?

 
Grow Garlic Scapes
 
 
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Free PDF. There are 3 pages of directions: one for a microwave oven, one for using a solar oven, and one for the microwave approach. Children can read the directions and prepare the S’mores for the family. Sneak in some summer reading!

 
Make S’mores 3 Ways
 
 
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Gummy candy, anyone? We used a candy making kit found online and I purchased my own materials.  So the most interesting thing we learned was that seaweed in its dried and powdered forms can make gelatin for making gummies.

 
Make Gummy Candy
 
 
Penny Cleaning Science Experiment Using Kitchen Staples

Did you know things like ketchup, salt, vinegar, and lemon juice will clean and brighten pennies? If your pennies are all bright and shiny, you can keep them in water overnight to allow them to darken for this experiment. Warning, children might like to do this over and over!

 
Shine Pennies
 
 

Activities and Places to Visit — Miss Owl’s Favorites

 
 
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Back to School Free Printable
 
Skip Counting Puzzles Back to School Free PDF
 
 
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Miss Owl’s trip included a visit to Disneyland in Paris

 
Disneyland Paris
 
Free Printable Placemats
 
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Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

Eggstravaganza
 
 
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Eidem Homestead Visit and Free 3-Part Farm Cards

 
Eidem Homestead
 
Farm 3-part Cards Free
 
 
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Fishing Clinic
 
Free ABC Fishing Activity
 
 
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Free Christmas Sukoku and Playdough Mats
 
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5 Fun Places
 
 
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Meet My Mom
 
Micro-Premie-Me
 
 
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Minnesota Zoo
 
Free Word Search and Coloring PDF
 
 
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More Fun Places
 
 
Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See
 

Visiting Eastman Nature Center

 
Nature Center Fun Learning
 
 
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Peg Doll Family Free PDF Pattern
 
 
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The Plaza Playground experience was pure joy for Miss Owl and us as we watched her jump and play. It is close by and is open 365 days a year. She loved the Kangaroo jumping floor the best.

Plaza Playground
 
 
Miss-Owl-and-her-Adventures-and-Activities
 

This page has links to posts featuring our Miss Owl — her adventures, activities, free PDFs, and informational posts. We hope you enjoy it!

Miss Owl’s Adventures
 
 
Fun to Make and Create
 
 
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Fairy Garden Building

This post has a free flower theme printable complete with some vocabulary words and coloring pages for the children.

 
Fairy Gardens
 
 
Eastman Nature Center in the Three Rivers Park District recently held a fairy theme story time and activity class.
Eastman Nature Center in the Three Rivers Park District recently held a fairy theme story time and activity class.
 

Eastman Nature Center in the Three Rivers Park District recently held a fairy theme storytime and activity class.

 
Story Time Nature Center