Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day! Take 50% OFF at Little Acorn Learning!

Happy Earth Day!

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Here is a story about little earthworms that you can share with the children:

Earthworms

After a long and soaking rain, the Earthworms came out of their burrows, or rather, they came part way out, for each Earthworm put out half of his body, and, as there were many of them and they lived near to each other, they could easily visit without leaving their own homes. Two of these long, slimy people were talking, when a Potato Bug strolled by. "You poor things," said he, "what a wretched life you must lead. Spending one's days in the dark earth must be very dreary."

"Dreary!" exclaimed one of the Earthworms, "it is delightful. The earth is a snug and soft home. It is warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather. There are no winds to trouble us, and no sun to scorch us."
"But," said the Potato Bug, "it must be very dull. Now, out in the grass, one finds beautiful flowers, and so many families of friends."

"And down here," answered the Worm," we have the roots. Some are brown and woody, like those of the trees, and some are white and slender and soft. They creep and twine, until it is like passing through a forest to go among them. And then, there are the seeds. Such busy times as there are in the ground in spring-time! Each tiny seed awakens and begins to grow. Its roots must strike downward, and its stalk upward toward the light. Sometimes the seeds are buried in the earth with the root end up, and then they have a great time getting twisted around and ready to grow."

"Still, after the plants are all growing and have their heads in the air, you must miss them."  "We have the roots always," said the Worm. "And then, when the summer is over, the plants have done their work, helping to make the world beautiful and raise their seed babies, and they wither and droop to the earth again, and little by little the sun and the frost and the rain help them to melt back into the earth. The earth is the beginning and the end of plants."

"Do you ever meet the meadow people in it?" asked the Potato Bug.  "Many of them live here as babies," said the Worm. "The May Beetles, the Grasshoppers, the great Humming-bird Moths, and many others spend their babyhood here, all wrapped in eggs or cocoons. Then, when they are strong enough, and their legs and wings are grown, they push their way out and begin their work. It is their getting-ready time, down here in the dark. And then, there are the stones, and they are so old and queer. I am often glad that I am not a stone, for to have to lie still must be hard to bear. Yet I have heard that they did not always lie so, and that some of the very pebbles around us tossed and rolled and ground for years in the bed of a river, and that some of them were rubbed and broken off of great rocks. Perhaps they are glad now to just lie and rest."

"Truly," said the Potato Bug," you have a pleasant home, but give me the sunshine and fresh air, my six legs, and my striped wings, and you are welcome to it all."  "You are welcome to them all," answered the Worms, "We are contented with smooth and shining bodies, with which we can bore and wriggle our way through the soft, brown earth. We like our task of keeping the earth right for the plants, and we will work and rest happily here."

The Potato Bug went his way, and said to his brothers, "What do you think? I have been talking with Earthworms who would not be Potato Bugs if they could." And they all shook their heads in wonder, for they thought that to be Potato Bugs was the grandest and happiest thing in the world.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Go for a Listening Walk to Celebrate Earth Day!

Today in the Little Acorn Learning Caregiver's Calendar, the daily activity is to take your children on a Listening Walk. What a nice activity to do with children of all ages the day before Earth Day!

What is a Listening Walk?

There are many fun ways to do this.

You can make a list of things that your children may hear and have them check it off like a scavenger hunt

What did you hear?

  • Birds
  • Wind blowing
  • Cars
  • A dog barking
  • Water dripping
  • Children playing


You can give your child a pad and colored pencils or crayons, go for a silent walk while listening and ask them to sit quietly at the end and draw the things they hear around them.

At the end of your walk, have the children sit in one place as still as can be and close their eyes. Tell them to try their hardest to not make a movement or a sound and only breathe calmly and listen to what is around them. These little lessons in meditation and mindfulness will be very helpful to them as they grow up.

Here are some sweet books you can read with the children before you go for your walk:












Monday, April 06, 2015

Mudpies & Butterflies - A Photo Contest for April

In honor of Earth Day, this month's theme is: *Mudpies & Butterflies*
Send us photos of your little ones digging into the earth or delighting at the sights of spring.  Get creative with our theme and surprise us a bit!

Winners recieve a free e-book of their choice from Little Acorn Learning. Our photo contest for April has just begun and will continue through 4/12/15!

How to enter to win:

-Send no more than 3 photos per family or school correlating to our theme(s) to info@littleacornlearning.com

-Include your name and written permission for Little Acorn Learning to use your photo in future publications or marketing.

-Once your photo is posted on our Facebook Page, ask family and friends to LIKE it by sharing the link.

-The photos with the most LIKES win a FREE EBook of their choice from Little Acorn Learning - we will end our contest on April 12, 2015 and calculate winners!

Friday, April 03, 2015

These 14 Years

I'm not sure how the day has come that Keira has turned 14. I remember when she was inside of me and the day I walked into the home I'm living in now... looking at each room, considering.. and thinking "Yes, we will live here together - this house will work. It will be a nice place to raise this baby."

This baby who is now 14 years old. This baby who has brought so much joy into my life.

I've lived here with her for 14 years and the memories we have all created cannot fit into one scrapbook, one blog or a memoir. It feels both like a lifetime and a blink of an eye at the same time if you can imagine that.

I am filled with pride and gratitude but also fear. The years go by faster now that I'm older... and 14 years will go by faster than they did before.

So I hold onto today and the moments with my girls. I breathe them in deep, I smell their hair, I truly listen when they speak to me, I hug them whenever I can, I stop myself from yelling or being unkind and I remember that every moment I have a choice. I can choose to make this moment matter and I can choose how I share it with them. And so can you.
 Happy 14 Years to Keira. My Sweet, Gentle, Nurturing Daughter. My Friend and My Helper.

I Love You.


Monday, March 30, 2015

The Easter Bunny's Coming...

Would you like to know a secret?
Well, I'll tell you one I know:
The Easter's Bunny's coming,
My mama told me so.

He'll bring a basket filled with eggs
And leave it in my yard,
And I will find it Easter morn,
If I look very hard.

I shouldn't tell my secret,
But I think it should be shared.
You ought to know that Bunny's coming,
So you can be prepared!





This year we planted our own Easter Basket Grass. The girls soaked the Rye Berries overnight and then planted them in their baskets. The grass is already coming up pretty good and they are so excited. We will leave our empty baskets out for the Easter Bunny this weekend and he will fill it up and hide it. Then he leaves a Easter Egg hunt filled with clues that lead to the baskets. This is a really fun and easy tradition to start with your family and the grass grows amazingly quick. The girls love looking each day to see how tall it has grown and there's something really sweet about natural grass rather than the plastic kind.

Oh and tomorrow is the LAST day of the Spring Sale at Little Acorn Learning! Hurry up and get some wonderful e-books at 25% off!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Things in Our Etsy Shop

I spend a little time this week making some wool hair clips to put in the Little Acorn Learning Etsy Shop.  They came out very sweet and the girls were wonderful models for me :)






Needless to say, it doesn't feel ANYTHING like Spring in Connecticut. Our woodstove is pumping daily, our wool is on and the snow is still knee deep on the ground.

It will come, though. So we wait. Next I will try to find the time to plan out my garden and start some indoor seeds.

As far as my clean eating goes, I was doing so well but have had a few slips this weekend. I'm headed in the right direction again with the start of a new week.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Winners of SPRING...

I just got home from SUCH a long day. One of my daughters was part of an Odyssey of the Mind team and today was the final competition. We have been working SO hard for months and while we didn't win this year, our town won BIG time and we are so very proud of all of our teammates.

It's been a lot of work. I volunteer a lot but this was honestly one of the biggest challenges/commitments I've ever had to face working with a young group toward a goal. It wasn't always easy but we really did great and I am so proud of our team.

The snow has finally stopped falling in Connecticut (on the first day of Spring) so I guess I can announce our giveaway winners now.  f your comment is listed below, please email us at info (at) littleacornlearning.com with your name and the fact that you won a FREE Spring Festivals E-Book and we will send it your way!

Oh... I should admit, I had a non-processed SLIP!  I've been so so good and I even brought all clean snacks for myself today along with a salad.  But, after hour 4 or 5 I caved and grabbed a handful of my daughter's Doritos as we were waiting at the competition.

AND.THEY.WERE.DELICIOUS!!!!

But, I'm back on track tomorrow. Progress, not perfection.  xoxo

Thank you all for participating and... HAPPY SPRING - wherever you are - (even if it's still snowing!)

Blogger ashadele said...
I am a homeschooling mama of two adventurous little boys! We live in the Pacific Northwest in beautiful Coeur D'alene Idaho. We noticed today the first little blooms of flowers in our backyard. The boys have been busy building our gnomes little homes out of bark and pinecones. We are all ready for our little woodsy friends to come out and play!
Blogger Anna Rose said...
I teach a Nature and Art Based Kindergarten in Saskatchewan, Canada. We've had unusually warm weather for the last few months, and were enjoying lots of puddles and mud right up until today - the first day of Spring - we got a bunch more snow. My class and I have been celebrating diversity - learning about Rainbows, and we decided to paint the snow. I diluted some tempra paint in squirt bottles, and we painted the snow all around our school yard, then some boulders, as well. When we came inside, I had set up a story called "The Rainbow and the Antelope" to share a creation myth introducing seeds (and how to plant them) - we planted popcorn to start in our indoor garden. 
Blogger Diana Gozenput said...
It's my son's 3rd birthday, and I remember walking to the hospital in a tank top and shorts to deliver! Same day, 3 years later, it is snowing and beautifully cold!
Blogger Sasha Sandenskog said...
Here in Sweden it is unusually warm and we have a distinct lack of snow - even the snowdrops are out! :)
Blogger Finamoon said...
Did 1-3. 4. We live in Oregon. Our first day of Spring was rainy, but I still went and planted some Blueberry bushes :) We had a bit of sun now and then peaking through the clouds. I love that the buds are starting to bloom and the daffodils are out. My friend has this gorgeous flowering quince in his front yard and all the humming birds were out buzzing around it. It was lovely. My email is websurfergirl19 AT hotmail DOT com if I win. Thanks!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Day Three of Clean Eating and a Snowy Spring Giveaway!




Ok I'm on Day 3 of "clean eating" and I feel like I've eaten too much. Nothing I ate was processed which is great and no sugar at all but I did have potatoes tonight (my favorite - red potatoes with olive oil). They are clean but not low-carb. I actually think I've gained about 2 lbs since starting this. In either case, at least my food is pure and healthy.

At dinner the girls were asking me about a woman we know who was a child that survived the holocaust. She still has the numbers on her arm. I do not know her entire story but I do know that the story should never be forgotten. The girls are very curious and all three of them are at different ages so I have to be careful how I share things. We decided to read Anne Frank's Diary together a little every night and talk about it. As we read tonight, it amazed me to realize that this all happened when my own grandmother was nearly 30 years old and living her life here in America with no worries. Anne mentioned how her two uncles fled to North America because they were Jewish and the rules were getting so intense. My grandmother met my grandfather in New York and he also came here from Germany. We do not know the exact reasons why but I believe it was because he wanted to get away from the ugliness of what was happening over there.


Today is the first day of Spring and it did not feel like it one bit. My girls got dismissed early from school because of a snowstorm on its way. In order to try to bring Spring indoors, we made some new wool barrettes for the Little Acorn Learning Etsy Shop. I haven't added any to the shop yet as I hope to make a bunch first. They are 100% wool plant dyed felt and very sweet.



Then we enjoyed our first Spring day by putting on two layers of clothing, our snowpants, hats, gloves and boots and jumping around in the snowstorm!  Funny isn't it?


I promised something fun and free today so here it goes:

To celebrate the very first day of Spring, I will be giving away 5 FREE Spring Festival E-Books randomly!  
Here's how to enter to win:

1.  Like our Facebook Page
2. Join our Discussion Group
3. Sign up for Our Mailing List
4. Leave a comment letting us know a little bit about you and your family and where you live. What is the first day of Spring like where you live?

Good luck to you - check back here tomorrow night after 8 p.m. EST to see who won!

Happy Spring!
xoxo

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