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The Penguin Pack from All About Learning Press {December Promo}

The Penguin Pack is a fun little packet of reading and spelling activities that spans all levels of reading and spelling. This pack (valued at $12.95) is FREE with any order $25 or more during the month of December, while supplies last. 

Each activity has suggestions on how to use them, and I found several fun ways to use them with my pre-reader up to my Level 4 reader. 

Penguin ABCs

Eliana, my Level 2 reader, helped Bo, my pre-reader, put all the ABCs in alphabetical order. Then she sang the Alphabet Song with him as she pointed to each letter. 

Then she had Bo spell his name. 

Both uppercase and lowercase letters are included in this set. 

Rhyming Penguins

In this activity, Eliana matched up rhyming words. 

Bo really wanted to play, so I had her play "Get out of the sled" with him. This game is based on the "Get out of the wagon" game from All About Reading Pre-Reading. In the original game, I put three word pictures in a wagon and Bo has to chose the one that doesn't rhyme. He then tells that picture card to "get out of the wagon!" In this game, she read the words to him, and he listened for the two that rhymed and told the one that didn't belong to "Get out of the sled!" This was really great for reinforcing rhyming concepts from Pre-reading and Bo loved to be included!

Penguin Word Search

The Penguin Word Search was a fun way to practice reading and spelling skills. Eliana whipped out level 1 for a review and Malachi, my Level 4 reader, did Levels 3 and 4 and asked if he could do the others as well. He loves word searches and loved the challenge of working above his level. 

Penguin Picture Books

This is a list of Marie's favorite penguin books. They are a collection of very cute and fun books about penguins. We found three of the five books from the list at our local library and snuggled up to read them on a very cold and snowy day!

Fun Penguin Facts

This is an 18 page mini book with facts on 16 different penguin species. I had Malachi read this aloud to us for more reading practice!

Positively Penguin Lunch

I didn't have all the ingredients on hand to make this, but the kids begged me to buy olives to make the penguin crackers. It's such a cute little lunch that is sure to warm you up!

Playful Penguin Stickers

With all the attention the older kids were getting, Bo was sure pleased when I pulled out the penguin stickers! It was the perfect way to end our penguin fun and left him a very happy little boy who was even more excited to do "his" reading. 

The activities from The Penguin Pack were fun and just what we needed to get us back into our reading and spelling groove after taking some time off. If you plan on taking a break from regular schooling this month, The Penguin Pack is sure to help you get back on track! If not, The Penguin Pack would be a perfect way to take a break and have some penguin fun!

Read more about The Penguin Pack on the All About Learning Press Blog and visit the All About Learning Press site to order (affiliate link). Have fun! 

Amber on the Mountain {FI♥AR}

The setting for Amber on the Mountain is somewhere in the mountains - we are not told which ones, but I did a search on "swiss mountain life" and this gorgeous photo of the Swiss Alps caught my eye ~ it looks just like the mountains on the cover of the book! Then this photo of a cabin the mountains. Does that not take you right into the book?! I showed the second picture to Elli and she exclaimed, "That's Amber on the Mountain!" These photos are in a post called Tour de Swiss and truly capture the essence of Amber on the Mountain.  So, we will place our story disk on the Alps in Switzerland.

For Social Studies, we covered mountain life, Swiss culture, determination, and friendship. For Science, we covered how mountains are formed. For Language Arts, we covered similes and parallelism, and Elli wrote a letter to a friend. For Art, we made our own entertainment (the kids did skits and made their own musical instruments) and listened to mountain songs. And for Math, we covered Months and I made sure Eliana had the months of the year down pat. (It's was covered in her Math book as well.)

As usual, I spread our five days over two weeks, rather than trying to get it all done in one week along with our basics, which makes for a full day themselves.

Here's some of what we covered:

Mountain Life & Climate ~ The Usborne Living World Encyclopedia

Amber lives an isolated life, so I liked that last tie in. :)

(Lapbook from Aussie Pumpkin Patch)

(We colored the Swiss flag backwards, oops!)


For our lesson on diligence, the kids chose an activity, set a goal, and then practiced daily. Elli wants to be able to jump rope 50 times without missing.

How Mountains Are Formed

Demonstrating How Folded Mountains are Formed



Lesson on Parallelism 

 FIAR Memory Making: Swiss Cooking

Traditional Swiss Mountain Dish made with potatoes, flour and butter. Simple and delightful - Maluns

Served with applesauce and sharp cheese. 

I found this imported cheese from Switzerland at Costco, would have bought it, but it is made from animal rennet and I couldn't find the animal source. If I had more time, I would research it more, but will share in case someone else is interested!

I didn't do a formal narration with Eliana. But, I overheard her give a perfect narration to her grandma over the phone while she was telling her all about what she is doing in school. I loved every little thing she said and wished I could have caught it on tape!

And I didn't get a picture of her letter, but it was very sweet to see her first attempt and imperfect spelling. She wrote to her friend, Megan, whom she met at the Feast at Steamboat Springs. She also drew pictures for several other little friends and we mailed them. I am so bad at snail mail, but I made it happen to hopefully teach her the lost art of handwriting letters.

For their own entertainment, they made up skits and played "Big."

Their dad is always getting them to participate in crazy skits and games for family time. They are really very funny and silly.

Big is using their imagination for role playing. They usually play Sister, Brother and Little Brother. But sometimes Bo is the dog. They make up creative stories for their characters. It's like they write a story each time they play. They never get bored of playing it because it's always different. They also play "Little." Little is like Big, but with toys. I love their imaginations. :)

With her lapbook pieces, we made a little bag book.

Amber on the Mountain is a Five in a Row selection from Volume 3.