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I'll be back next week to share a peek at summer here in Wyoming!








We are enjoying some time off this week. See you next week! Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Natural DIY After Sun Spray

Summer means lots of sunshine and water play and that means lots of sun-exposed skin. We use a natural zinc oxide sunscreen, cover up while we are out, and try to avoid staying out in the sun too long, but sometimes we visit with friends too long at the park or forget to cover up, and that sometimes means just a little too much sun - especially early in the summer when we are not used to getting sun.

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So we've been using Pure Aloe Vera + Lavender in a spray bottle to cool and nourish the skin. 


I've always just used aloe for sun-exposed skin, but using pure aloe vera juice and lavender in a spray bottle is my new go-to spray for sun-exposed skin.

Lavender is one of history’s most celebrated and versatile essential oils. Today, we use lavender to cleanse, support normal sleep, ease occasional stress moods, and soothe sun-exposed skin. Young Living's Therapeutic-grade lavender is also highly regarded for skin and beauty.


More Lavender tips:
  • Diffuse for a comforting and calming scent. 
  • Unwind by adding a few drops to a nighttime bath. 
  • Diffuse for a fresh, clean scent and to eliminate odors. 
  • May complement some of your favorite shampoos, lotions, or skin care products

Young Living Lavender Farm

Did you know that Young Living is the one and only essential oil company that grows their own plants?  That's just one of the reasons that Young Living is the only essential oil company that I trust for my family.

The All-New Starter Kit is Here!


A new look, and new options. . .


What's new?
  • Copaiba, Di-Gize, and R.C. replaced Citrus Fresh, Tea Tree, and Joy.
  • See through windows on the labels to help you see how much oil you have left.  
  • Four diffuser options: Home, Dewdrop, Bamboo, and Aria diffusers
  • New sample accessories, including sample bottles and product cards.
  • Exclusive price starting at $160 for the starter kit with the home diffuser. (The kit price will change to reflect which diffuser you choose).  This new price is only available to new members. 

The most economical way to get started with Young Living Essential Oils is the New Starter Kit! Click to to learn more or get started HERE!

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To celebrate the new kit, I'm offering free shipping and tax (up to $20 cash back) to anyone who signs up with me in the months of June, July and August with a new starter kit! I will also send you a special thank you gift (valued at $16.95) to help you get started with your oils. :) You must purchase the kit the same month you register with me using my member # 2036325, and you must email me at delightfullearning@gmail.com to let me know that you saw this offer on Delightful Learning to qualify! 


The innovated new starter kit contains some of my favorite essential oils and blends:




















Get started here!

Disclaimer: This product or information is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. 

Please also note that while I think essential oils are wonderful, it is very important to use them properly. Please read your labels and follow the usage directions for each oil.

The ABC Bunny {B4FI♥AR}

~Boaz is 4 years, 5 months~

We focused on a general overview of the alphabet, signing our abc's, recognizing the letters and their sounds, abc order, upper and lower case matching, spelling our name . . . and of course, bunnies when I rowed The ABC Bunny with Malachi and Eliana at ages 3 and 5.

With Bo, our row of The ABC Bunny was to celebrate Bo finishing upper case letters in All About Reading Pre-reading, but we also listened to the ABC Bunny Song added in some animal classification, ABC Bunny Literature Printable activities, a simple weather theme, and to celebrate we had ABC Ice Cream Sundaes!

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Wind & Weather

Like a Windy Day, What Will the Weather Be?, Wind, & Weather (An Usborne book from Sonlight Core A)

F for Frog - he's fat and funny "Looks like rain," says he to Bunny
G for gale ! H for hail ! Hippy-hop goes Bunny's tail

We've had several thunderstorms, rain, and... even hail over the last couple weeks and Bo learned what a gale is, all about wind, and...


what hail is.

We made a Rain Cloud in a Jar


Bo dropped water mixed with blue food coloring onto shaving cream clouds until the clouds became too heavy to hold any more water and then it rained! 

We read ABC's at the Store and talked about all the things we like to eat. 



We had a fun ABC Hunt at the grocery store to find an ice cream topping for every letter of the alphabet!

We made ABC Ice Cream Sundaes! 


First, Bo put the ABC leaf cards in alphabetical order. Then he matched each letter to the candy topping. (We had to get creative on E - English Toffee, and U - the U in a CRUNCH bar). And we had to have friends over to help us eat all that candy! (Half of which Mali, Elli, and Bo have never eaten because we generally don't eat food coloring.)





A - Almond Joy, B - Bottle Caps, C - Caramel, D - Dots, E - Heath English Toffee, F - Flipz, 
G - Gobstoppers, H - Hot Fudge, I - Ice Cream, J - Junior Mints, K - Kit Kat, L - Lemonheads,
  M - Milk Duds, N - Nut Topping, O - Oreos, P - Payday, Q - Quaker Quinoa granola bar,
 R - Reeses, S - Snowcaps, T - Twizzlers, U - CrUnch bar (Uno bar if you can find one), 
V - Red Vines licorice, W - Whoppers, X - CheX MiX Muddy Buddies, Y - Yogurt Raisins,
&  Z - Zero Brownie Bar 



The ABC Ice Cream Sundaes were inspired by our ABC Hunt in our row of The ABC Bunny with Malachi and Eliana. We had fun finding stuff from around the house for our ABC Hunt, but it was a lot of work to put it all away! I wanted something that I didn't have to put away this time, hence something edible! :) 

The ABC Bunny is a Before Five in a Row selection. There are a lot of Fun Things to do with B4FIAR, but the most important thing is to cultivate a love for learning. ♥

Find more wonderful ideas for The ABC Bunny 
and more Before Five in a Row books visit the FIAR Link-Up.

Find more ideas for learning at the Preschool & Kindergarten Community.


A Review of WordBuild: Foundations Level 1

JazzEdge  Review

WordBuild: Foundations, Level 1 is designed to teach students the meanings of the most important prefixes and suffixes in the English language the Dynamic Literacy way of exponential learning.

My 4th grader has completed his reading program and while he can decode at a high school level, he may not understand all the words he is reading. So I was very interested in a program to teach him a lot of words!

Albert {FI♥AR}



My heart is most definitely into unit studies! ♥

It was fun to tie Birds of a Feather unit study in with our Bigger Hearts study of John Audubon: Young Naturalist, and then to follow it up with a Five in a Row Unit Study of Albert was wonderful! We continued our study of birds, explored blackberries, made a fabulous Spring Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette, investigated apartment living, and more! 

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We started with a continuation of our study on birds - this time focusing on Nesting, and then we followed the Volume 4 manual for our row. 

Science: Nesting, Tomatoes, Vining Plants, Berries

Nesting
Then one sunny day, Albert stuck his hand out the window, and the next thing he knew, a twig appeared in it. Albert looked aournd in surprise. A cardinal flew by and dropped in another twig. . . Albert watched dumbfounded, as his now cupped hand filled to the brim. 
The cardinals fluttered and fussed and poked and pulled. They heaped grasses into the center of the twigs. Finally the female shaped the nest to fit her breast and settled in." ~Albert

We learned in Flying Creatures - and this was a surprise to us - that nests are not bird homes.
"Usually a bird will use its nest only to raise its young. It's not where a bird lives year round. Once a baby bird is grown, it doesn't return to its nest, and once a bird is done raising all of it's young for a season, it usually does not need the nest any longer. It only sleeps in the nest when it is incubating eggs..." 

We also learned that birds will often sleep in a hole (but not in a nest), in a forest tree that is thick with leaves, on the ground under a bush, or in a thick bush to roost for the night.

We also learned that while most bird nests once abandoned will probably not be used again, it is against the law to keep a bird nest. Wonder if this is why Albert lets the bird nest drop to the ground?!

We learned that a cup nest is the most common of all bird nests (the kind the cardinals built in Alberts hand) and that birds use all kinds of materials to build a nest: twigs, grass, lichen, moss, leaves and that they use all kind of materials to hold it together: mud, rotten wood, dung, spider webs, caterpillar silk, and even bird saliva.

Eggs and Chicks (an Usborne book) was a fun review of all that we've learned and a fun way to pull Bo into our study.



Tomato: Fruit or Vegetable?
"Albert sat at his table and drank tomato juice and listened to the noises of the morning."

We had tomato juice and toast for breakfast. There is a recipe in the manual, but I just bought canned tomato juice. Kids had toast with butter and I had toast too (Ezekiel Sesame Sprouted) with low fat cottage cheese for an E breakfast. :)


We learned some interesting facts from the manual and also that the U.S. classified it as a vegetable for tariff reasons in the 1800s. Tomato is a "seed container" so from a botanist point of view, a tomato is a fruit.

Vining Plants


At a local greenhouse. 

We will study these in Botany, but to demonstrate this concept, we planted pole beans and I'm hoping to surprise the kids with a bean teepee they can play in after they've watched it wind up the bamboo poles!

Berries: Blackberries
"From that day on, Albert peeped and the father cardinal fed him blackberries."
We examined and dissected a blackberry.




Where do blackberries grow?



The kids remember picking wild blackberries in Oregon. 


FIAR Recipe: Spring Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

Yummy!







This might be my favorite recipe from Five in a Row! (I Trim Healthy Mama-fied it by using stevia instead of honey.)

Language Arts: Write a Postcard


The plan was to write and mail a postcard - Albert writes postcards that are never mailed, and. . . we do that all the time, but we actually mailed this one! Eliana has a friend that moved into a new apartment so we tied this into apartment living...

She wrote:
We are rowing Albert and learning about apartment living. What is your favorite thing about your new apartment? It is fun? 
Eliana thinks it would be fun to live in an apartment - especially one that has a pool!

Social Studies: City Living, Apartment Living

Went downtown to look at the apartments on Main Street and to look for apartment vocabulary, like awnings, fire escapes, staircases, elevators, and more. We drove through the alleys to discover all the fire escapes and the kids were surprised that they never noticed them before as we can see them from the main road. They were also surprised that there are so many apartments above the shops downtown.




We thought Frackelton's had the coolest awning. :) 


Next up: Make a shoebox apartment with Playmobil!


Complete with a fire escape. . . 




People passing by. 

And street vendors. 

Eliana created scenes from the book (on her own). 


Albert listening to baseball games on the radio. 





They are still having fun with this.

Art: Music - Penny Whistle (Flageolet), Watercolor, Cardinal Nest Scene, Nature Journal

We made eggs with air dry clay, let them dry, and painted to put in nest to make a "nest scene."





Our Cardinal Nest Scene (A lesson from the manual). 

We included a penny whistle in our nest scene - Malachi has wanted a flageolet ever since we read John Audubon and so I bought a penny whistle for him to try to make bird songs with.

Nature Journal: Pocketful of Pinecones


We've just started reading this, but I like it so far. Now that summer is here, I'm hoping to include more nature study in our learning and play. I bought Canson Mix Media journals for the kids and might just skip ahead to Lesson 13 in Botany for a quick lesson on Nature Journaling!

There were other lessons that were learned and thoughtful discussions about the book -  like the world Albert lives in, his fear, how those fears can rob us of our joy, and how sometimes something simple like compassion can make us realize how wonderful the world is that we live in. ♥