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

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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 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

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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!

Foundations Level 1 Components:

  • Two Student Activity Books: weekly units with a years worth of activities focusing on prefixes and suffixes.
  • Teacher's Edition: lesson plans, tips, assessments, answer keys, and more.

Section One of the program is a 20 page workbook with color divided into two main sections.

The first half of the section one book is all about playing with compound words - putting words together, breaking them down, making new words, mixing and matching words, finding compound words in a word-search, and playing games with word parts to build compound words. These activities are all designed to give students an understanding that compound words are made up of meaningful parts.

The second half of the section one book focuses on the concept of prefixes and suffixes as a meaningful part of the word - an introduction to what will be covered in more detail in section 2.

Section Two is an 182 page black and white book that consists of 30 lessons that are each 6 pages long. Each lesson covers a different affix and their meaning. For example, the first lesson is "over" and it means "above or too much."

Each lesson has a variety of activities to teach and reinforce what they are learning over a 5 day period:

  • Day 1: Prefix Square - student starts in the middle of the square with a prefix and combines this prefix with the words in the other squares to build new words. Then they write the word and the definition in the space below. 

  • Day 2: Affix Adder - student affixes the prefix to another word, writes the meaning, and then uses the new word in a sentence. 
  • Day 3: "Magic Square" - student matches the words to their correct definition, places the number of the definition in the box so that all the numbers add up to one "magic number." 
  • Day 4: Word Search - designed to expose students to more words, the student finds the words and circles them. 
  • Day 5: Comprehension Booster - student practices using the affix in sentence contexts. Boosters are like a review and each one has a fun title that relates to that lesson's word. This is an easy way to assess the student's understanding of the affix being studied. 
View a sample lesson to see each component of a lesson in more detail.

 The Teacher's Edition includes a 5 day lesson overview of each prefix or suffix. Lessons follow a
"teach, complete, discuss" method (I do, you do, we do) that is geared for use in a classroom setting. Each lesson offers step-by-step procedures for teaching activities, assessments and tests, a word list for every unit, and more. The layout consists of text boxes for the method along with a sample of the student work page.

How we used Foundations Level 1 and our thoughts on the program:

I used the program with Malachi as intended completing one lesson over a 5 day period.

We first worked through and completed Section One. The activity pages were colorful, fun, and easy to do. Designed for grades 3-5 (or 5th-9th for remedial work), it seemed simple for Malachi who is in the 4th grade. He worked through the first 12 pages of the book and then I did the last 8 pages orally to speed things up and use the lessons as a quick review, as suggested in the Teacher's Edition.

We worked through the lessons in Section Two as intended, as well. Malachi completed one lesson over a 5 day period. At first Malachi liked the variety of activities. His favorites were the Magic Square and the Word Search. My favorite was the Comprehension Booster because it tested him on his understanding, which by now should be down pat with all of the practice!

In fact, as the review period wound down, I began to feel that some of the activities were overkill. We will set this aside for the rest of the summer and if/when we pick it up again this fall, I will have Malachi move through this at a much quicker pace and choose only a few activities to practice before doing the Comprehension Booster at the end of the lesson. Working at double pace, this would be a semester long course with assessments every three weeks, instead of every 6 weeks.

Foundations 1 is great for building vocabulary; however, the repetition made some of the activities feel like busy work at times. I didn't mind some of it, especially the activities that require my student to use the words in context. But, I think choosing a few activities will enable us to still get the benefits of this program, move at a quicker pace, and save time and energy for reading stories and books to build vocabulary.

  • Plenty of concept reinforcement and review
  • Systematic, easy to teach, and takes less than 15 minutes per day
  • Teaches meanings of key elements of words by teaching the most frequently used roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • Improves vocabulary and reading comprehension
  • Can help increase standardized test scores 
  • Activities are varied and encourage active learning

  • Repetitive practice feels like busy work
  • Designed for classroom use

WordBuild's tagline is "A Better Way to Teach Vocabulary" and I agree - WordBuild is a better way to teach vocabulary than having a student memorize a list of words. The activities are engaging and require the student to actively process what they are learning, apply that knowledge, and then understand it in context. That's definitely better than memorizing a list of words, but I've also been taught that reading lots of books will naturally build vocabulary. 

While we may or may not use this in the future, I think it's a great concept and think this would be most suited for students who love a workbook approach and a variety of activities to reinforce what they are learning.  

Read more Crew reviews to learn more about WordBuild: Foundations Level 1, Level 2, and also WordBuild Online! 

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