Books and a Big Idea: Summer Reads Edition!

Blog, She Wrote: Books & a Big Idea Summer Fun Edition

This post contains an affiliate link to Chalk Pastels ebooks from Hodgepodge. There’s a new release and a special sale. Thanks for your support.

I’m excited about today’s link up post since I’m such a fan of children’s literature and a good unit study! We are sharing lots of books with craft & activity ideas. You don’t want to miss the fun!

I’m sharing ideas for three of our favorite summer time books- I couldn’t pick just one! Below you will find links to some fun activities we have done from the Blog, She Wrote archives along with matching chalk pastel tutorials.

Blog She Wrote: Books & a Big Idea Summer Fun Edition

Blueberry Fun with Blueberries for Sal

Blog She Wrote: Books & a Big Idea Summer Fun Edition

One Morning in Maine

  • Make clam chowder
  • A Path to the Beach– the first chalk pastel tutorial from Hodgepodge Mom!
  • My Blue Boat chalk tutorial– has a great little light house and boat similar to the one in the story
  • Make a tooth keeper for under the pillow- the main character in this book has lost her first tooth

Blog She Wrote: Books & a Big Idea Summer Fun Edition

Night of the Moonjellies

Don’t forget that just reading to your children is always great fun and it is a sure cure for the grumpies at our house- whether they are young or old! So, don’t worry if you don’t have the activity bug. Just read!

Another tip: these activities don’t always have to be totally prescribed. Part of the summer fun is just letting kids choose how to play. Consider letting your children enjoy these activities on their own or choose to let them try a recipe on their own with only the necessary supervision. Make the materials available and see what your kids come up with!

Join other iHomeschool Network bloggers for more Books & a Big Idea. This is great fun with children’s books!

Southern Hodgepodge is holding a flash sale on the new Chalk Pastels through the Seasons for $5.99 (regularly $7.99) and The Chalk Pastel Bundle- both ebooks for $19.99 (regularly $24.99). The sale ends Tuesday, July 9th at midnight EDT.

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Blueberry Pie

It’s that time of year in New York State when we pick and process blueberries! We hope to pick when we arrive home again (this post was scheduled for while we are gone), but I did buy a flat of them to freeze and to make a pie.

A very yummy, amazing pie. Polly’s Perfect Blueberry Pie

The crust is as easy as…well…pie! You mix it right in the pie dish.
The blueberries stay whole for this pie.
Ready for the oven…

I hope to make another one or so this season and I seriously wonder how it would freeze. If any one knows, leave a comment!

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Blueberry Ornament

About six months late…

We always make a Five in a Row book related Christmas ornament each year and this year they never made it out, but I have redeemed the family name.

Now I can take the FIAR stuff off the dining room pencil tree. I think we’ll replace them with some decorations related to our first unit of the new school year.

Now…I wonder what THAT will be.

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