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Chrysanthemum Activities

We love the book Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes and we just did a week of fun activities to go along with this terrific book. Chrysanthemum is a mouse who grows up loving her unique name—until she goes to school. The … Continue reading

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Coming Up Next on Creekside Learning

I have so many fun things planned for the Creekside kiddos and, of course, I’ll be posting them on the blog, but here’s a sneak preview. My kindergarten-aged daughter, The Queen Bee, adores her favorite story characters, so I’ve been … Continue reading

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Learning With Literature: Angelina Ballerina

I have a 5 year old daughter who loves all things ballet. Thus, the idea for Angelina Ballerina Week.  I packed Mommy’s Book Bag with some Angelina supplies:  a stack of Angelina books, by Katherine Holabird, and a little Angelina … Continue reading

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Halloween Fun with Stellaluna

Stellaluna isn’t a Halloween story, but Halloween is a great time of year to read it.  Think of all the bat decorations you may already own or could buy from the dollar store.  Perfect for acting out the story of … Continue reading

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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Activities

It all started with a list of plays at a local community theatre. I let the kids each pick a couple that they would like to attend over the next year and my 5 year old daughter picked Lilly’s Purple … Continue reading

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F.I.A.R. The Giraffe That Walked To Paris

We’re back in the swing of things with Five in a Row! Although we didn’t complete all the Volume I books, I decided to delve into Volume II with this wonderful story by Nancy Milton.  The Giraffe That Walked to … Continue reading

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Olivia Books, Our New Favorites

Not only do we love the Olivia books by Ian Falconer, but one of them is perfect for Five in a Row. We just discovered Olivia Goes To Venice. I wish we would’ve had this book when we rowed Papa … Continue reading

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