Thursday, May 30, 2013

Home Depot Kid's Workshops

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.
 
We've been going to The Home Depot Kid's Workshops for over a year now.  Bear {4.5 years} looks forward to them every month and diligently reminds them that they are coming up.  Here are all of Bear's projects and pins so far:

 

 
I'm always on the look-out for free kid's activities.  That's what makes the Kid's Workshops so great.  They're free and offer a great chance for kiddos to have hands-on experiences and bond with the family at the same time.  They teach kids how to follow directions, practice safety skills, and implement their creativity.
 
 
 
 The workshop we went to had a double plant holder.  We don't have much of a green thumb and tend to forget to water plants.  But, no worries!  We found an awesome way to use it for another purpose!  Using the hanging hole on the back, we secured it to the wall to hold our paintbrushes and dry erase markers next to the easel. 
 
 
 
 
Here are some The Home Depot Kid's Workshop Basics:
  • Free. Free. Free
  • Held the 1st Saturday of each month from 9-12. 
  • Kids get their build it kit, a Home Depot Apron, certificate of achievement, and project pin.

This Saturday's Kid's Workshop at The Home Depot is to build a Lawn Mover Pencil Holder.  Bear is super excited about this because he loves to watch our lawn guys each week.  He's even talked about giving it to them as a thank you gift. 
 
On Saturday, you can participate in one at your local Home Depot, too! It's free, it's fun, and it provides a great opportunity to bond with your kids.
 
You can also see more great DIY projects at The Apron Blog.  
 
 
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Plans for a DIY Compost Bin with Kids

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I was wanting to do this project as expediently as possible.  So, after I had drawn up my plans and made a supply list, I went to The Home Depot store that's 5 minutes from our house.  Once I was there, an amazing associate, Greg, helped me to find everything that I was looking for.  Again, because I wanted a quick prep time, I had him do the cuts for me.  Home Depot offers three free cuts; any additional are 50 cents apiece.  I didn't mind that charge, because it was well worth it to keep me from having to haul 12 foot pieces home, set up the sawhorses, get out the saw, measure the lengths and cut.  With the lumber, cuts, and deck screws, this project ended up costing a little under $150! 

The Home Depot has compost bin plans that you can use to create a 4x4x4 foot compost bin.  Because I wanted to create a larger space that was open on the side so that Bear and I could get in to turn the compost, I created our own plans to complete our DIY compost bin.  These were probably the biggest challenge I faced in the whole project, as I wanted to make sure that they were correct and easy to read.  You can find them farther down in the post.
 
 
From start to finish, our homemade compost bin took about 6 hours to build.  At times, I did have a little helper, so it was slowed down a tad.  Bear {4.5 years} helped me lay out the boards and line them up so that they were flush with the deck posts.  While he did this, he did have on rubber-coated gloves to prevent him from getting splinters.  I also wore gloves.  {Splinters from treated wood can get a irritated with a possible infection if not cared for right away.}  He got a kick out of being able to push the button on the electric drill while I held it in place. 
 
 
To create a bin the size that best suited us, I created my own plans. 

You can get my free kid-friendly compost bin plans here. Click the link, then right click the image and choose "Save As".  
left side      right side      back side       top view
 
 
Because of the large size of our bin and our variety of weather in the Midwest, I chose to get pressure-treated lumber to help it withstand the elements.  At some point, I think I'll let Bear paint it.

My Compost Bin Supply List
  • 4" x 4" x 4.5 ft deck posts: Quantity 4
  • 1" x 6" x 6 ft planks: Quantity 9
  • 1" x 6" x 4 ft planks: Quantity 18
  • 2" x 4" x 4.5 ft plank: Quantity 1
  • Deck Screws
  • Electric Drill with screwdriver bit
I assembled the back portion before the sides.  It was fairly simple.  To attach the sides to the back, I propped up the back with chairs behind it and a 2x4 leaning diagonally on the other side.  When attaching the sides, I stood them up and lined up the 2x6s with the deck post.  The first screws that I put in were those on the top and bottom boards of each side.  This ensured that the edges were flush and not crooked.  I was then able to go down the side and add two screws per board.  And voila!  We were done.

After the bin was completed, Bear dug right in and started turning up the soil so that we could add some yard clippings to create the base.  When our lawn company comes later in the week, I'll ask them to empty their bags in the bin.  After that we'll add coffee grounds, wet newspaper, fruit/veggie scraps and some of the worms from our Indoor Compost Bin.  Then it'll be ready for us to start the composting process!

 

So, what do you think?  Are you inspired to tackle this project?
Please feel free to comment below or email me for any additional info on our project.

 
 
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It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.




Get over $300 in email exclusive savings each year, sneak peeks on new products, monthly lawn & garden ideas for your region and access to The Home Depot’s gardening experts. Click here to join the world’s largest garden community today! Or go to homedepot.com/gardenclub to see some of the many benefits of membership.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Homemade Hammering Fun from Lovely Commotion

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Ashley from Lovely Commotion has so many great resources on her site.  Her Kindergarten Readiness series has given me some great points to think of during Bear's last year of preschool. 
 

 
Do your kids love to bang things, make noise and pretend to do grown up things? Most do! Therefore, the activity that I am sharing today will most likely be a hit with your little ones!
Homemade Hammering Fun Materials:
  • Piece of Styrofoam (as large or small as you want it)
  • Piece of fabric big enough to cover the Styrofoam
  • Straight pins (with no head) or glue gun
  • Golf tees
  • Child sized hammer
Start by covering the Styrofoam with the fabric. I wrapped mine like a present, to make it neat and easy to handle. I used straight pins to adhere the fabric to the Styrofoam block. I did not use the pins with the large balls on top, but rather the flat headed pins that I could wedge deep into the Styrofoam to prevent little ones from getting them out. But, if you would feel more comfortable, glue the fabric to the block using a glue gun (note that the fabric will not be reusable after gluing). Covering the Styrofoam helps keep it from breaking apart into little pieces all over your carpet J
 
Using golf tees and a child sized hammer, model how to hammer in the ‘nails’. This activity is a great way to practice hand/eye coordination. You may need to start some of the ‘nails’ into the Styrofoam for beginners. Once one side of the block is well used, turn it over to start playing all over again!
 


My son (2 years old) and I had lots of fun hammering together. We had different colored golf tees, so we also practiced color recognition too! It is a simple and easy to piece together activity. Give it a try!


 
Ashley is the owner of Lovely Commotion, a blog all about early learning. She has taken some time off teaching in a traditional setting to be at home with her young children. Ashley is now an in-home childcare provider, teaching her own and other children in her preschool room. Ashley has a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education with a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy. You can find her here:
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Sunday, May 26, 2013

momma guilt on yelling

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we had a rough day in our house
about a month ago.
and i do mean
a. rough. day.
worse than colic and acid reflux.
worse than having a baby that won't sleep.
worse than any day i think
we've ever had in Bear's whole life.
it was
tantrum
after
screaming fit
after
blatant and intentional rule-breaking
after
stomping and growling
after
running away from me
after
another tantrum
after
crying
and
screaming
and shrieking
i thought i was going to lose my mind.
he was out of control.
and i couldn't help.
i am angry at myself for...
i am ashamed of...
yelling.
it goes against my parenting beliefs...
it goes against my gentle mommy heart.
but i just couldn't get through to him...
and nothing.
nothing.
nothing i tried worked.
i used every tool that i've ever learned
as a preschool teacher and as a mom.
it was a long day.
i couldn't wait for a hot shower.
and i said as much.
and then he said...
i can't wait either because then i get a break from you.
speaking of a break
that's what cracked through my heart.
he didn't mean it facetiously.
he wasn't trying to be hurtful.
it just was what it was.
and it hurt like hell....
stung me to the core of my very being.
and then i realized
what it must have felt like
to be him
for the day.
to feel so out of control.
to be so angry and frustrated.
and to have a momma
who didn't do
what she was supposed to do.
and i don't blame him
for saying what he said...
not at all.

from 3.26.13
 

 
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

lessons learned while building our own dollhouse

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i've had this dollhouse kit in the garage since we lived at our apartment before The Sergeant and i got married.  i think i bought in...2004ish {??} marked down from $130 to $87.  i've always thought about building it, but never really got up the motivation.  Bear has seen it and asked about building it for the longest time.  there was one afternoon that i decided we'd just go for it. 
 
and so...
 
we built our own dollhouse!
 
i tried to add some hidden learning into our building by
 
encouraging dramatic play
we pretended that we were building an actual house.  of course, this meant that Bear wore his construction helmet.
 
 
practicing math and writing skills

we needed all of the pieces to be numbered so that we used the right ones.  using the diagram, i told Bear which pieces corresponded to each number.  then he wrote the number on the piece using a pencil.
 
 
encouraging critical thinking
because we have the dollhouse sitting on the floor, it's often hard to see the bottom level rooms in the evening.  so we created simple and cheap dollhouse lighting.  when we were at Dollar Tree, we saw these pop lights.  i asked Bear if he thought of anything we could use these for.  he followed my train of thought and said we could put them on the ceiling of the dollhouse.  i think that they're pretty awesome because they remind me of these lights a bit.
 
 
it isn't totally finished, so i'm not going to share the whole thing yet.  but that's coming soon!
 
 
 
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

dollar store compassion: teaching children to help others and how you can help NOW!

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i'm not bragging about what my family and i do to try and help those in need.  in fact, i'm downright uncomfortable writing this post for this reason:

But when you give to someone in need,
don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
Give your gifts in private, and your Father,
who sees everything, will reward you.
-Matthew 6:3-4

i admit to having chosen unnecessary comforts in my life many times over the basic needs of others.  but when Bear was born, so was my need to have a service-oriented heart.  i couldn't imagine not being able to feed, diaper, or clothe him.  that thought dug deep inside of me, giving birth in me, the heart of a Servant of God.  as he's gotten older, i'm doing all i can to foster this same calling in him.  i shared a few ways we do this in the Moms With a Mission Series at Cheap Crafty Mama

part of fostering a sense of servitude in my children is by doing projects as a family that make us sacrifice.  the items pictured below (same as above) were all purchased at the dollar store for a total of $30.  this was done instead of a family pizza night. 

another way is by serving others myself and sharing with them what the experience has taught me with my family.  last week, i volunteered for a few hours with some friends from church at a food bank in my old hometown.  i walked in feeling a bit awkward and walked out feeling more moved to serve a cause then i have in a long time...quite possibly ever. 
 

 
 
the Heartland Hope Mission is the largest food pantry in Nebraska.  their mission statement says it all:

Our mission is to provide food, clothing and promote self-sufficiency for people in need. We provide a weeks' supply of groceries, along with hygiene products, clothing items, and household goods to the working poor. In addition, we assist clients with other needs by providing eligibility screening and referrals.
 
in 2012, the Heartland Hope Mission served 34,084 people and provided over 520,000 meals!  how much of a blessing is that?  for the few hours i was there, we served almost 100 families, helping them pick food off the shelf to get them through a rough patch.  every single one said thank you.  some were choked up.  one cried when she was leaving because she hadn't expected to get so much. 
 
 And the King will say, "I tell you the truth,
when you did it to one of the least of these
my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me."
-Matthew 25:40

 
 
 
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This post is sponsored by The Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Building a Lego Birdhouse

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We love birds.  We have quite a variety of feathered friends that visit our deck daily for a snack.  We've been wanting to build them some new digs to hang on the porch for quite some time now.  Especially since our other birdhouses have seen better days.  So we ordered a DIY Kid's Bird House Kit-94503 from The Home Depot website. It was under $10 and ordering online was easy and I got free shipping to the store.  Once it arrived, I got an email that it was ready for pickup. 

This week's project is building a birdhouse using the birdhouse kit that Home Depot sells.  The kit was inexpensive and the birdhouse plans were simple enough that Bear {4.5} was able to do it by himself, except for starting and holding the nails.  It took about half an hour to build and he was so proud of his handiwork. 
 
 
The original plan was for the birdhouse to look like a fire station.  But after Bear had gotten the whole thing painted red, I couldn't find any clip art for him to add to it that passed his approval.  And since it was his project, we explored another idea.
 
 
Legos are big in our house, so he decided to make a Lego birdhouse using big Lego stickers we got with some folders last year.  So, he repainted the birdhouse using some standard lego colors: red, blue, and green.  He wanted to use yellow, but it wouldn't cover the deep maroon from the firehouse fail. 

After the paint had dried, Bear was able to add his stickers whereever he chose.  To make the birdhouse weatherproof, Bear painted over the whole outside with Outdoor Mod Podge to seal it up.


Bear is so proud and excited to have built his own birdhouse using The Home Depot's birdhouse kit.  This weekend, we'll be hanging it up in the backyard.  I'll be interested to see just what feathered friend takes up roost in it.

What types of environments have you created for birds in your backyard?
 
 
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It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.

Get over $300 in email exclusive savings each year, sneak peeks on new products, monthly lawn & garden ideas for your region and access to The Home Depot’s gardening experts. Click here to join the world’s largest garden community today! Or go to homedepot.com/gardenclub to see some of the many benefits of membership.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Kids Spell It Out: Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

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welcome to the Kids Spell It Out series! every monday will be a post filled with funny and adorable answers that kidlets give to questions. this week's question is:
 
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Uhh...no. {laughs}
Bear {4.5} Crayon Freckles

Well, I just have a boyfriend. His name is Benjamin, and I like him, and he's my friend.
Priscilla{4} B-Inspired Mama


Alexis. She has beautiful eyes and beautiful hair and that's pretty much it!
Sawyer {6} B-Inspired Mama


Lexi.
Audrey {5} True Aim Education

Yes, Orlando Bloom!  He doesn't know it yet, but one day I am going to marry him.
Elizabeth {6} Enchanted Homeschooling

 
No! I am way too young for that!
Beck {8} Enchanted Homeschooling

No. But guess what? Lauren's in love with Daniel!
Carter {6}

No.
Aiden {5} True Aim Education

Yeah! Me!
Kallista {2}

Um...at Kroger...and there were two of them.  Two of them.
Big Brother {4} Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails {FSPDT}

I have lots of friends, lots of girls and boys.
Dino Boy {4} Happy Whimsical Hearts


Girlfriend. Madison.
Baloo {6} Royal Baloo
 
Uh... I used to in Kindergarten.  His name was Corbyn.
Savannah {8}


Colton.

Yes, you!
Aiden {4}

I have a no.
Tristan {5}
 
A boyfriend- Marshall and Logan.  Logan is my baby friend.
Royal {3} Royal Baloo
 
 
 
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

arguing with my spouse in front of the kids

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relationships with our significant others can be tough.  we don't always get agree on things or remember to use our nice voices.  we have bad days and let words slip out before we think them through. 
 
last night was one of those nights.
 
we'd just gotten back from visiting my in-laws.  it was late and i couldn't find my contact solution.  such a silly thing.  i was frustrated and muttering under my breath.  in the processing of me venting my frustrations to my husband, it was perceived that i was snapping at him.  though i didn't mean it that way, i can see how he felt i was crabbing at him. 
 
and he called me out on it.  in front of Bear (4.5 yrs}.  we weren't yelling or screaming,  but our voices weren't as gentle and loving as they usually are.
 
it got me to thinking... 
is it okay to argue with my spouse in front of the kids?
 
 
my answer is yes, on these conditions:
  • differences in opinions are bound to happen.  as long as we handle them respectfully, in ways that don't put each other down, it teaches our children how to listen to and respect other's views on issues.
  • it's not okay to use abusive language or actions.  this isn't an issue with us as we've never laid a hand on each other in anger.  but it's a fact that there are many dear children who live in abusive homes and witness violence between their parents or parents and their partners. 
  •  
  • the disagreement has to be a child-appropriate topic.  obviously, we wouldn't argue about money or marital problems in front of the kids.  i'd say 98% of our "arguments" are based on misunderstandings or misconceptions of the other's intentions, which makes them things that are okay for the kids to hear.
  • we have to try to use nice voices.  this is a tough one for me.  our disagreements are few and far between, yet when they happen, i get defensive immediately.  we don't yell at each other, but i will admit that our voices last night weren't as gentle as they should've been.
  •  
  • and lastly....we have to make sure that our kids see the resolution to the disagreement.  i generally give my husband space afterward. when we apologize to each other, i try and make sure that the kids see and hear us apologize.  i think it's important that we teach them that a heartfelt apology can mend fences.  a hug and a kiss between us, shows them that just because Momma and Daddy disagree, it doesn't mean that we don't love each other.
 
in short, i think that airing disagreements in front of children can be beneficial to the development of their relationship ideals.  arguing doesn't mean that two people don't love each other, just that they have opposing views on issues.  likewise, it also teaches them how and how not to handle confrontations with others.
 
what do you think?
do you and your significant other air your differences
with each other in front of your children?
 
 
 
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

food allergy awareness week: on discovering a peanut allergy

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this week is food allergy awareness week.  each day will be a contributor post from another mom who has a child with a different food allergy.

when Bear was 3 yrs old, Pip shared a butterfinger cookie with him.  little did we know that act of sharing would produce scary results.
 
Bear had only gotten about 1/2 of the cookie down when he began clearing his throat repeatedly.  thinking he needed something to wash the dry cookie down, i gave him some juice.  but that didn't help. 
 
then came the words
my throat feels funny. 
 
i knew immediately what it was. 

what's interesting about this whole thing is that around his 2nd birthday, Bear just stopped eating peanut butter.  he used to love pbj sandwiches and then just started flat out refusing them.  it's almost like his body knew that he shouldn't eat it.

since that scary day, we have avoided anything with peanuts or tree nuts in it, as well as foods that are labeled as being produced on the same machinery or in the same factory as them.  we carry our epipen with us wherever we go. 

i've also found Chain Restaurant Allergy Guide to be a very good resource.

i've seen epipen inside tags several places and thought that they were a good idea.  here are some tags i made up for you to print and use on your purse or child's backpack if you'd like.  right click on image and choose "save picture as". 
 

find more resources on my Food Allergies Pinterest board.

 
do your children have food sensitivities/allergies?
what are ways you cope?
 
  
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

10 bowling posts you've got to pin... plus free summer bowling

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what is it about bowling that is so much fun for kids?
perhaps it's that unlike, most times, they are allowed to throw a ball in the house and knock stuff down?
 
a friend of mine recently told me about the summer Kids Bowl Free program.  the way it works is, you register your kiddo and they get two FREE bowling games per day during the summer.  you just pay the shoe rental fee.  for around $25, you can make it a family thing and get your bowling games covered for the summer as well.  we're signed up and i can't wait to take Bear bowling for the first time in a few weeks!  find info for the Kids Bowl Free program in your area here{this isn't a sponsored post or anything, i just had to share this awesome info with you}
 
and in the spirit of bowling, i thought i'd share with you some great bowling inspired posts from some wonderful bloggie friends of mine.
 
 

1.  Turkey Bowling from JDaniel4's Mom
2. Sight Word Bowling from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
3. Snowman Bowling from Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails {FSPDT}
4. Monster Truck Bowling from Crayon Freckles
5. Ghost Bowling from The Pleasantest Thing
6. Bowling Math from Royal Baloo
7. Ghost Bottle Bowling from No Time For Flashcards
8. Ice Bowling: Gross Motor Game from Train Up a Child
9. Block Bowling from A Little Learning for Two
10. Pop Bottle Bowling from hands on as we grow


 
 find other great bowling posts here:
Wobbly Easter Egg Bowling from And Next Comes L
Santa Cork Bowling from Red Ted Art
Bowling Birthday Party from Play Dr. Mom
Bowling with Pro Bowlers from Kids Creative Chaos
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Splish Splash Math

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I am excited to share with you an activity from my 12 Week Summer Learning Program.  If you like this activity, and are interested in filling your child's summer with more fun learning activities like this one, you won't want to miss my program.  You can learn more about it HERE.

Splish Splash Water Math

Subjects:  Math
Time:  15+ min.
Suggested Materials:
  • Kiddie Pool or Big Bucket
  • Containers and Cups of Various Sizes and Shapes
  • Water
Directions
Use water and containers of various shapes and sizes to investigate volume!  This is a great activity for a hot, summer day, but can also be done in the bath tub any time of the year.

You will need several containers of various sizes and shapes.  Your recycling will likely have lots of things perfect for this activity.  Avoid using anything that is potentially breakable, sharp, or has not been cleaned.  Plastic containers are best!  Put the containers near a kiddie pool (or large bucket of water) and allow your child to begin investigating!


Ask your child to determine the following:
  • Compare two containers to decide which holds more and which holds less.
  • Find the container that holds the most.
  • Find the container that holds the least.
  • Find all of the containers that hold the same volume.
  • How many of the smallest container will fit inside the largest container?
  • Line up the containers from least volume to greatest.
  • Find two containers you believe hold the same amount of water and then test to see if they really do.
  • Discover how the width and height of a container affects how much it will hold.
  • Fill each container once and dump it into a large bucket to see how much water the containers hold all-together.

Activity Extensions:
Add food coloring to the water.  Start with a container holding red, one with yellow, and one with blue.  Can your child create orange, green, and purple?  What combinations did they have to use to create these colors?
Add a measuring cup.  Have your child calculate the volume of each container using the measuring cup.  They can record the volume on paper, or use a Sharpie marker to write the volume on each container.
Add a challenge.  How much water is required to fill each of the containers, all-together?  Is this more or less than the water you have in your mini-pool or bucket?

From Week 6 ~ Beach Party of the 12 Week Summer Learning Program

 



Rachel Harwood is a lover of crafting, teaching, and children. For the last two years, her family has lived in China, where they have had a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the world first hand. She has three children, which inspire her creations at her blog, SunScholars.com. She is also the creator of a fabulous Summer Learning Program to keep young minds active over the summer months.


For more great ideas to fill your summer with fun learning, check out my Summer Program!
Sun Scholars Summer Learning Program

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