Category Archives: Geography

Tour the World by Flower: Michigan

Today I am excited to join up with Play Ground Park Bench and a great group of bloggers to present to you a world-wide tour by flower.


Since I currently live in Michigan, I present you with the elegant yet simple apple blossom. The apple blossom is the official state flower of Michigan, to learn about the official wild flower of Michigan you’ll have to visit Betsy’s Photography.

Or better yet, view the entire world by flower at Play Ground Park Bench!
Every flower talked about comes with its own kiddie craft you can do!  (more…)

Natural Building Blocks

One aspect that I really wanted to include in our outdoor small world play area was blocks.
But blocks can be quite pricey and I didn’t want to invest in something that might be damaged in the weather, misplaced during playdates, or even stolen from our yard.

Using blocks made of natural materials satisfies my children’s need to create as well as my need to keep costs low.
Plus, I found an excellent idea online to tie our block area into our geography lessons.

Natural Building Blocks (1)


Samaris, Anime, and Japanese Culture

* This post contains images of raw dead fish. Those who can not stomach raw dead fish should discontinue reading now. *

It all started with a simple enough request. A Facebook status on my husband’s personal profile, “would anyone be willing to host a Flat Stanley for LittleMan?”

A friend, someone who had served in the Army with my husband, offered to host. They were stationed in Japan at the time. How exciting!
And the pictures they sent did not disappoint. We had a lot of fun reading online about the history of the areas in which the pictures were taken. Best of all, LittleMan took a real interest in learning about maps and where different places were.
Flat Stanley in Japan (more…)

Child-Guided Australia Theme Learning

LittleMan woke up on the *wrong* side of the bed this morning. I knew that it would be useless to try and enforce our usual box system of lessons so I tried a new approach- just for today.
Australia Theme Week from Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)