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    Butterfly Unit Study

    “Putter-whys” (as my 2 year old calls them) have been the central theme in our homeschool preschool for the past several weeks. Despite having my kids tell me they were “tired of butterflies,” we’ve actually had a colorful, enjoyable experience studying these pretty creatures! Read on to learn more about the curriculum, resources, books, and activities we used for this Montessori inspired unit study following the outline of Gentle + Classical Preschool. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. Please see disclosures for more info. Butterfly Unit Study Resources Our Gentle + Classical Memory Board for the Butterfly Unit Life, Abundantly Blog Gentle Classical Preschool Level 1 Preschool…

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    Butterfly Color Sorting

    With three very small children, “sweet and simple” is my motto for any activity. This precious little butterfly color sorting activity is just the ticket! This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosures here. We are working through a preschool unit study on Butterflies with Gentle + Classical Preschool. It’s a super fun unit with so much potential for fun projects and activities. What’s not to love about butterflies?? To offer my kids a little practice sorting colors while looking at the gorgeous diversity of butterflies from across the globe, I set up this sweet and simple butterfly sorting activity. Since we are also introducing primary colors…

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    Gentle + Classical Units 3 & 4: Birds

    It’s the end of July and our Oregon summer has finally broken into sunshine. Our urban backyard is riotous with swallowtails, sparrows, and creeping wild blackberries. While we’ve been taking a slower pace with our homeschool during these rare, warm days, we are now wrapping up our study of Birds with Gentle + Classical Preschool. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Please see my disclosures for more info. My littles ages 3, 2, and 7 months are using some awesome curriculum for enriching our home environment and family time. Our primary resource is Gentle + Classical Preschool Level 1 by Erin at Life, Abundantly. We are also weaving…

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    Unit 2: Fish Swim in the Ocean

    It’s time for my review of our second unit in Gentle + Classical Preschool: Fish Swim in the Ocean. Read on to learn what we did, how we did it, and which resources helped us with our exploration! This post contains affiliate link. Please see disclosures for more info. We loved our study of Oceans and Fish so much that we stretched this unit out for almost the full month of June, and we still have materials we didn’t get a chance to cover! Marine life is a big topic afterall. As our unit study framework, we start with Gentle + Classical Preschool and Gentle + Classical Nature by Erin…

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    Homeschool Supplies

    This is a growing post of the materials and supplies we are using in our home to create a positive academic atmosphere. My kiddos are small (3, 2, and 6 months) so our supplies are primarily catered to wee littles. I hope this lists is helpful to you in designing your learning space! Simply click the product photo of the item you’re interested in to check it out on Amazon. This post contains affiliate links. Please see disclosures for more info. This is our primary display for the units we are studying. It’s perfect for our assorted printables! I love that the kids can see what we’re studying over and…

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    Frogs & Ponds: Unit 1 of Gentle + Classical Preschool in our Home

    The past two weeks in our home have been full of frogs and ponds as we have been working through Unit 1 of Gentle + Classical Preschool (G+C). Erin Cox at Life Abundantly Blog is the author of this comprehensive Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum — and she offers it for free on her website! We are following the general structure of this curriculum as well as adapting it to our family’s needs and interests. For us, this primarily looks like emphasizing the science portion and building the other subjects and activities around it like a unit study. Frogs & Ponds “Tadpoles grow into frogs” is the objective for Unit 1…

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    Monet’s Water Lilies Craft Project & Art Lesson for our Pond Study

    For the Fine Arts component of our Frogs & Ponds Unit Study, we are focusing on Monet’s Water Lilies. I’m a novice in art history, so this is fun for me, too! For instance, I didn’t know that during the later years of his life, Monet painted the pond near his home over 250 times — and this collection of paintings is now know as Water Lilies. I must have flowers always and always. –Monet This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Water Lilies Craft Project Materials Crayola washable tempera paint: blue, cyan, and green Watercolor paper Large children’s paint brushes Painting aprons…

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    Frogs & Ponds Unit Study Resources

    This is an evolving post which I will continue to update with website links for resources and materials we are using in our Frogs & Ponds Unity Study. My kids are 3 and 2, so this unit study is geared towards younger preschoolers. My goal is to take 2 leisurely weeks to cover age-appropriate (aka engaging for short attention spans) aspects of frogs and ponds. This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Resources to Purchase: Fiddlesticks Kids Frog Nature Pack Wetlands birds cards Adapted to Land or Water sorting activity Steph Hathaway Designs Frog mini unit Pond unit study Life Abundantly Blog Bilingual…

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    Dandelion Unit Study

    Did you know that coffee can be made from the roots of dandelions? I definitely didn’t! We had so much fun learning this and more during our dandelion unit study this week. We used the Dandelion Mini Unit Study by Stephanie Hathaway Designs as the foundation for our exploration. At only $3, this little bundle is a huge bang for your buck. Additional supplies we used: Dandelion Wildflower card by Fiddlesticks Kids (artist Becca has a huge variety of Spring and Wildflower themed printables in her shop) Sandpaper Letter “d” Green and Yellow ID cards by Stephanie Hathaway Designs Erasable colored pencils Washable crayons Plenty of wild dandelions The Complete…