Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DIY Projects Based on Books ~ Gentle Summer Schooling and Bonding


"Furthermore, most children will find greater satisfaction and demonstrate greater learning from things they make and do with their parents or other people than from elaborate toys or learning materials."
~ Raymond S. Moore, School Can Wait

Here is another ode to a no television summer. With so many books to read and memories to be had cuddled and huddled around the couch, I wanted to encourage a lifestyle of reading and doing. Here are some books to be enjoyed and some fun and useful projects and ideas to accompany them. I would like to think that there is a little of something for everyone here!



Sense and Sensibility 


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Winnie-the-Pooh


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The Tales of Peter Rabbit

                


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The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse by Beatrix Potter

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“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children
is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
~ C.S. Lewis

Note: I have always found useful projects made together for the home to be wonderful employment. As time is often a factor, I noticed I found more of "it" to craft together when I knew the things we created would actually be used. For example, children will enjoy making labels or cutting them out for a "Raggedy Ann Room Spray". They would enjoy counting out the drops into the spray bottle and smelling each scent. They would enjoy exclaiming how delicious or strong each fragrance is. They would appreciate spraying the aroma and knowing they made something productive! And as they do prepare it, explain the "little things" to them along the way (that the peppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant, that it has many medicinal properties to kill germs, that they must never ingest the potent oils and so forth). They will associate that little spray with those moments of reading together. Your books will come alive! This is the type of home education and bonding that blesses everyone involved.
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24 comments:

  1. JES, this is one of the best posts I have read anywhere! We have to be so deliberate and careful about what our children read. God bless you and keep you as you serve Him and inspire us! Thank you! Janis J (homeschool mom)

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    1. Thank you for sharing here today Janis. I couldn't agree more. Books are a huge influence in all of our lives and we must be cautious about that kind of company we keep also. Have a lovely week! :)

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  2. My sweet friend, what a delightful and refreshing post! Ah, how I love books and often I find my nose buried in one :)

    Love and hugs to you!

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    1. I am right there with you Stephanie! :)

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  3. I love the idea of engaging in projects that correspond with books! These particular examples are a bit beyond the abilities of my girls (an infant and a toddler), but I will tuck the ideas away for use in the future. Thanks, JES!

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    1. How much fun you will be having! Thank you for sharing here today Shannon :)

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  4. Goodness!!! Such wonderful ideas! What a beautiful post -- I don't have any little ones to share these with but even doing them myself or with friends would be wonderful as well.

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    1. Absolutely! I do many of them myself as well :) Thank you for taking the time to comment Lauren!

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  5. Thank you for this wonderful post. I can't wait to get some card stock to starting printing cards out!

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    1. Sounds like you will be having some paper-crafting fun soon. Enjoy! :)

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  6. So true! Love your poste. I am using a lot of such kind of papers. Hugs. Monika

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    1. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing here today Monika! :)

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  7. So sweet, thank you!! I really enjoy your site, so refreshing in this materialistic age.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment so kindly. Have a lovely week! :)

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  8. I'm always truly amazed at your creativity!

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    1. I think the more we tighten the budget, the more creative we homemakers get? What do you think?

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  9. JES, this is a wonderful list with great projects. A couple of days ago I made thyme-infused honey for one of my dear children who is unable to use alcohol tinctures. (My reasoning is to get the medicinal properties into this child in a pleasing way. Who doesn't like honey?) Thank you for these lovelies and God bless.
    M.

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    1. What a nice project! Sweet and herb-ally and very pleasant! :) Thank you for sharing M!

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  10. My grandchildren and I read the Winnie the Pooh story of "How to Catch a Heffalump" and spent the day looking for a heffalump and gathering food he would eat. (Apples, grapes, blueberries, mini marshmallows, and jumbo marshmallows) while they were outside playing with their mom I used the fruits and marshmallows to create a heffalump. He then left tracks and Heffalump "poop" throughout the house and we had to find him. (The poop was mini marshmallows) and of course you must eat him to get rid of him! It was a wonderful way to make a book come to life!

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    1. Sounds like a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing this sweet memory with us! :)

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  11. Loving all the ideas and inspiration ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely week :)

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  12. I love all these gorgeous posts! <3 Thank you for making such a happy place here on the internet to feed our souls.

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    1. How kind of you to say Jessica! Have a lovely week :)

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