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Little Builders Co-op Class

Little Builders Preschool Homeschool Co-op Class

Looking for a fun preschool class that will keep them learning, busy, and having fun? Little Builders fits all three categories!

Little Builder's Co-op Class

We started every class with a book about building. Here was our line-up:

Week 1: I Want to Be a Builder

Week 2: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Week 3: The Toolbox

Week 4: Roadwork

Week 5: Cross a Bridge

Week 6: Alphabet Under Construction

Week 7: Dig a Tunnel

Week 8: Building a House, This Is the House That Jack Built

Week 9: The Three Little Pigs

Week 10: Into the Sky

Weeks 11-12: Review favorites 

Little Builder's Co-op Class

Each week had a theme and after reading and discussing the story, we would start on our activities. I tried to link as many of the activities as possible in the class syllabus

Little Builders Preschool Homeschool Co-op Class

Little Builder's Co-op Class

Additional Notes:

For sanding the blocks, you can probably get some scrap wood pieces at a hardware store for free.

Lowe's also provided our child-sized hammers for free; we just had to ask.

We pre-drilled holes for using the screwdriver, but the children used a real screwdriver with a real screw.

Little Builder's Co-op Class

Paint Roller Letter Game: Draw large letters on the pavement with sidewalk chalk. Give each child a wet-with-water paint roller and let them wash off the letters as you call out the letter names.

We didn't make our big tunnel out of boxes. We used a table and blankets instead (easier!).

The following snacks: brick houses, melon towers, party sandwiches, and cubed cake sculptures were all found in Cooking Art, a fantastic recipe book for kids. 

Little Builder's Co-op Class

Always have different kinds of blocks on hand in case you have extra time. The kids LOVED simply building with blocks! We brought in Duplo, wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs, Kid K'nex, etc. 

The cost of this class should probably be $20 and not $15. 

I have a Let's Build It! board on Pinterest where I pinned many of the ideas for this class, and where I continue to pin other preschool building fun! 

Little Builder's Co-op Class

Top 5 Vendors to Visit at Great Homeschool Conventions

This post is sponsored by my favorite homeschool convention, Great Homeschool Conventions. This post also contains an affiliate link.

Top 5 Vendors to Visit at Homeschool Convention

One of the biggest perks of homeschool convention is the shopping! I love a ginormous vendor hall and Great Homeschool Conventions always delivers. It's one thing to browse curriculum online, but it's an entirely different experience to touch it with your own two hands, to smell it with your own nose! 

I am easily tempted by everything glittery and golden since I know my boys' interests and what will spark them or spur them on deeper into a topic. Here's a little tip: To help curb my impulse buys, I shop with cash. Once it's gone, it's gone.

These are the first five stops on my list: 

1. Greathall Productions
My first stop. I run to Jim Weiss' table. Every single year, they sell out of mutliple titles. My boys love to listen to audio books and stories, and Jim Weiss has been a staple for years. He's told my boys fairy tales, true stories of pirates and politicians, myths, fictional accounts of ancient Eygpt, and narrated books like Good Luck Duck and Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Audio books improve vocabulary, stir-up curiosity, and give mom a break from reading aloud so much. 

2. Millers Pads and Paper
I have never been disappointed with the art supplies or prices I've found at Millers. I stock up on all kinds of pads of paper (watercolor, fingerpaint, and even graphing) here every year. I've even found dry erase slates for super cheap. The selection is huge, so give yourself ample time to browse and shop.

3. Math-U-See
A foundation education includes math, and my boys have really enjoyed Math-U-See. Why do I stop by at convention? Free shipping. I'm always up for that!

4. YWAM Publishing 
Our shelves are loaded with YWAM's Hero Biographies, and every year I go back for more! If you buy in bulk, you can get them for $5/book which is $3 cheaper than the per book price on Amazon. This company offers a huge selection of historical and Christian biographies. Find stories about David Livingstone, Orville Wright, Harriet Tubman, and Amy Carmichael. We want them all.

5. Usborne Books
The first year I went to the Cincinnati convention (way back in 2008), I followed the vendor link from the GHC site to the Usborne page and found Tricia McCaffrey. She is still the current Usborne Books consultant who will be at convention (even this year). I asked her that first year to have some books in stock for me to purchase when I arrived at convention, and she did! As you can imagine, I did the same thing in subsequent years. I asked her if I could announce this to the wide world, and she said yes. If you are heading to Cincy, and if you love Usborne Books, Tricia is your girl! I'm also going to share a secret: I make her booth one of my first stops because she usually has a discount box of books. I'm all about a discount!

What vendors are your favorites?
Where will you go first?

Psalms for Kids Copywork Pages

psalms-copywork

I have another new pack of copywork pages for you. These pages include verses from Psalms; I tried to chose verses I thought would be meaningful for children. 

It includes:

  • Psalm 23
  • Psalm 4:8
  • Psalm 46:1-2
  • Psalm 47:1-2
  • Psalm 51:10
  • Psalm 42:8a
  • Psalm 137:7-12
  • Psalm 121
  • Psalm 133:1
  • Psalm 13:5-6
  • Psalm 14:1a

To download this set, simply click on the image below. Be sure to pin this post and spread the news! Thanks.

Psalms for Kids Copywork Pages from Walking by the Way