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Year of Little Lesson Plans

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Amazon #1 Bestseller and Indie Book Award Recipient

Mom's Choice Award- Gold Winner

"...What an enriching course of study for the youngsters in your family!" - Mensa Bulletin

Sure, we'd love to talk to our kids about interesting, relevant topics each weekday. Of course we'd love to supplement what they're learning in school and keep them sharp in the summer. Yes, we even thin
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Amazon (first published December 10th 2012)
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Morgan Eckstein
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, parenting
One of the things that puzzles some people about my library is why do I own parenting and children books when I do not have children of my own...gee, I married a school teacher, and am best friends with someone who writes children stories--of course, I am going to have a certain amount of children and parenting books in my library. There is also the little fact that I occasionally need to remind myself of what certain age groups would know or be learning--it is called being a writer.

Overall, I
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Michele
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My children are 19 and 16 now, so they didn't necessarily benefit from this particular book. But my mom recently adopted two little ones, ages 4 and 6, and they loved it! The lesson plans are easy to follow and really engage a child's mind.

I homeschooled both of my kids, and loved every moment of it. I was so glad I was on the receiving end of all of those "aha" moments.

I love how the author, Courtney, treats arts and crafts as an educational experience. She leaves a lot of her personality in t
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Twobookworms
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any parent that cares how their toddlers and young children engage their brains should love any resource of creative things to do. This book picks up the mundane things that are around us and provides ways to notice them, learn from/about them, and make them important. Got a rainy day? Snow day? Too hot to go outside? Even if it's a day when the kids will be playing outside and have plenty to do, take just 10 minutes and bond with them around a learning opportunity. I struggled time and time aga ...more
Natalie
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as I look on my, now, four year old with admiration, I suddenly realize - that while he was learning how to walk and how to talk - it was actually easier to teach him stuff.
I didn't have to be as resourceful, he couldn't run away and he actually liked EVERYTHING I said.. thus he learned a fantastic amount of knowledge (he's smarty pants) and I got all the credit...

Now that he's four - and he has a year old brother - it's a bit difficult to produce the same results. He requires a different approa
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Dena Scroggins
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of reading Year of Little Lesson Plans: 10 Minutes of Smart, Fun Things to Teach Your Little Ninjas Ages 3-8 Every Weekday written by Courtney Loquasto. This is a great book for mommies, grandparents, day care workers, and anyone who spends a decent amount of time with kids. As a relatively new mom and a foster mom to boot, I found these tips and lesson plans to be very helpful in keeping your kiddos on track with what they should be learning. The book is very well written and ...more
Christine
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free giveaway copy of Year of Little Lesson Plans. Thank you Courtney Loquasto - my brain was fried from thinking of things to teach my daughter and my daycare charge, and then your terrific (and funny!) book came along! Such a helpful resource, and each lesson is laid out neatly and concisely making it easy to read quickly - much easier than weeding through scores of information online. I am a New Zealander raising an American child, so the segments on American holidays, history, a ...more
Amanda
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It took me awhile to start using this book, but now that I have, I'm really happy with it. My daughter is 3 and we only have carpool 3 days a week, so I'm picking and choosing the lessons I do with her. This seems to work well because some of them are still over her head. She gets excited to see what we're going to talk about and has been proud to share things with her daddy at supper time. For example, she recently told him that Italy is a country that looks like a boot and that they made the f ...more
Hate2beLate
~First Reads Winner~
I read through this, and thought how wonderful it would have been to have this when my kids were small. However, I was talking to my daughter and she begged me to send it her. So she can share it with her children. So, it's going out in the mail, to be shared again! Some really great ideas and discussions, but most of all, quality time with your family. Trust me, as quickly as time flies, you cannot over value the moments you share :) Nicely done!
Emily Copeland
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
I've read through this and am looking forward to using it with my soon-to-be three year-old. The weekly themes are digestible; not too much for little ones. I also appreciate the fact that the themes start and follow a traditional calendar rather than a late summer/early fall "school" year. As a homeschool family who doesn't take traditional summer breaks, this is an especially helpful detail.
Carrie
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This wonderful book is handy for anyone who works with or has their own children. I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and our family has already benefited greatly this summer with the topics and activities. Thank you Courtney Loquasto!
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Before the first of her three children was born, Courtney managed a team of project managers and process experts for a Fortune 10 company. She’s spent the last four years adapting successful business tools for use in the home. She lives with her husband and children near Atlanta, where lots of Candyland-ing and freeze-tagging takes pl
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