Lauri Toys ~ A Longtime Favorite for Early Childhood and Beyond!

Lauri Toys for Early Childhood

{disclaimer ~ Lauri is a blog sponsor and affiliate links are in this post}

If you’ve been reading my blog since our Tot School days you know how much we have loved the Lauri brand in our home. We own many Lauri favorites and have recommended them for years. Recently I got a fun email which has led to a new partnership with Lauri Toys! I just love when I get to work with a company I already loved, and can share even more with you!

If Lauri is new to you, here’s a quick video showing more.

To show you just how long we have used and loved Lauri Toys here’s a collage I made showing the toys in action with my kids over the years! Notice how young they are!

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We have loved and recommend this trusted brand for being one of the best for open-ended play, cost, and durability. I have recommended the Lauri brand in my early childhood gift guides for years!

New Action Stackers

Imagine my daughter’s delight {and my son} when Lauri sent us a brand new toy for her to play with! Not only a new toy but one that added on to a Lauri set we already owned, making it even better!

Our package included the Action Stackers which are great on their own, or can be added to any of the Lauri Stacking Peg sets.

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My son, who is 11, got in on the action too. Anything that extends a building toy to have movement is a win in his book! I’m not even sure what this was, but he certainly knew.

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My 8 year old daughter built many amusement park rides one day, and her Squinkies fit perfectly into the peg holes, so they got to ride!

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You can see a video here from Instagram.

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Discount Code for Lauri Toys on Amazon!

Lauri Toys Sale on Amazon

I am so excited to share an incredible discount code for you to use on AMAZON!!! If you are looking to add some new toys to your early childhood collection, Lauri is a brand I highly recommend!

Use code: 30LAURI for 30% off one Lauri item from this link on Amazon

{note – not all Lauri toys are eligible for the discount, only items shown on that link}

Below you can see some of the great Lauri items you can choose to use the discount code for!

Click on the toy you want to buy, enter the code: 30LAURI when you get to checkout and it will take 30% off of one eligible item in your cart!

September Calendars for Kids

2017 Calendars for Kids September

We have all new 2017 calendars for you! You can download both the tracing and dot version of our calendars for September for free in this post!

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Learning ideas to go along with the tracing printables ~

  • At the beginning of each new month, trace the name of the month, the year, and color the focus picture.
  • Each new day, trace the number and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to write in each month to create a pattern.
  • At the beginning of each month go through and mark the special days {holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or anything your family celebrates}.  Have your child decorate those special dates so you can look forward to them!

Learning ideas to go along with the dot fun printables ~


  • At the beginning of each new month, color the focus picture. If your child doesn’t like to color, color together…make it fun!
  • Each new day, dot paint the day, or use a dot sticker and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to create a pattern.

Don’t have Dot Paint {or don’t want to be messy with little ones}?  Use Dot Stickers instead!

Download your free September 2017 Calendars here!

We added some calendar fun to our collection this year and have some sets for sale in our Teacher’s Notebook Shop for those of you who want more! You can buy the entire year of either, or a blank version to use any year! You can also buy all 3 in a bundle deal. There’s notebook covers and a year-at-a glance in the sets!

Click on each image to see the individual sets…

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Or click here to get them all in a bundle deal!


Get your Calendar Notebook covers here

Calendar Notebook Covers

Looking for more calendar fun?

Add these printables to our Calendar Notebook printables!


Here’s one set up for homeschool calendar time we have had.  Lots of free printables!


Here’s our Calendar Connections for more fun learning!


Step Into Reading ~ Great Beginning Reader Books

Step into Reading Sale

We have loved Step Into Reading Books for many years and Amazon is having a big sale right now. Note – current prices can change at any time so be sure to buy what you want quickly!  All of the books displayed {you will need to view this post on a computer or iPad – my mobile site is down and the Amazon display won’t show in email} are on sale at the time of posting! Most of these books are normally $3.99 each and some are marked down to less than $2 right now!  Happy book shopping!

Just a Few Make it ALL Worth It!



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Is the Parenting Super Bundle right for you? I always like to do my best to help you decide if a particular bundle is right for you. and that’s what I chose to focus on with this post. This bundle won’t be right for everyone but will be a GREAT fit for some of you and you will get some really valuable resources at a fabulous price.

Many of my readers have young children at home. If you have a tot and are interested in Tot School I highly recommend this bundle for 5 reasons in particular.

First, my Tot School Printables Bundle is included, which is a $12 value!TSP Bundle

The next product I want to be sure you notice is The Toddler Journey, which is a The_Toddler_Journey$10 value.

Looking for creative ways to keep toddlers busy? Here are 100 fun and easy activities toddlers will love. If you are a parent, grandparent, or caregiver to toddlers, THIS is the book for you.

Here’s what is included in The Toddler Journey:

  • List of developmental milestones for toddlers
  • Hands-on activities for sensory play, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, art, and more
  • 100 toddler activities categorized by age groups

At the top of every page, you’ll see what age group this activity is developmentally appropriate for. Age groups are broken down into 12-18 months, 18-24 months, and 24-36 months.

You can do most of these activities with materials you already have at your home. These are simple, engaging, and FUN activities your toddlers will love.

The Toddler Journey inside

Note – The Toddler Journey is available in print format on Amazon here.

I also want to be sure you notice Playing with Purpose: Character Building Made Fun, which sells for $6.99. This is an amazing resource and is something I wish I would have had especially when my daughter was young.

If you are a parent or teacher who wants to help your children grasp the meaningPlaying_with_Purpose and real life application of character traits such as friendliness, courage, patience, and more – without giving continuous lectures – you can use Playing with Purpose: Character Building Made Fun to explore the concepts together in an engaging, age-appropriate way. This ebook:

  • Contains over 100 fun and simple activities to help your children learn about a range of positive character traits
  • Has a user-friendly checklist format with space for notes; plus the activities are numbered for easy reference and plan-making
  • Is gender neutral – the activities are great for boys and girls
  • Includes a range of activities – crafts, at home, and in the neighborhood – that can be done in a short period of time and which require very few materials
  • Was created especially for kids under age 5, but can also be adapted for older children with a bit of creativity

Another product for your tot is the Farm Life Quiet Book, whish is valued at $4.99. This is so adorable!

This is a printable quiet book to help create a quiet book that will engage children My_Farm_Life_Quiet_Bookand help them learn. The printable includes quiet book page templates.

Perfect for keeping those little ones entertained at church, in the doctor’s office, traveling in the car–you name it!

Comes with 16 pages: 8 book pages, and 8 sticker/cutout pages.

Quiet-Book-photosMy Farm Life eBook contains:

  • Build your own farm page
  • Help the mommy animals find their babies
  • Heads and Tails
  • Who am I? (match up the silhouettes with the correct animal)
  • Put together the puzzle (jigsaw puzzle shapes)
  • Match up the correct number of eggs for each numbered Hen
  • Help the mommy duck sort her ducklings from tallest to shortest
  • Match up the tractor tires to the correct color

Finally, be sure to peek at Crafty Critters, valued at $9.99. If you like having ideas for crafts and don’t like spending hours searching online, this is for you! You get 100 crafts with all directions formatted on to one page each.

Each page of Crafty Critters has:Crafty_Critters

  • a final picture of the craft
  • a suggested age group
  • a detailed list of needed supplies
  • the approximate time it will take to complete
  • step by step instructions
  • step by step pictures

All of this is neatly displayed on one page. This makes it super easy to print out. Below you can see a sample page.page_preview

Want to save the ink and/or paper? Each page will display great on  a tablet screen or computer screen, without the need to scroll!


I have another VERY favorite that I just know my kids are going to love. The Funny Mom Joke Pack, which is valued at $29.99! I have already begun making my kids laugh with these!


There are so many amazing resources included in this bundle, I shared even more that I love in my first post here but wanted to highlight just a few in this final post! I hope it was helpful!


10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My oldest son is 15 and going into 10th grade this year, below are the 10th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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10th Grade Subjects

The Visual Version…

TT Algebra 2Notgrass Exploring GovernmentDiscovering Design with ChemistryIEW Windows to the WorldNotgrass economicsTeaching the Classics

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Figuring high school credits – He is coming into 10th grade with 8 1/2 high school credits and will earn 6 more this year. We may add an elective 2nd semester, depending on how these first two go. He is pretty busy outside of the home with activities also. He is on a year round swim team and he also volunteers with the special needs ministry at our church on a weekly basis. He spent his summer doing the same – spending 3 different weeks as a volunteer counselor for people with special needs. It is definitely his passion and we are trying to allow him to fully develop this calling.

There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

Cure_the_FearIf you haven’t peeked at the Parenting Super Bundle yet, make sure you do. This is one of my favorite finds, Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: How to Be Sure You Are Not Missing Anything. Not only is the book itself great {I am reading it now} it also comes with a great printable set for those of us who have high school students!

See more about the Parenting Super Bundle here on my blog, or go straight to the bundle page here. The bundle is available now through Aug. 14 only.

See our 3rd Grade Choices here and 6th here!

See all other grades here!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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