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!



3rd Grade Reading List

3rd Grade Book List

Last year we used visual reading lists for the first time and it was SO helpful! I chose to do this again for this upcoming homeschool year and today I am sharing my daughter’s 3rd grade reading list.

I used many sources to find books I thought she might enjoy and that I wanted her to try. I have not read all of these, but looked at reviews and am comfortable with giving these a try.  After deciding on many book choices for her, I created a page with each cover so she can browse and choose her next book easily. We do not own all of these so I have her choose and I put the book on hold at the library!

3rd Grade Book List

My daughter can read and comprehend beyond a 3rd grade level, but she still enjoys books focused towards the younger crowd. I try to balance this and spent lots of time on this list! She would read Critter Club and Magic Puppy all day long, and I still allow her to read anything she chooses alongside of books I choose. We also always have a basket of picture books she chooses from the library too! You are never too old for picture books!

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.

Downloads…

I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for her. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

Here is a blank reading record like hers. I just have her write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on her opinion.

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Here’s another reading log we have used.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

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See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

See some of our other book list posts below. Our new 6th grade list is coming soon!

Slide17  2nd Grade Homeschool Reading Plan  1st Grade Library Book Favorites



Making Tops with Spielgaben

Spinning Tops with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

One of the best things about owning a Spielgaben set is the open-ended play that occurs. This summer has provided many hours of free time and my 8 year old daughter has chosen to create with our set many times. She had loads of fun one day making tops which entertained our new kitten tremendously!

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After she made her first set of tops, I challenged her to try different designs and test which one worked best. It was fun to see her get surprised when one I suggested worked well even though she thought it wouldn’t!

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The tops have been played with a lot since they were created, many have become kitten toys!

See our top fun in action in the video below…

I am in homeschool planning mode, getting some Spielgaben ideas together to extend our math lessons when we begin school in August!


See more fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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Home Art Studio 3 Bowls Project

Home Art Studio Project Three Porridge Bowls

Home Art Studio has been a part of our homeschool for years now and we are happy to have them as a blog sponsor. You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and I bought the 2nd Grade DVD to use with my daughter this year. We didn’t finish it during the school year so we are still using it this summer!

Recently she completed the Three Porridge Bowls project which was based on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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She was a bit frustrated in keeping the sizes of the bowls so  we did some practice drawings before she moved to drawing her bowls on the watercolor paper.

She chose designs for each bowl and drew them in pencil and then outlined using a Sharpie marker.

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After painting her bowls, she glued them onto the black background to complete her project!

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Her finished project!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin, designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

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2nd Grade Year-End Review of Homeschool Curriculum Choices

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Wrap Up

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used}

First up, 2nd grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 2nd Grade Curriculum Choices post.

2nd Grade Subjects

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer! 


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 3, Life of Fred, Spielgaben

Teaching Textbooks 3 was her main math curriculum and it was a perfect fit for her. I highly recommend starting with TT from the beginning, which is usually 2nd or 3rd grade. She will be moving onto TT 4 next year for 3rd grade!

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We loved using Spielgaben to supplement our math lessons and will definitely continue with this. Spielgaben was particularly helpful in bringing a hands-on aspect to some of the more difficult concepts.

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We LOVE Life of Fred but sadly we let it slip away. I hope to get back to reading the books to her next year.


Reading Loads of Books and Reading Comprehension 2nd Grade

She read SO many books this year! I tried to keep up with all of them here but after about 80 books I lost track. She is definitely my bookworm. I just step in to try to balance her choices with a few of my choices!

This reading comprehension workbook was a great fit for her and she enjoyed it. I bought her the next level for the upcoming school year!

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Grammar ~ First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2

I continue to love this combo for grammar! We will be using Growing with Grammar Level 3 in the fall, and we are done with First Language Lessons! We don’t use level 3-4 of FLL, only 1 & 2. We will be adding Grammar Galaxy in the fall as well!

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Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 2

All About Spelling continues to be a good fit for my kids and we will be moving on to level 3 in the fall!

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Geography ~ Evan-Moor Beginning Geography

I picked this book up at a homeschool convention and am so glad I did! It was just perfect for her!

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Science ~ Apologia Swimming Creatures {with Krash, 5th grade}

Daddy taught this to the younger kids together and they loved it! They technically aren’t done with the entire book but will be doing some lessons this summer to finish!

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History ~ The Mystery of History 2

Daddy also teaches history and while it isn’t the favorite of the kids, we love it!

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Art  ~ Home Art Studio 2nd Grade and Holiday Arts & Crafts

She LOVES art. I do not. We do much more art in the summer than we do during the school year. We will be continuing with Home Art Studio and also enrolling her in some local art classes if possible!

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Drop out Subjects ~ Handwriting, Bible

I had grand plans of reviewing cursive handwriting {which she formally learned last year}, but got slack and never followed through. I also had planned to do Picture Smart Bible with K and L together and also didn’t follow through. It was much harder this year to combine L and K because of K’s gymnastics schedule.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 5th and 9th soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices