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YEAR of LITTLE LESSON PLANS: 10 Minutes of Smart, Fun Things to Teach Your Little Ones Ages 3-8 Each Weekday [Kindle Edition]

Courtney Loquasto
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Amazon #1 Bestseller and Indie Book Award Recipient

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 think we can spare 10 minutes a day to do that.

But ~ we might have forgotten some - ehem - possibly many - historical details. We'd rather not commit to months of research to prepare our own family lesson plans. Not to mention, little things (and people) demand our attention and break our train of thought all of the...wait, what were we talking about? 

YEAR OF LITTLE LESSON PLANS will give your mouth actual words to say to entertain and educate your little ones ages 3-8, from a Christian perspective, one little lesson at a time. Open, read and enjoy as your children wonder out-loud just how you came to know a little bit about everything.

**A portion of the proceeds goes to an Atlanta-area at-risk pregnancy shelter        


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"What an enriching course of study for the youngsters in your family!" - MENSA BULLETIN

"Great stuff and a wonderful way to interact constructively with your children every (week)day of the year" - Bookworm Reviews

"You'll love what she has to share!" - Susan Heim, author of 10 CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL books

"If you are a mom of young kids, you need it!" - Erica Deuel, homeschooling mom to 3 and founder of SpoonfulOfImagination.com

"Basically, it's your best friend when you have a few extra minutes and want to do something meaninful with your child"
- Pam Whitlock, founder of MoneyTrail.net

About the Author

Featured Author Book Expo America 2014!  NYC May 29-31 Booth 2368

Before the first of her three children was born, Courtney managed a team of project managers and process experts for a Fortune 10 company. Over the last few years she's adapted 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 place.

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  • File Size: 991 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477486054
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AMA6OLW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! December 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 approach. Different ideas. A lot more action!

This is why I LOVED this book:

every day has a specific thought, idea, that I can teach (or attempt to) my four year old and his baby brother,
every thought is slightly expanded on and some of the info is actually new to me,
there are quotes, crafts and ideas,
and the tone in which the book is written - is simply friendly, and smart. I like the fact that Courtney has three children - it comes across in her writing well - she understands my crazy mom side and she's nice enough to where she actually wrote an action plan and put it in a book.

One idea - if this would be converted into a calendar - and I could access it on my computer calendar/smartphone/ipad whatever lol... it would be indispensable.

only con is it's not an all conclusive schedule - and I still have to figure out when to breastfeed/nap and feed my kids, alas - I forgive Courtney - she still did a bang up job :p

Thumbs up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRA reading bonus at end :) May 31, 2014
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Although targeted at children ages 3-8, the author includes ideas at the beginning on how to adapt the plans for younger or older children. The book goes month by month with 4 weeks in each. (4 free weeks over the year.) Each week is a different theme. Some examples are:

Calendar * Black History * US Presidents * The Color Green * Rain * Kites * Raised Garden (BTW the word "garden" is missed off the title.) * ABC's which includes both braille and sign language * Snow * Manners

Need inspiration for a particular week? Pick up the book, go to the index and see all the topics.

Excellent reading hints are given at the end of the book along with alphabet flash cards. What a nice surprise! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this. No reason to ever be lost for inspiration again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great things to do with your kids! January 8, 2013
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If you are a parent whose idea of parenting is to sit your child in front of a TV program or movie while you do something you want to do, then you absolutely need to read this book. Considering, however, that the people who will probably read this are parents who already try to come up with new and creative things to do, this is the resource that you are definitely looking for. I helped with the homeschooling of all three of my children and ideas like these were so hard to come by. I think kids learn the most from those little, incidental conversations we have such as when buying groceries and teaching them to read the label. The cool thing about this book is that it has a 10 minute idea for each day of the year and is arranged by the calendar year. Ideas relevant to the weather and holidays are right where they should be. Also, the bonus at the end is really a bonus: great advice on teaching your child to read. Literacy is a big issue these days and teaching your child to read well is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. Enjoy this book while you enjoy it with your kids. Lots of fun things to do, take pictures while you're doing them with your kids, and then remember those great memories when they're older. What could be better? My niece and nephew really, really loved this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for every Mom! December 18, 2012
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This is an easy, entertaining, and fun read. I like that you can pick it up at any point and read a lesson(s). It demands the attention of both Moms (and Dads!) and children. I have found even my 6 year old daughter reading it independently with great curiosity. It's a great refresher to all the fun facts we learned in school, but incorporating creative ways to teach the lessons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! April 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
I cannot say enough great things about this book! My boys and I absolutely love it. This is an excellent resource for moms of young children. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for dinner conversation starters February 9, 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
Book has weekly topics, broken down into daily chunks, of lessons we always mean to teach kids but somehow lose track of in everyday life. Huge variety of lessons and little activities, from history to basic sports to family trees. Includes all those historical details and neat facts we mommies don't have time to look up on our own.
We use ours as our nightly dinnertime conversation starter. The boys (6, 4) LOVE it. I'd say it's perfect for about ages 3 1/2 to 6 or 7, but older ones will like a lot of it, too. Good for mixed ages--very scalable lessons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! January 13, 2013
Format:Kindle 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 easy to follow and really goes a great job of breaking down her ideas. I love that for the younger kids, she has them learning to help with laundry by doing it together. My 2 year that I had in February loved to help with laundry but it always took 2 to 3 times longer because I always had to redo what she did. However, by having the child assist me it would eliminate that problem. That's just one of the great ideas listed in this book so I would highly recommend it to anyone who is parenting a young child. You will not be sorry!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome plans!
Awesome plans! I highly recommend this for stay at home Moms with their young children. The plans are short, but packed with good information for the little ones.
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Published 15 days ago by Laura
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Published 28 days ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes the Carpool Line Fun!
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amanda Huyser
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE
I absolutely love this book. There are so many times I feel like as a mom we try so hard to tell our kids something new each day. Everything should be a learning experience right? Read more
Published 19 months ago by Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars This homeschooling momma loved it!
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! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!!
This is a great resource for a parent of young kids! Sometimes I get so wrapped up in getting through the day, I forget to take time to teach. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sarahcg
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LITTLE LESSONS AND FUN FACTS
As a grandmother of five I thoroughly enjoyed this book...There is so much that I have learned from reading it..and I know my grandchildren will enjoy it also.... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Michele 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. Over the last few years she's adapted successful business tools for use in the home. She's taught family strategy development to at-risk pregnant women and consults businesses on how to make their processes more efficient. She lives with her husband and children near Atlanta, where lots of Candyland-ing and freeze-tagging takes place.

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