Rachel and the Treeschoolers: Extraordinary Earth


When it comes to homeschool science for my 4- and 7-year-old girls, all three of us LOVE the show Rachel and the Treeschoolers, created by the makers of Signing Time. Nine episodes have been released so far, and they all come with FREE activity guides to extend the learning.

Several months ago, we helped with the activity guide for Episode 8: Extraordinary Earth.


Ep. 8 Extraordinary Earth
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When Chroma Chameleon discovers that her cousin’s habitat is endangered, the TreeSchoolers naturally want to help. With Rachel’s guidance, they discover that there are lots of things they can do to take care of our Earth! Along the way, they learn about

  • Months of the year
  • Seasons of the year
  • Geological formations
  • Natural resources
  • The seven continents
  • Conservation and recycling
  • Being an everyday hero

Our girls created a “handy craft” showing a tree during each of the four seasons. This month, I’d like to work on some of the other activities found in the guide. Spring seems like a wonderful time to celebrate our EXTRAORDINARY Earth!


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Favorite Books for Toddlers: Liesbet Slegers

Favorite Books for Toddlers: Liesbet Slegers

Are you looking for new books to read (over and over again) to your toddler? Today, I wanted to share one of my daughter’s favorite authors with you–Liesbet Slegers!

Ms. Slegers has written a bunch of adorable toddler-friendly books about simple, real-life experiences like eating a meal, playing with toys, going to the doctor, etc. Many of the books feature characters named Kevin and Katie (“Karel and Kaatje” in the original Dutch), which makes my own Katie very happy.

We frequently check out Slegers’ books from the library and we’ve bought quite a few for our own collection, as well. Here are a few of our favorites:

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I have read Katie Goes to the Doctor every day for the past nine weeks. Kate has the entire text memorized, including words like temperature, concerned, ache, liquids, and pharmacist. She’s really sad that it’s time for the book to go back to the library, but we’ve run out of renewals! I guess it’s time to pick a new Liesbet Slegers book off the shelf. 😉

What author does your child love?

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Favorite Books for Toddlers: Liesbet Slegers

Spring 2015 Events

Spring 2015 promises to be a fun season here at Lone Star Signers!
Click on any of the graphics to learn more about each event:

Tot School 101-AprilIntroduction to Tot School // April 4th
Are you interested in learning more about home education for toddlers & preschoolers? Come to this two-hour workshop to learn more about finding resources, purchasing materials, and planning fun, creative lesson plans for your young child.


Mom’s Book Club // April 9th
Join us at the park–the kiddos can play while we talk about our current book, The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. Prepare to be inspired, encouraged, and challenged by a fantastic book! This event is FREE and open to any and all local moms! Contact me for details.


Grad Class: Beach // May 2nd
Bring your little one for a fun time learning signs about the sand and surf–just in time for summer! We’ll read books, sing songs, and play games. Please register online by April 18th. Please note: This class is reserved for Lone Star Signers graduates.

Tot School 201-May

Tot School 201 // May 23rd
Wondering how to set goals for your little ones? Find out how to spark a love of learning that will set your child up for school success! We’ll also cover learning styles and different educational methods like Montessori, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, and more.

Tot School 301-May

Tot School 301 // May 23rd
In this new Tot School workshop, we’ll talk about the importance of literacy in your young child’s life. Learn about phonics, whole language, and how you can prepare your child to fall in love with reading.