15 Best Pinterest Boards for Homeschooling

15 Best Pinterest Boards for Homeschooling Resources

Halfway through summer many homeschool families are enjoying a much needed break. Summer has a way of slipping away though, and before you realize it, school is back in session! While you may not be ready to break out the curriculum just yet, it’s never too early to get some ideas for the upcoming year. Red Apple Reading would like to help you get started with these 15 fantastic Pinterest boards for homeschooling resources.


  1.  Organized Homeschool (Dr. Melanie Wilson) – If you’re looking to get your homeschool organized, you’ll want to check out this board.
  2.  Choosing Curriculum (Curriculum Choice/Tricia Hodges) – This board will help you with the overwhelming task of choosing curriculum.
  3.  Home Education Ideas (Jen Dunlap) – Peruse this board for a plethora of practical homeschooling ideas!
  4.  The Ultimate Homeschool Board (Creator – The Encouraging Homeschool Mom. Various Contributors) – This is truly the ultimate homeschool board! With over 57,000 pins and 191 contributors, you could spend the entire day looking through this board!
  5.  Must-Follow Homeschool Bloggers (Creator – Sarah Avila. Various Contributors) – Great posts from top homeschooling bloggers.
  6.  STEM Education (K12 & Learning Liftoff) – If you’re looking for science, engineering, math, and technology resources, this is the Pinterest board for you.
  7.  Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Blog (Enchanted Homeschooling Mom) – This board is filled with all sorts of goodies – lesson plans, crafts, recipes and more! Best of all – tons of great printables!
  8.  Montessori Homeschool (The Natural Homeschool) – If you are homeschooling according to the Montessori method, you’ll want to check out this one. It’s chock full of wonderful Montessori educational ideas!
  9.  Elementary Lessons, Tips, and Classroom Ideas (No Time for Flashcards) – This board contains a variety of helpful ideas for schooling your little one.
  10.  Homeschooling (Creator – This Reading Mama. Various contributors.) – Over 3,000 pins designed to help homeschoolers on this board. A great variety of contributors with great ideas.
  11.  Charlotte Mason Homeschool (Joy in the Home) – Homeschoolers who teach using the Charlotte Mason method (or who want to) should check out this gem!
  12.  Teachers Pay Teachers (Various Contributors) – It was impossible to pick a single board to focus on from Teachers Pay Teachers, because of the massive variety of contributors! However, as I was researching homeschooling pin boards, it seemed like almost all of them had pins from Teachers Pay Teachers. Don’t be put off by the name – there are many freebies!
  13.  Not Consumed Homeschool (Kim Sorgius. Various Contributors) – This is a good, all-around helpful board for those seeking homeschool encouragement and ideas. With  78 contributors and 18,000 pins, this board provides plenty of ideas!
  14.  Year Round Homeschooling (Misty Leask) – If you prefer a year round homeschool option, you need to follow this board. Contains great year round homeschool products, ideas, and encouragement!
  15.  Nothing But Books for Kids (Red Apple Reading) – Last (but not least) come check out our Pinterest board containing book lists and recommendations for educators and parents. If you are searching for a specific type of book for your kiddo, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here!

Red Apple Reading loves homeschool families! We hope you’ll find these Pinterest boards helpful as you prepare for the school year ahead. We invite you to take a look at all of our Pinterest boards too. You’re sure to come away with several great ideas for your homeschool.

10 Yummy Books About Ice Cream

July 17th is National Ice Cream Day! Celebrate by taking the kids out for ice cream and picking up one of these sweet titles!

Yummy Ice Cream Books - Red Apple Reading

Yummy Ice Cream Books - Red Apple Reading


Ice Cream: The Full Scoop (Gail Gibbons) – A delightful book which chronicles the history of ice cream. A fun book for preschool and early elementary students!

Should I Share My Ice Cream? (Mo Willems) – In this installment of Willem’s Elephant and Piggie books, Elephant faces a conundrum. Should he share his ice cream with his good friend Piggie? Preschoolers will like this one!

Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise (H.A. Rey) – It’s summer time and George has just got to find a way to cool off. Will he be able to catch that ice cream truck? The preschool and early elementary crowd will enjoy this one!

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream (Tom Watson) – Stick Dog and his buddies are on a mission to catch the loud, strange truck that leaves behind yummy puddles. They encounter many obstacles along the way, including the police! Older elementary students will enjoy this Stick Dog adventure!

The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze! (Todd Clark) – Irwin Snackcracker is a pretty normal 4th grade boy. He likes booger picking contests, pizza, and ice cream. One day at school, Irwin manages to score the last Fudgsicle; his superpowers begin to emerge with each bite! If your 7-12 year old kid enjoys some good potty humor, she is sure to like this book.

Ice Cream Summer (Peter Sis) – In a letter to his grandfather, Joe reassures him that he is not forgetting to stay on top of his schoolwork. It’s just that all his reading, math, and writing skills seem to revolve around his favorite summertime treat: ice cream! Beware the illustrations in this book might make you hungry! A nice choice for early elementary students.

I Am an Ice Cream Truck (Ace Landers) – Preschoolers will enjoy this board book that is shaped like an ice cream truck. Kids will watch as the people line up to receive their sweet treats and hear (thanks to a sound chip) the familiar tune of the ice cream truck!

The Ice Cream King (Steve Metzger) – When Teddy visits the new ice cream shop, he imagines an ice cream dreamland where he is the Ice Cream King! Preschool and early elementary students will enjoy this ice cream dream world and parents will enjoy the lesson on sharing that concludes the story.

Wemberly’s Ice-Cream Star (Kevin Henkes) – When little Wemberly is given an ice cream star, she discovers a way to share it with her friend; but it takes some patience! This is a sweet book for preschoolers!

The Scoop on Ice Cream (Bonnie Williams) – This installment of History of Fun Stuff provides early elementary students with the interesting history of ice cream. A level three reader containing fun ice cream trivia!


There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a delicious ice cream cone. Red Apple Reading hopes you enjoy National Ice Cream Day!


8 Compelling Reasons to Read to Your Child

8 Compelling Reasons to Read to Your Child

As parents we are constantly battling the clock. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done! Our lives are full and it seems like we never check everything off of our to do list. So you may think adding one more item to your already busy schedule is unrealistic. Red Apple Reading would like to offer 8 compelling reasons why you should be reading aloud  to your child daily (yes, even if  they are already reading independently!).



  1. They are only young once.  Believe it or not, one day your kiddo will be 18 and leaving for college or work. When that day comes, you won’t wish that you had spent more time cleaning the house. Your opportunity to cuddle on the couch and read a book together is now! Take advantage of every opportunity to read with your child – they are only little for a short while.
  2. You could use the break.  Parenting is a 24/7 job. Our work is never done! There will always be clothes to fold, dinner to cook, and book bags to go through. Even parents need a break and sitting down for a few minutes and reading with your kiddo is the perfect pick-me-up. Chances are you will be more productive for having had the rest!
  3. It’s fun!  When one of my children asks me to read to them, it’s hard to stop what I’m doing and switch gears. However, I very often discover that once I sit down and begin reading I find myself enjoying the story.  Before I know it I’m caught up in what’s happening to Harry Potter and my son is reminding me it’s time for bed.
  4. They are watching you.  Kids are smart. They understand that the things we give our time to are important to us. When parents consistently make reading time a priority it sends a clear message: reading is important!
  5. It models fluency.  In order for your kiddo to truly comprehend and enjoy what he’s reading, he needs to acquire fluency—the ability to read words and sentences accurately, at a reasonably quick pace, without the need to stop and decode individual words. One way children develop an understanding of fluency is by hearing text read to them. Reading to your child regularly provides a good model of how fluent reading sounds.
  6. It generates discussion.  I have had several good discussions with my children as a direct result of reading aloud to them. Questions such as, “What would you do if you were in this character’s situation?” or “How would you change the ending of this story?” are just a couple of ways to start a great conversation with your child.
  7. It aids vocabulary development.   According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, ” the vocab that a child has at the age of two is proportional to the number of words he’s heard spoken to him before that time.” So when you read aloud to your child, you are exposing him to new words and helping to increase his vocabulary.
  8. You’re making memories.  What will your kid remember about their childhood when they are grown? What will you remember? You will never be sorry you took time to lose yourself in a story with your child. When you read to your child you are making memories that will last a lifetime!

These are just a few of the great reasons why you should be reading aloud to your child. Why not start today making reading time with your kiddo a priority?


Celebrate the 4th of July with Fun Literacy Activities!

Red Apple Reading image - Independence DayThe 4th of July weekend is upon us and summer is in full swing. If your kids are like mine they are really enjoying their vacation from school. While it’s good to have a break from the daily grind of schoolwork, kids can lose some of the progress they made over the previous school year. You can help avoid this “summer slump” by incorporating some educational content into the summer schedule. Why not start today? Take time to sharpen your child’s literacy skills with these fun 4th of July themed activities.

  • Patriotic Picture Books – If you’re looking for some patriotic reads to share with your kiddo, then look no further! No Time for Flashcards has compiled a list of 18 patriotic picture books that are sure to get your little one ready for 4th of July fun!
  • F is for Flag – This cute craft is a must for those of you with preschoolers! Your child will practice her phonics, exercise her creativity and learn about the Stars and Stripes when she constructs this adorable F shaped American flag. Thanks MPM Ideas!
  • 4th of July Word Search – Make your very own word search with Discovery Education’s free puzzle generator. Simply type in the patriotic terms you wish to use and your customized puzzle will be ready in a matter of seconds!
  • History Lesson – Older elementary, middle and high school students will enjoy the interactives, videos, articles and pictures about the 4th of July at History.com. Take advantage of this fun way to incorporate a history lesson for Independence Day.
  • Write a Thank You Note – The 4th of July is the perfect time to write a thank you note to a soldier serving in the military. Operation Gratitude helps facilitate this important volunteer activity. Visit their website today to learn more.
  • Patriotic Writing Prompts – Want to give your little one an opportunity to practice his writing skills? Give him a patriotic writing prompt to get his creative juices flowing! Writing prompts such as, “I love living in America because…”, “If I were President I would…” and “My favorite American hero is…” are just a few ways to get your kiddo going.
  • Compose a Patriotic Poem – If your kid enjoys poetry encourage her to compose her very own patriotic rhyme. The evening barbecue will be the perfect place for her to share her creation with the entire family!
  • A to Z Challenge – See who can come up with the most patriotic words this Independence Day. Give each of your kids a sheet of paper labeled A-Z. Have them write a patriotic word starting with each letter of the alphabet. Whoever comes up with the most words is the winner!
  • ABC Stick FlagsGrowing Book by Book has 3 great ABC stick flag activities that fit well with a 4th of July theme. Test these out with your preschool kiddo this Independence Day!

We hope your weekend is filled with lots of fun family activities. Happy 4th of July from all of us here at Red Apple Reading!


Books for Kids about the American Flag

Do you understand the history behind Flag Day? On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act in order to establish a national flag. President Wilson was the first president to officially establish an anniversary of the flag resolution in 1916. However, it wasn’t until August 1949 that June 14th was officially designated as National Flag Day, when President Truman signed an Act of Congress.

Now that you know a little more about this national holiday, why not share some of the American flag’s history with your little ones? Red Apple Reading recommends these 7 “flagtastic” books for you and your children to enjoy together!

stars and stripes

Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag (Sarah L. Thomson) – Children in grades 1–4 will enjoy learning how the American flag came to be. This informative book chronicles the changes the flag has undergone throughout the years.



F is for flag



F is for Flag (Wendy Cheyette Lewison) – A nice book that reminds young children of the importance of the American flag in our society. The author explains how the Stars and Stripes symbolizes many things and serves to unite us all!




Our flag



Our Flag (Carl Memling) – If you are a fan of Little Golden Books, you and your little one will like this one! This is a great history of the American flag for preschool and early elementary school children.







Who Was Betsy Ross? (James Buckley) – Although this one isn’t primarily about the American flag, we included it because it’s about the patriotic seamstress who helped to create it! A great  biography for 8- to 12-year-olds.




Flags over America



Flags Over America: A Star Spangled Story (Cheryl Harness) – In this beautifully illustrated book, Harness tells the story of the different flags that have flown over our country. This book includes an American flag timeline as well as a glossary of flag terminology. For 7- to 10-year-olds.



The Star Spangled Banner



The Story of the “Star-Spangled Banner” (Patricia Pingry) – Children ages 2-5 will enjoy this introduction to our national anthem. This board book is toddler friendly and also includes a nice section on flag manners!




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Flag Day  (Robin Nelson) – If you’re looking for a good book about the history of Flag Day, this is a great title for emerging readers. This First Step nonfiction book includes a Flag Day timeline, facts, and glossary.




We hope you’ll take time this month to share one of these books with your family. Happy Flag Day from all of us here at Red Apple Reading!