20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter

20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter

What if your child isn't ready for Harry Potter? What books are similar but for a younger audience? I've scoured the internet looking for great fantasy adventure books, alike to the famous Harry Potter series, yet geared toward children who are NOT yet ready for the intensity that comes along with the Hogwarts life. So, here are 20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter!

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5 Life Lessons We Learned from the Harry Potter Books

5 Life Lessons We Learned from the Harry Potter Books

We are a family of bibliophiles. We love books. We collect books. We never seem to have enough books! Curling up together and reading aloud is one of our favorite activities. Give us quality books that teach life lessons while keeping us engaged and entertained and we're a fan for life. The Harry Potter series will likely go down in history as a quality children's book series that teaches life lessons. Here are 5 of those life lessons we learned from the Harry Potter books.

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Winter Hike with Friends

Winter Hike with Friends

Our son led the way over streams, across logs and over bridges. He was as happy as a lark showing his friends the way up the mountain. The children discovered snail shells, river rocks, mountain trout, mushrooms, and lovely golden leaves every where they turned.

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25 Books Your Child Should Read After Harry Potter

25 Books Your Child Should Read After Harry Potter

Your reluctant reader has finished the Harry Potter series...um...now what? Here they are all glassy eyed and full of wonder from their journey into Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. They are simply unwilling to come back to the muggle world, but instead wish to stay in the realm of fantasy and adventure. Well, I too have found myself in this exact position, and I'm positive I'm not alone. Here are 25 books your child should love reading after Harry Potter!

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Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle

Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle

When a little boy has a love of Harry Potter, you find that he wants everything to have a Harry Potter theme. This spills over into Christmas as well! Last year we created a Harry Potter Christmas Tree and a Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle. His Papa and I helped him with some of the harder to make towers and rolling out of the gingerbread, but the majority of the work was done by our 9 year old son. He was so pleased with the results of his hard work. His Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle was quite epic.

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Winter Solstice Activities & Books

Winter Solstice Activities & Books

The Winter Solstice is upon us! Also known as the shortest day and longest night of the year, the winter solstice usually takes place on December 21st or 22nd every year in the Northern Hemisphere. Many cultures around the world celebrate the solstice by holding festivals, and holidays. These celebrations were created to celebrate the return of light, and the joy of each day growing longer and longer.

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Gift Ideas for Kids who Love SCIENCE

Gift Ideas for Kids who Love SCIENCE

Lets talk kids who love science for a moment. I don't know about you, but our kids love anything science related! We're talking chemistry, engineering, geology, robots, STEM and everything in-between. They will spend hours building, tinkering, and completely absorbed in any experiment. So, if you're like me and frantically searching for science related gifts, then search no more. Check out these fantastic holiday gift ideas for your science loving kids!

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Explore the 5 Senses with the Know Yourself Adventure Series

Explore the 5 Senses with the Know Yourself Adventure Series

I am so excited to share an awesome subscription box that I recently discovered! Do your children love hands on learning that's fun? I know ours sure do. Do your kids love science, technology, engineering, and math aka STEM? What about comic books? Our son thrives on STEM based learning and being a reluctant reader, comic books have been a big hit with him too! How about all of these things I mentioned with a bit of history and geography thrown in? Then allow me to introduce to you the Know Yourself Adventure Series!

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Our Day at the Knoxville Zoo

Our Day at the Knoxville Zoo

The weekend of our daughter's birthday, the Knoxville Zoo had their Dollar Days. This is where you can get $1 tickets to the zoo so long as you bring non-perishable food donations for each ticket purchased. I bought six tickets and we invited Uncle Joe and Aunt Stephanie to come along with us. The children were so excited to visit all of the animals. They could barely contain their excitement all week leading up to our day at the Knoxville Zoo!

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Fun Gilmore Girls Gift Ideas

Fun Gilmore Girls Gift Ideas

Today I'm going to let you know about a guilty pleasure of mine. Are you ready? Gilmore Girls! Yes, I love the Gilmore Girls. I love their coffee addiction. I love their movie and book references. I love the town troubadour's songs and all of the great music on the show. I may be slightly obsessed with this show. I'm on my 6th or 7th time watching the entire series. Plus the "Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life" is going to be released soon on Netflix! I assure you that I will get nothing done that day except binge watch my favorite show and drink coffee. With my love of all things Gilmore and the holiday season approaching I thought I'd create a fun list of Gilmore Girls gift ideas for my fellow Gilmore lovers!

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Birthday Celebrations For A Princess

Birthday Celebrations For A Princess

Another year has come and gone. Our little girl is turning FOUR! Wow, how the time flies. This week as her birthday approached, I have really tried to slow down and savor the moments with her. There is a quote from Peter Pan that says, "Little boys should never be sent to bed, they always wake up a day older..." Well, in this case it's our little girl and she's getting older everyday.

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30 Super Cool STAR WARS Gifts

30 Super Cool STAR WARS Gifts

New Star Wars movies are on the horizon. Many of us cannot contain our excitement! What do you give your Star Wars loving friends/loved ones...or yourself, possibly? Considering we are a household of total Star Wars geeks I feel confident in my ability to find you an awesome list of items to choose from. Here are 30 super cool Star Wars gift ideas that are sure to please the Star Wars fan in your life.

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20 Awesome Harry Potter Gift Ideas

20 Awesome Harry Potter Gift Ideas

We are a family of Harry Potter lovers. It's true! Just check out our Harry Potter Christmas Tree or our Harry Potter Day if you want proof. So, I felt that because of our love of all things Harry Potter we were totally qualified in providing you a Harry Potter gift guide. Here are 20 awesome gift ideas for your friends/loved ones or....let's face it...yourself!

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Top 20 Doctor Who Gift Ideas

Top 20 Doctor Who Gift Ideas

Oh Yes! For all of our fellow Doctor Who fans I am bringing you a Doctor Who Gift Guide! As you may know our entire household is in love with Doctor Who! So, without further ado here are my top 20 Doctor Who gift ideas...ALLONS-Y!

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Our Week in Review

Our Week in Review

Welcome to another week in review here at Nourishing My Scholar. This is the Halloween edition so it's loaded with the children in costumes! Fun right? Of course they don't need a reason like Halloween to dress up. They don the costumes all year round! Throw in a bit of poetry and some great books and you've got our week!

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Halloween Poetry Teatime Picnic

Halloween Poetry Teatime Picnic

A Halloween Poetry Teatime Picnic! Doesn't it just sound lovely! I admit at first it seemed like it might be a bit overwhelming, but I decided to make it as simple as possible. We already had the Halloween costumes, the poetry books, an old quilt, and some apple cider. The only prepping I had to do was opening a package of Pillsbury Halloween cookies. Seriously, I'm all for homemade and from scratch, but some days...or most days...you've got to make things easier on yourself so you can provide these fun memories for your children. So, you have my permission to break open those prepackaged cookies and enjoy some poetry with your kids! 

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Books & Activities

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Books & Activities

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a favorite in our home. We read it every year at Halloween and our kids never seem to tire of it. This year I decided to do a bit more than read the original classic by Washington Irving. This year I wanted to add in a few activities to go along this famous folk tale.

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Kids Books about Marie Curie to Inspire Your Little Scientist

Kids Books about Marie Curie to Inspire Your Little Scientist

Marie Curie is considered one of the greatest female scientists of all time. With her birthday coming up on November 7th, and our sons love of all things science, I felt a post dedicated to kids books about Marie Curie, and to inspiring little scientist everywhere was needed. I mean, it's not every day that someone wins the Nobel prize, or that someone wins the Nobel prize twice and in two different fields, or that your discovery helps usher in the atomic age! 

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Our Week in Review

Our Week in Review

Welcome to another Week in Review where I catch you up on all the goings on here at Nourishing My Scholar. I hope you find encouragement and some fun ideas for your own homeschoolWe, have had a beautiful week full of books, a Fall Festival and Candy Apples! 

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