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Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Children's Literature, Kindergarten, Library, Preschool | 0 comments

Fab Five Fridays: Children’s Books, Volume Three

Fab Five Fridays: Children’s Books, Volume Three

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Books are something you can never have too many of. We love books. We have LOTS of books, whether from birthday & Christmas gifts or hand-me-downs. Our collection is growing as our children grow and we couldn’t be happier!

When I started the Fab Five Fridays: Children’s Books series, you can see we were in a different place in our parenthood. We were reading board books to please our eager toddler. Now that our children are older, they naturally enjoy more advanced books.

1. Press Here by Herve Tullet (all ages)

We love this book so much, we purchased the iPad app! Press Here will hold a child’s attention through the entire book. It’s so captivating and, more importantly, FUN! The website even offers activities related to the book. Enjoy!!

Press Here

Photo Copyright Chronicle Books

2. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (ages 3+)

Though this book may not be appropriate for the much younger crowd, it’s very amusing. Our kids really enjoy the humor involved and get a laugh each and every time it is read in our house.

I Want My Hat Back

Photo Copyright Candlewick Press

3. The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (ages 4+)

This is another book geared toward preschoolers and up. Morris Lessmore is full of imagination. Our oldest daughter can relate to the idea of getting lost in a book. The illustrations are wonderful and story line clever. And, by golly,there is a short film. Little did we know the film came first, then the book. Of course, there is also an app. We added the film & the app to our wish list – more on that later!

Morris Lessmore

Photo Copyright Moonbot Studios

4. Journey by Aaron Becker

Winner of a 2014 Caldecott Honor Award, Journey is unlike any other book we own, quite unlike any other book I’ve seen. There is no text, simply beautiful illustrations covering the pages of this lovely book. A young girl guides us though the creative world in which she lives to let our minds wander. I highly recommend this book for children who love storytell, or for those who haven’t yet tapped into their imaginations.

Photo Copyright Aaron Becker

Photo Copyright Aaron Becker 

5. Can You Find It? by The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Our kids LOVE finding objects in real life so why wouldn’t they love them in books?! They have always been keen on finding Waldo and his friends, so we branched out into the world of seek & find books and found this gem. Each set of pages has a pretty scene of famous art in which they search to find items listed. I love the art, of course, and think they do, too!

Photo Copyright The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Photo Copyright The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

 

 

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Children, Education, Family, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Memories, Motherhood, Parenting, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, This Is Homeschool, Toddlers | 2 comments

This Is Homeschool: 01.16.14

This Is Homeschool: 01.16.14

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We’ve been spending lots of days in our jammies (you’ve got that right – full days in pajamas – simply because we can). Between multiple illnesses among us and the freezing cold temps outside, why bother getting dressed?! Today, being a ‘recovery’ day, we decided to stay in our pj’s & do things like play cards, dye noodle necklaces (post coming soon), read, & do workbooks and a few other projects.

We love playing cards for so many reasons. As homeschoolers, it teaches us various concepts such as numbers, taking turns, strategy, planning ahead…and as a family, it brings us together for some time, usually a long time, and teaches patience as well as how to win and how to lose.

Crazy 8’s (pictured) is a great game for little ones. Also, Go Fish, Old Maid, & Speed are fun, age-appropriate games to play with preschoolers & kindergartners. The kids love playing card games & learn in the process: a win-win! Who knew a little play could lead to such enrichment?!

What are some of your favorite family-friendly card games? Do share, please!

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Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Arts, Children, Crafts, Creative, Economical Activities, Homeschool, Kids Activities, Kindergarten, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, Toddlers | 2 comments

C Is For Camel

C Is For Camel

We’re finding ourselves right down the middle of the line between structured schoolers and unschoolers. No rush, but the kids seem to desire some structure once in a while. This is such a learning experience for all of us!

Part of our latest homeschool curriculum is to choose a letter as well as take turns choosing an animal of the week.

I got the idea to do a letter of the week from Confessions Of A Honeschooler, one of my favorite homeschooling resources.

This week, it was Tavia’s turn to choose so she chose camel. Therefore, the letter of the week is C.

I love that she chose a camel! We learned a lot about camels. I always enjoy learning new things alongside them. Did you know dromedary camels can store up to 80 pounds of fat in their humps?! They can survive on that for a long time in the desert.

We watched a few videos, some educational and some just for fun. The kids got a kick out of Alice The Camel!

Some info came from National Geographic, some from other sources online & from our local library.

We also made some camels of our very own out of egg cartons, markers, glue, & pipe cleaners.

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Children, Christmas, Crafts, Creative, DIY, Economical Activities, Education, Gift Ideas, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holidays, Homemade, Homeschool, Kids Activities, Kindergarten, Parenting, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, This Is Homeschool, Toddlers | 0 comments

This Is Homeschool: Gingerbread Crayons

This Is Homeschool: Gingerbread Crayons

It’s snowy and cold. Winter is here, and so are the holidays…in full force!

As busy as I’ve been, I always try to make time to craft with the kids. For the past several years, we have collected broken crayons from our home, restaurants, etc. We just hold onto them to make our own crayons!

I found a fairly inexpensive gingerbread crayon mold at Hobby Lobby last week (it was 50% off) for a total of about $4.

The kids love to peel stuff (it’s a gene, I swear), so we got to work stripping the crayons. This takes a while, but with a little Christmas music & storytelling, we passed the time fairly easily.

Speaking of time, we’ve been learning about the passage of time – how long is a minute, an hour, a day. We guessed how long it would take to melt the crayons in the toaster oven. We didn’t get too scientific, rather we kept it simple. Each child guessed & Marsden came the closest! Then we did the same for guessing how long it would take for the crayons to cool. Tavia was closest this time.

A fun and pretty time consuming activity – with lots of play time in between!

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in All About Kraft, All About Kraft, Children, Crafts, Crafts, Creative, Economical Activities, Etsy, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Holiday Gift Ideas, Homeschool, Kids Activities, Kindergarten, Preschool, Product Review, Quiet Book, Reviews, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom | 6 comments

All About Kraft – Review and GIVEAWAY!

All About Kraft – Review and GIVEAWAY!

Several months ago, I received an email from a sweet shop owner wishing to purchase some peg dolls for her little one. We ended up trading our goods because I fell in love with her shop, All About Kraft. Owner and creator Jessica is a stay-at-home Mom of one little one (& expecting a second child soon!) and opened the shop out of the love for her son. She created a quiet book for him and soon had inquiries from others to create for them. Isn’t that the best way to start a handmade shop?! Jessica considers her sewing and crafting to be her “me time” while her son is sleeping & allows her to relax and unwind. We all need our outlets, and All About Kraft has chosen to spread the love to others by expanding her creative outlet to her Etsy shop.

Mr. Potato Head Quiet Book

Mr. Potato Head Quiet Book

Mr. Potato Head Quiet Book

Mr. Potato Head Quiet Book

Tic Tac Toe Quiet Book

Tic Tac Toe Quiet Book

We have the Mr. Potato Head Quiet Book and the Tic Tac Toe Quiet Book which the kids really love! We tote it along on car rides, lunches and dinners out to eat, play dates, and especially during rest/quiet times. Believe me when I say they will keep your child quiet and busy for a good amount of time! Jessica had our custom books shipped to us nicely in no time at all. We were able to choose special colors which we took advantage of by selecting our son’s all-time favorite color of orange for much of the Mr. Potato Head book pages and pink and blue were our daughter’s choices for the Tic Tac Toe book cars. You can have a lot of fun with All About Kraft, so don’t hesitate to get creative. Jessica can handle it, for sure!

The shop has more than just quiet books. We really need to get ourselves some Super Hero & Princess Capes! What kid doesn’t love pretending with a cape?! I think her Toddler Messenger Bags are crazy cute and pretty sure my kids would, too.

all about kraft capes

all about kraft toddler messenger bags

Homeschoolers and educators and parents alike: take note. The shop has great learning resources like the Weather Felt Quiet Book and the Train Counting Quiet Book. I’d have to say the pièce de résistance has to be the Take Along Fabric Doll House and Dolls. If that doesn’t keep your child busy, I don’t know what will!

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What’s in it for you?

All About Kraft is giving away one (1) quiet book of your choice from the shop to one lucky winner (up to a $25 value)!

You can enter HERE

Good luck, and enjoy!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive one (1) quiet book of their choice from All About Kraft (up to a $25 value). Contest begins October 7, 2013 at 12:00am and ends October 14, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Monday, October 14, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within one week of winner announcement. Entries will be verified.

Full disclosure: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post or feature All About Kraft in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :). 

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