Activities With “Mouse’s First Snow”

December 1, 2010

We read “Mouse’s First Snow” yesterday in our co-op as an element of our winter theme, and afterwards we did a couple of activities that tied in with the book. In the book, Mouse goes outside to play in the snow with his dad and follows his lead as the father does all kinds of […]

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December Giveaway – LeapFrog Fridge Words

December 1, 2010

If your pre-schooler is like ours, they love to be with you while you’re cooking. And if you’re like us, you spend a lot of time in the kitchen over the holidays. LeapFrog’s Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder can help! This educational toy makes your time in the kitchen more hassle-free, especially if you put […]

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Modeling Instead of Correcting

November 29, 2010

Yesterday I was listening to Pea ramble on and on about princesses and all of things that being a princess entails. She was using some of her own Spanglish words in her descriptions,  and I was reminded of something I heard a couple of years ago on an airplane.  The man in the row behind […]

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Our Co-op For Preschoolers In Action!

November 24, 2010

Ana isn’t going to toot her own horn about this here, so I’m going to step in and toot it for her. A few months ago, she posted on a local website asking if there were any other moms in our area who would be interested in starting up a home preschool co-op for a […]

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Questions Help Your Young Child Develop Comprehension Skills

November 23, 2010

There is a big difference between being able to read individual words and being able to comprehend what you read, and this is one of the common issues older readers struggle with. One of the best ways to prevent issues with comprehension is to help your young child develop comprehension skills by asking questions while […]

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Cutting Back on Screen Time

November 22, 2010

From today’s Tennessean, Dr. Frank Boehm calls for replacing t.v. time with book time: If we began to encourage our children to replace screen time with reading books, they would be more able to counter ignorance in themselves and others by being able to enter conversa­tions with real facts rather than sound bites from television programs […]

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A Thanksgiving Book We’re Enjoying – Review

November 20, 2010

We tried to check “Thanks for Thanksgiving” out at our local libraries last week, but it was already checked out at every branch. But at $6.99, that’s not a bad price on Amazon. Plus, if you weren’t aware, parents get a free membership to Amazon Prime called Amazon Mom (dads and caregivers are eligible too). […]

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Oh Yeah, This Is Fun Too

November 19, 2010

The other night I was reading the girls a book at bedtime, and I picked up on something I think may be really important to our girls learning to read. Now, we seem to always be on the lookout for “teachable moments” around here. Sometimes that means stopping to ask questions about the book we’re […]

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Weaving Literacy Into Learning Numbers

November 18, 2010

Here’s a fun way to help your child expand their vocabulary when you aren’t even “working” on reading. Chick Pea is working on a weekly art project that is geared towards helping her learn the numbers that are multiples of ten. Each week, she gets to glue the appropriate number of objects onto the numbers, […]

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A Throwback To Reading In The Car

November 17, 2010

I saw something today while driving that I haven’t seen in a while…kids reading books in the backseat of a car. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. So many cars have dvd players in the backseat now that it’s become the normal activity for road trips. Our little ones are in the early […]

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