Wednesday, December 21, 2016
I'm going to keep this short and sweet because I only have one functioning hand. Thanks to The Blythe Daniel Agency and Blog About Network I have a copy of Bible Basics to give away!
This board book primer is NOT just for babies. Bennett and Ainsleigh have asked me to read our copy multiple times since we received it. Bible Basics breaks big concepts down, but leaves enough content for rich discussions. The illustrations are beautiful AND the people depicted are not white! I appreciate the opportunity for my kids to see a more accurate portrayal of Biblical characters. I think Bible Basics is an important book for parents and grandparents to have.
To enter to win a copy please leave a comment. (US residents only) That's it! Like I said, keeping it simple. I'll post the winner Friday evening!
Friday, June 24, 2016
I was helping B find books on army tanks at the library, and prying random titles out of Ainsleigh's hands as she tried to shove them in her book bag, when I noticed a book out of the corner of my eye on the bottom shelf. I crouched down and pulled it from the stack.
It was like finding gold.
I don't know why I haven't tried to find books on food allergies before. I guess it hadn't occurred to me .... ? We currently have three no-biggie bunch books checked out from the library. I think we'll eventually own the series. It's so nice for Bennett to read books about kids who have food allergies and need to bring special food with them everywhere.
Now in the book each child has one food allergy, and Bennett has many, but he can still relate! The books have provided many jumping off points for conversations about his allergies and how he feels about them.
To buy directly go HERE
I'm not being asked to promote these books, I just really like them!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
When we walk in the library everyone at the front desk cringes. I have to bring the stroller just to get all of our selves and books in the door. I bring two huge bags my mom found on clearance at Target when B was in the NICU and we were desperate for clothes and something to store them in. Blue for me, white for the kids. Then we stuff them full of as many books as they can hold, and sometimes more. I've been known to leave the library with two bags full, the stroller top stacked high, and the kids arms full of precarious stacks.
I had to open up a library account for B because we kept maxing out my card. With a 100 book limit we haven't had any problems, but Ainsleigh doesn't have a card yet, so there's the option to stretch our limit to 150 titles if we really get crazy. I'm already trying to figure out how we'll manage when it no longer makes sense to bring a stroller. Everyone brings their own rolling suitcase? Or wagon? Or laundry basket?
On our last library trip I managed to navigate the two bags, two children, two library cards circus without completely embarrassing myself or exasperating the staff, which was a nice change from the usual disastrous check out routine. I've asked the staff to build a corral area with lockable gate around each checkout station, but they haven't complied yet. Perhaps they could just create a small children check out booth that locks. That would be VERY helpful. I'll take carry out service as well. That would greatly improve my library experience. Imagine the possibilities if I was allowed a staff member and rolling cart on every library trip!
Out of the heaps and piles of books we own and borrow here are the ones the kids love/can't get enough of/return to again and again (this week):
We have all five bear and mouse books. I love them, Jon loves them, the kids love them. They're funny, heartwarming, and have a gentle lesson about friendship included in each one. They're great for read aloud, especially with one person reading Bear's lines while another tackles Mouse's. I relate to Bear in many ways. Read the books and you'll see why.
We discovered this treasure at the library last week. We are all besotted. I love that the story focuses on a father and son going on an after dark adventure to find a beloved stuffed animal. There's some tension and a little bit of worry as Michael searches and searches for his Monkey Moon, but the book isn't scary. And the author presents the search as an adventurous journey which makes the finding of Monkey Moon all the more exciting. I think a big part of my love for this book is how sweet my daughter sounds when she says, "Monkey Moon?" as we read the book.
The content in this book is excellent. Most of it is beyond the kids, but reading through it and solving the math myself exposes them to numbers and math in a fun way. It covers everything from basic counting to division with some shapes thrown in at the end. I love the illustrations as well.
I need to buy a copy of this book. We check it out from the library regularly. I love the story, the illustrations, and the sweetness of this book.
I just discovered the Crinkleroot series. I love it! Easy for kids to understand, with solid facts and interesting information. The kids are really into identifying birds and trees right now so these are great to have on hand. The bird guide is currently overdue at the library. We need to give it back and buy a copy!
Friday, June 10, 2016
While Bennett has moved from construction vehicle love to army tanks and war weapons love (seriously) I remember those days well.
I was reading one of our books on construction to Ainsleigh the other night before bed. Shortly after settling her in for the night I saw an advertisement for our city's public works day. And I immediately wanted to tell all moms of toddlers to check if their city has a public works day because it's a great hands on learning experience for kids.
Back when Bennett was obsessed with construction trucks I took him to the public works day. He hated it and refused to go on any of the trucks and was generally miserable, but the rest of the kids looked like they were having a good time! Perhaps we'll attempt it again this year.
If going to a local public works day, sitting in the vehicles, and honking the horn isn't enough for your kiddo here's a list of our favorite construction books. I scoured the library for books on the subject when Bennett was 2 so I feel like an expert. (If you need recommendations for books about battle tanks I am now well versed on that subject as well - just ask!).
We play this a lot. When B received the game as a gift for his second birthday we played with a handful of cards. He can now handle playing with the full set of cards. His memory is way better than mine!
Our copies of these books are WORN out
Forklifts: Machines at Work
We checked this book out from the library so many times I hoped they would give it to us. Wouldn't it be fun if that's how the library worked! If you check out an item ten times it's yours! I guess that's not a very good business model ...
Tip Tip Dig Dig
I'll never forget Bennett listening to this book during story time at the library. His eyes widened, he sat forward, and when the reading was over he said, "let's get that one!" He LOVED this title.
Ainsleigh enjoys the Dig Dog Digs set we have, mostly because she likes looking at the kitty on every page, but her main love right now is Sesame Street. Next week I'm going to take her to the big city all by myself to see Sesame Street Live. Just thinking about doing that by myself is giving me an anxiety attack so I'm choosing not to think about it. As for Bennett and his tank love I'm doing my best to get us access to an Army base in Washington so we can visit the tank museum there. WHY put the museum on the base?! It makes access nearly impossible! So what I have to look forward to in the next few weeks is a terrifying solo parent trip into the city with my girl and a background check from Homeland Security. The things I do for my babies!