Spark Your Child’s Imagination Though Reading Aloud

There is a whole big world out there filled with magic and adventure. I don’t know about your family but we have not been able to see all of the corners of the earth and beyond. However we have found a way to ignite our imagination and explore more than I ever thought possible.

Now for the best news. You can have this same experience in your own home.

That’s right.

Grab your kids, a blanket, turn off your phone and open a book. The world is yours.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George Book Review

Curious George is a such classic character. Around since I was little . Now that I am a parent I love sharing him and his mischievous adventures with my Little’s.

One of my newest books from Raincoast Books is “Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George.” I was so glad to receive it for a couple reasons. One being that it is quite difficult to find good books about St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not entirely sure why but it is one holiday that isn’t represented well in literature.

The books starts out at the beginning of the day with Curious George getting ready in his special green attire. Once he is dressed he is ready to enjoy the festivities of the day. He goes from event to event having lots of fun and learning a bit about Irish culture and folk lore.

I quite enjoyed this book. It is a board book but it has a decent amount of words to appeal to kids preschool level and up. It’s not long but long enough to introduce lots of the fun that revolves around St. Patrick’s Day.

Of course after reading you will be inspired to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little bit more. Get out your green clothes, we are going to have so much fun!

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Here are some options to inspire your St. Patty’s fun.

First off  lets chat about leprechauns. Leprechaun’s are little men who are quite mischievous and magical. Quite the combo. They love to pay tricks and hide their gold. Because leprechauns are so tricky it is nearly impossible to find their gold but if you manage to catch a leprechaun then you might just have hit the jackpot. Gather up some supplies and build a special trap only for leprechauns. Make sure to use some glitter to help lure them in.

While you are waiting for your trap to catch a Leprechaun you might as well search for some coins. Parents, you could do this many different ways. Hide coins outside, in your home or even use a sensory bin to keep them mostly in one spot. My kids love sensory bins so we choose to make one. We might have gone outside if their wasn’t so much snow.

Feeling crafty? Make your own four leaf clovers. Once your finished don’t forget to make a very special wish.

If your family loves to eat and cook together check out some recipes and try a new Irish dish. I’d go with Corned Beef if I were you.

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! I hope all your wishes come true.

Will the man in the  yellow hat don green on St Patrick’s Day? You are going to have to get your own copy to find out.

What I Love About You!

As a wife I have been blessed with a wonderful hubby. He amazing but not really a talker. Its just not his thing. Sometimes that drives me crazy but its who he is.

A few years ago I was in a rough spot. You know, the one where your not sure how awesome you are or you can’t think of anything about yourself except the negative things that continuously pop into your mind. I was wallowing a bit. Stuck in self pity and a bad case of the bla’s. I was telling my husband all of the negative things about myself and he was so kind and honestly told me that I was lying to myself. That I was better than my mind was telling me. That I am loved. I didn’t have to be perfect to be loved and that I can be awesome without being perfect.

The next day during his lunch break he texted me a simple and sweet message. I don’t remember the exact message but it went like this. I love your _____. After I received the message I thought about thanking him for his kind words but instead I texted him back something that I loved about him.

Three years later and every lunch break I still get a message to pick me up and remind me that I am loved. It has made a huge difference for me. Now imagine how this would effect a child. Your child.

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The Intentional Bookshelf Review

In our home we love to read. We read in the kitchen during breakfast. We read in the living room snuggled up by the fireplace. We read in our beds. We read under tents. We read just about everywhere.

We love reading!

Before my first was born I knew that I wanted a home filled with books that inspired, transported and transformed my kids. What I didn’t know was what books I should add to my shelves. There are so many great options and alot of not so great ones. Starting from square I found myself completely overwhelmed. Have you been there too?

I wish I would have read “The Intentional Bookshelf” in the beginning. It would have helped me to get started off on the right foot.

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Arctic Book List for your Little Readers

Baby, it is cold outside!

We are under lots of snow which was perfect for our week long study of the Arctic! We gathered up lots of great books and cuddled under a pile of blankets. Reading and snuggling is one of my favorite activities to do with my little’s.

Good books open up the doors of curiosity and exploration. Here are the books that we used during our Arctic study.

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Cara’s Kindness Book Review

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As a parent I have sat down with my husband and discussed what our goals were for parenthood. What we wanted to unsure our kids understood and what kind of people we wanted to raise. When it came down to it our main goal was to raise kind individuals.

People that think of others needs and go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Kindness makes a huge difference in day to day life and has the potential to transform various situations.

In Cara’s Kindness, Kristi Yamaguchi strives to show kids the importance of being kind. Kindness comes in many different forms and I love the variety that she wrote It can be as simple as sharing your snack, teaching someone a skill, helping someone when they are unable to help themselves or simply becoming a friend.

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Bible Origami Book Review

Growing up I watched my parents introduce us again and again to the scriptures and their stories. For the most part I think they did a great job but sometimes we, the kids, were just down right bored and didn’t want to internalize the important messages that the stories taught. Talk about a tough crowd.

Over the last few years I have poured myself into researching the different learning styles that children resonate best with. I believe that the best way to teach is the best way that each individual learns. Every child is different but there are some patterns when it comes to effectively teaching them.

In my home, hands on learning, aka kinesthetic learning, is huge. We like to wiggle, kick, jump, fiddle and climb. Pretty much all day long. Yes, this even includes when we are trying to be reverent. I am working on it but its not as easy as it sounds.

Bible Origami is going to be perfect for our family! The kids (and I) will have the perfect resource to help us keep our fingers busy while listening to the scriptures. The origami featured compliments many of the classic bible stories. While learning about the faith of Daniel you can assemble your own lion. Build your own tablets during lessons regarding the Ten Commandments.

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Moving at Christmas!

December is generally a crazy time of year for people around the world. In our house we decided to make this year a little extra crazy. You know, for fun!

We moved!

That’s right. During our holidays we are packing up, moving, unpacking, celebrating Christmas and finishing renovations at our current place to get it ready for new renters. To say we are a bit crazy is an understatement.

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In the end I am sure everything will turn out just fabulously. That is if I have any hair left!

Have you moved with little’s in tow? What were your secrets for success? You must have secrets.

Below are my top moving tips. I saved them just for you!

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STEAM Christmas Observation

As soon as December comes I immediately want to get out the Christmas decorations and explore all of the treasures that I have collected over the years. My decorations have become memories in a box and I love it.

This year we are right in the middle of packing up to move which unfortunately means that we barely brought out any of our decorations. I am still sad about it but I did get somethings to make the holidays special for the kids.

One of our Christmas festivities was all about observing and handling various objects that remind me of Christmas. We made hypothesis’s and tested them for close to an hour. Yes an hour and this was without most of my fun festive supplies. The sky is the limit. Seriously.

Now, usually I share all of my wonderful ideas here but this time I wrote a guest post for Amanda from Sicily’s Heart and Home.

You will find everything that you need for my awesome STEAM activity here. Check it out, your going to love it.

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I know, you want more. More STEAM activities. Lucky for you. I know just the place. You need STEAM Kids Christmas!! I didn’t know I would need it at the beginning of the holiday season but it has been so helpful for me. There is no way that I could think of all of these awesome ideas all by myself.

If your feeling like you might have missed the timing for a Christmas book then look no further. You need the regular edition, STEAM Kids. It would even make an excellent gift.

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