If you missed our April booklist, we decided to continue on with our family’s focus on 12 character traits throughout 2020, recognizing that though life has changed quite drastically over the last month, we’ve been given an incredible gift of uninterrupted family time. To that end, we’re spending the month of April focusing as a family on authentic apologies and genuine forgiveness.
Though our apology and forgiveness books have been on our front-facing bookshelf since April 1, we finally had our official kick-off night on Saturday, April 4. Read on to see what book we chose to read together for this kick-off, the chart we made, and discussion ideas we have for the rest of the month. Continue reading “April Family Focus: Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness”
A few years ago, a friend introduced us to the wonder of raising our own caterpillars and watching them grow, metamorphosize, and fly away as butterflies. While we usually do this later in the spring, I had the foresight to order a caterpillar kit the day we learned school was cancelled for a while. So, for two weeks, we’ve been nurturing our caterpillars to their current chrysalis stage. And it dawned on me yesterday that this would make a very easy and terrifically fun theme for the morning! Read on to learn all about our caterpillar morning from yesterday and to see what our theme is going to be today. Continue reading “Caterpillar Day!”
Even before I had my Instagram page and this website, my friends frequently asked me to recommend books that would help their children work through fears and worries. Since starting to recommend books publically, I get asked for this even more frequently. Maybe it’s the age of my children and their friends, but it seems like I get asked for titles of books for fear and worry every other week… So, it’s about time that I just compiled a list of good books to help children cope with fear and worry! Continue reading “Books for Helping Children Cope with Fears and Worries”
For those of you who love to read books about bunnies, eggs, chicks, etc. during springtime and the Easter season, this list is for you! Below are some of our very favorite books that generally relate to Easter festivities, but can easily be incorporated into your year-round library.
(If you’re looking for Easter-specific books, both secular or religious in nature, be sure to check out yesterday’s post!). Continue reading “Our Favorite Books about Bunnies and Eggs”
We lost one of the greats yesterday, a storyteller beloved to many generations.
Do you have a favorite dePaola title from his more than 260 amazing contributions? My girls fell in love with Tomie dePaola’s stories through Strega Nona, which I also fondly remember from childhood, but some of our other dePaola favorites also include his Christmas stories, Bible treasuries, and his recent title Quiet.
As you may know, we’ve been blessed to inherit an amazing collection of children’s books from my childhood next-door neighbor (and first grade teacher!). This lovely soul is also a huge Tomie dePaola fan (I probably also got my love of his work from her as a child!), and one of the boxes of books she sent this spring was full of his works, many signed! We cherished those treasures when they arrived but feel even more grateful to have them now.
Our prayers are with those mourning Tomie dePaola right now.
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So, it turns out that you all were almost perfectly 50/50 on whether you wanted holiday-specific Easter books or more general books about bunnies and eggs, so… I’ve got two lists for you! Below, you’ll find Easter-specific titles for a variety of ages and holiday interests— little readers, bigger kids, Christian, secular… Hopefully there’s something in here for you!
If you were really hoping for my favorite non-Easter books about bunnies and eggs for your year-round reading pleasure, have no fear… I’ve got those for you, too! Just click here to see our list of our list of favorite books about bunnies and eggs! Continue reading “Our Favorite Holiday-Specific Easter Books”
As you all know, my husband and I decided to make 2020 be the year that we intentionally teach, model, and practice with our girls one character trait per month. We have chosen these traits thoughtfully, spending time discussing what traits are important to us and what kind of adults we hope to help our children grow up to be. While the first three months of this work in 2020 seemed important and impactful, we’ve all recently been given the gift of time with the people in our houses, the opportunity to focus on what’s really important. In our house, we’re embracing this as a chance to truly focus on what kind of people our children grow up to be.
Our plan for April had been to work with the girls on authentic apologies and heartfelt forgiveness. While I thought about changing our focus or abandoning altogether for a month while we get our “everyone at home all day every day” feet under us, we’re going to power through on that focus… After all, so much time together in a small space inevitably leads to situations were genuine, heartfelt apologies and forgiveness are needed!
Today, I’ve got a booklist full of wonderful children’s stories in which the characters model not only authentic forgiveness, but also exemplify what a genuine apology might sound and look like (we talk a lot in our house about Responsive Classroom’s “apology of action” if you want more to help your children go beyond simple “I’m sorries”). Continue reading “Books that Model Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness”
Right now, it’s safe to assume that just about everyone is living in a shelter-in-place community and that your children are now learning from home for a bit. Today, I’ve got five easy ways to keep connections with neighbors, friends, and family strong while also growing some literacy skills at the same time. These are wins all around! Continue reading “Five Ways to Build Connection AND Literacy Skills During Shelter-In-Place”
Do you know Tim McCanna’s books? If not, then you should! McCanna’s use of rhythm, language, and delightful storylines make all of his books huge hits in our house with both children and adults. And now he has a new book out! Read on to learn all about why we love In a Garden by Tim McCanna, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro. Continue reading “In a Garden by Tim McCanna”
Is it just in our house, or is the “L-M-N-O-P” part of the traditional alphabet song really hard for children to hear, decipher, and then translate to actually written letters of the alphabet? Surely other children out there besides our own have believed the middle of the alphabet consisted of one long, hard-to-say letter called “eleminopee,” right? Anyway, you can imagine how excited I was when our older daughter came home from her prekindergarten class one day singing the alphabet song a new and different way– a way that made each of those middle letters unique, individual sounds! Keep reading for the magical words to this version (sung to the same tune, by the way…), as well as a video of my girls modeling this edition! Continue reading “An Amazing Alphabet Song Hack”