June Family Focus: Creativity

June Family Focus: Creativity

As I hope you saw a few weeks ago when I published the booklist, our Family Focus Trait for June is creativity! We officially wrapped up honesty and kicked off creativity on June 1 with a yummy family dinner and family meeting (because, by now, you all know that in our house, family meetings are much more successful when everyone’s tummies are satisfied and their hearts are happy!). For our creativity kickoff, I chose to read Windblown by Édouard Manceau, which led into a corresponding process art activity that we all thoroughly enjoyed. Read on to hear about the book and get some information about the process art!

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The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down by Margaret Wild

The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down by Margaret Wild

Though this book was published in 2017, I just discovered it, and it is incredibly applicable to our lives over the past few months: The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To. Over the past few months, we’ve been forced to slow down. Overnight, many of us found ourselves with clear calendars, no extracurriculars, no social outings, nowhere to go… Similarly, Amy’s family has to slow down abruptly when she brings a sloth home from the park. Read on to learn more about this adorable, yet impactful story!

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Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Earlier this spring, we read the first two books in the Gooney Bird Greene series by Lois Lowry, and they were a HUGE hit! If you’re looking for a family read-aloud book that is bound to make your children laugh, inspire them to tell and write their own stories, teach them a bit about writing craft, AND is part of a 6-book series (so you’ve got lots of material once your kiddos are hooked, which they will be…), then look no further than Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Middy Thomas!

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Child Development Resources for Parents and Teachers

Child Development Resources for Parents and Teachers

How comfortable are you with your understanding of your child’s development? Does your child ever do something that makes you wonder, “What on earth is going on in his head?” or “What happened to the child who always did _____? She seems like a completely different kid overnight!”

I was a Child Development major in college (and I have a graduate degree in Elementary Education…), and even I have to admit that my memory of all that I learned about how children grow, learn, and change so many years ago seems rocky at times. Fortunately, researchers have given us many wonderful resources, full of information that provides parents and teachers a small window into what’s happening in children’s brains.

And y’all, I refer to these resources ALL THE TIME. As a teacher, I owned a handful of these books and gave brochures with pertinent information to my students’ parents at the beginning of each year. As a parent, these have provided me with great comfort when we hit “What in the world is going on?” stages. Read on to see why it’s important to gain an understanding of stages of child development, as well as which resources for understanding stages of child development I love and why!

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The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack

The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack

Don’t you worry, we’re still reading all the best honesty books over here for our Family Focus trait of honesty for May! Though we don’t really have formal trait-building activities to go with honesty month as we have in the past, we are still reading our honesty picture books and adding to our honesty chart. And this week, we read an absolute gem — The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Giselle Potter.

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Boxitects by Kim Smith

Boxitects by Kim Smith

Do you have a child who loves to tinker, create, and build? Or, are you looking for ways to inspire your children to upcycle all the boxes from online purchases from the last few months? Surely we’re not the only ones with a gigantic stack of cardboard boxes at any given time these days… Either way, you’re going to want to check out Boxitects by Kim Smith for your builders or builders-to-be, as it’s fully of both creative and teamwork inspiration!

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In the City by Dominika Lipniewska

In the City by Dominika Lipniewska

Don’t your kids just love seek-and-find books that aren’t actually seek and find, but give them plenty of opportunities to do just that? Those books that read naturally, but have hidden details in the illustrations, or are inviting for little eyes to spend hours searching? In the City by Dominika Lipniewska is just that, and you’re going to want to be sure to check it out!

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A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting

A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting

When I began to research books to include on my honesty booklist, I came across A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ronald Himler, in lots of my research. Though I generally try to get books from the library before I buy them (our school library didn’t have this one, and even if our public library system was open, our local system doesn’t have this one either!), I figured anything written by Bunting would be a safe bet to buy sight-unseen, so I scrounged around online to find a way to get this one anyway. And y’all, I am SO glad that we own this important book.

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Lilah Tov Good Night by Ben Gundersheimer

Lilah Tov Good Night by Ben Gundersheimer

Do you remember my review of Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G)? We loved that bilingual gem, so when Mister G reached out to see if I’d be interested in reading his latest picture book, Lilah Tov Good Night (illustrated by Noar Lee Naggan), I eagerly said yes. Though Lilah Tov Good Night has a completely different feel than Señorita Mariposa, I knew upon the first read that this would be a story I’d definitely want to share. Read on to see what makes Lilah Tov Good Night an important read for a wide range of children.

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Agent Lion by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Agent Lion by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Are you gravitating towards light, silly reads with your children these days? I know two of our favorite books to read around here lately have been King Hugo’s Huge Ego and The Mouse and the Motorcycle, our family read aloud, and it definitely feels good to pick up those books that sweep us to another place that’s bound to put a smile on our faces. Today, I bring you another one of those recent favorites: Agent Lion by David Soman and Jacky Davis.

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