Could your life use a little color and cheer right now? I’ve seen so many wonderful ideas shared about leaving happy sidewalk chalk messages, people pulling out their Christmas lights, and putting happy kid-drawn pictures in front windows as ways to spread joy around neighborhoods at a time when neighbors can’t be… well, neighborly. And, this felt like a terrific time to update our list of favorite rainbow and color books that I published last year! I was able to snag a few new rainbow and color books from our local library just before it closed, and added one from our collection, so I’ve got 4 new titles to add to my list! Continue reading “Four New Favorite Rainbow and Color Books”
So, how did your first week of surprise homeschooling go? Ours… definitely started out rocky. While we ended on a pretty good note, we all learned a lot over the course of the week. One of my biggest lightbulb moments came when I remembered that one of my favorite concepts in the classroom came from Responsive Classroom’s The First Six Weeks of School. Classroom teachers know that setting up routines, expectations, and rhythms needs to be done intentionally and takes focused time… Even up to six weeks of time! So if you were like me and hoped to hit the ground with a successful day on Monday, but felt like you got hit by a truck various times during the day, then a) you weren’t alone, and b) give it time! Continue reading “Unexpected Homeschool Week 1 Check-In”
I often say that books give children the opportunity to practice who they want to be in the world, and today’s recommended series gives them not only numerous opportunities to practice, but also a chance to “live” the effects of their choices! These books are picture book versions of those Choose Your Own Adventure books (which I LOVED as a child), and are also perfect for fostering positive character traits in your children. I’m talking about “The Power to Choose” series by Ganit and Adir Levy, illustrated by Doro Kaiser! And while these do loosely relate to teamwork and cooperation, each book in the series also loosely relates to just about any character trait that you might want to develop in your children. Continue reading “The Power to Choose Series by Ganit and Adir Levy”
Last week, I posted a photo in Instagram stories about our collaborative sewing project as a part of our March Family Focus on teamwork and cooperation. Today, I’ve got details about how we approached this project, and well as photos of the final product! Continue reading “Teamwork and Cooperation Activity: Collaborative Sewing”
Have you heard of the “Unselfish” series by Paul Parkinson and Pamela Parkinson? I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of the first book in the series, Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Selfie until the authors reached out to ask if I’d like to receive a copy of the newest in the series, Unselfish Kids. And while my answer was my standard answer (“I’d love to receive your book, but I can’t promise to feature it until we’ve received it and read it a few times, as I’m committed to only featuring books we truly love.”), I was very excited about this book! And it did not disappoint upon arrival. Read on to see what makes this book uniquely inspiring!
Continue reading “Unselfish Kids by Paul D. Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson”
Okay, I had slated Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms, illustrated by Greg Abbott, to share today a few months ago… But now that most of us are mostly homebound for a while, it seems even more important to share today! Timms and Abbott give us a beautiful reminder to look inside our homes to see exactly what makes them so amazing, a reminder many of us might need over these next few weeks. Read on for a glimpse inside, and then remind yourself, “Whatever your home, it is happy indeed… If you love what you have… and you have what you need.” Continue reading “Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms, illustrated by Greg Abbott”
Are you gearing up for having your kiddos unexpectedly at home for a few weeks? And is that leaving you feeling pretty overwhelmed? Or are you excited about this upcoming experiment? Either way, read on for five tips I’ve got for you on making these most of what’s ahead!
If Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey is my favorite book on our teamwork and cooperation booklist, then That Fruit Is Mine! by Anuska Allepuz comes in a very close second! Brightly illustrated and interspersed with lovely humor, That Fruit Is Mine! gives children very concrete examples of what results from groups that work with teamwork and cooperation for the benefit of the group, and groups that work, well, with their own individual ideas and interests in mind. And, does it get much better than silly illustrations of an elephant trying to fly in a homemade flying machine, or his friend trying to climb a tree? I think not! Continue reading “That Fruit Is Mine! by Anuska Allepuz”
A few weeks ago, I could have told you springtime was fast approaching based not on the calendar or the weather, but on the number of emails and messages I got from followers wanting to know the best at-home programs to use to teach their preschoolers to read. It’s that time of year when we’re all looking ahead to the next school year, a year that seems especially important if next year means kindergarten, as we all want our children to have a positive first school experience. (And for many parents these days, pre-kindergarten, junior kindergarten, or transitional kindergarten also seem monumental, as people believe that is the school year when their children need to start reading so that they are ready for kindergarten…). Who knew that worrying about teaching our children to read was such a seasonal thing for parents?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Anyway, my answer is almost always the same and is super easy to implement… In fact, I’d be willing to bet money that if you’re following me, you’re doing exactly what you need to do already… Continue reading “The Most Important Reading “Teaching” You Can Do With Children at Home”
Okay, all, I may have a new favorite book about cooperation and conflict resolution: Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker, illustrated by Freya Blackwood. This book, published in 2016 (first published in the United States in 2017), was a new-to-me book that I discovered when making our teamwork and cooperation booklist for our March Family Focus. While I generally try to check books out from the library or flip through them at our local bookstore in order to decide if I want to buy it for our home library, I broke my own rule with this one. It looked so good online and wasn’t available for me to see in person anywhere, so I bit the bullet and bought a copy… And I am so glad that we own this one! Read on to see what makes Molly and Mae such a delightful addition to our collection! Continue reading “Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker”