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Literacy Tip Of The Week

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Hi everyone, how is everyone’s week turning out so far..? Well hope you guys are staying warm here on the east coast because it has been a cold week, thanks to the Nor’easter that took place yesterday.
Now I love reading to my kids, I actually read to them every night before they go to sleep. They just love it and so do I, because it gives us time to bond and hang out. Plus they love hearing new stories about life, the bible, fairy tales and what ever else I read to them.
My Literacy tip comes from doing  just that. You see a lot of people think that you should only read to kids when they are babies or up till they learn to read themselves. The truth is that children should be read to even when they can read for themselves.
As kids become better readers, continue reading aloud to them – only choose more difficult books to help your child learn new vocabulary words, concepts, and ways of telling stories. It works the same way it did when they were little, it really helps to open up their world to build upon what they already know. It also helps bring a parent and child together with the extra time and conversation that takes place.
The best memories I have of my mother when I was a child is of her reading really great books to me and my sisters at bedtime. I grew to love books and my imagination was just filled with wonderful things, plus it made me really happy to be able to spend time with my mom.
What kind of books do your child/children like to have read to them…????

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

 

Good morning everyone, I am so grateful that Hurricane Sandy has finally passed over  and is gone. It has been a very frightening time not only for me and my family but also for everyone living on the east coast. My home was without electricity for 24 hours, and I am very thankful that our power came back on last night. My children were really great through this whole experience and I am so thankful that they were not too scared about what was going on and that we were able to stay with my sister and her family and just make it through this experience.

So many people have been affected by the harsh and terrifying storm that swept over us over the past few days. My prayers go out to the families who lost their loved ones during the hurricane and also to those who lost their homes.

This is definitely a time for everyone to come together, pray and help out as much as possible in any way that they can because so many people have lost so much during these past few days.

 

 

All Pictures I found on The Huffington Post.

**For those living on the east coast that need assistance in any way you can follow the link below get disaster assistance for your home, business, or family http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

**The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.

**Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.

**AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org.

**World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.

**Save the Children is also working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.

Please share this Post with others so that they too can spread the word to help those people and families that have been affected by the hurricane.

 

Pull-back Busy Train Book

Busy Train

Hi everyone, how is your week turning out so far? Well I hope that it is turning out to be a great week for everyone. I have been a bit under the weather lately but I still wanted to share my book of the week  with you  all.

Pull-back Busy Train Book is just such a cute interactive book written by author Fiona Watt  from Usborne Books. I had to share this book with you  guys.

This is an awesome book for little ones who love trains. Children will love to watch the train as it whizzes around the tracks in this delightful interactive book. There are colorful scenes with embedded tracks provide lots to see and talk about as the train begins its busy morning at the station, before zooming though tunnels, out into the countryside and over a viaduct before reaching its destination. It is definitely a wonderful gift to be shared together again and again, perfect for young train lovers.

This book is for any child 3 years and up, there are 10 pages of pure enjoyment for your little one.

 

 

 

How To Get Your Child To Like School.

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Good morning everyone, how is this beautiful day treating you so far? I hope that everyone is doing ok. Well today it’s no school for my kids as it is I think a Jewish Holiday so all public schools in NYC are closed.

I just wanted to do a short to give a little advice to any parent that is having some trouble with their little one going not wanting to go to school. Now this can either be a pre-schooler, a third grader, or any grade in between or above. I know that some days it may seem really terrifying when you’re dropping your kids off at school and they are crying, screaming, or latching on to you for dear life because they do not want you to leave. It really just breaks your heart, but then sometimes it can be very frustrating to the parent.

You see I have two young boys, one is in kindergarten and the other is in third grade. Now let me tell you that the first week of school was the worst when it came to dropping them off. My kindergartener cried for an hour the first day, so I basically sat in the class room on the floor next to him trying to get him to stop crying so that he could enjoy his first day of school. I am pretty sure that the only reason I didn’t take him back home with me was because his teacher was very comforting and let me know that he would be ok if I left. She also took him and reassured him that I would be back to pick him up very soon.

Now my third grader had days when he would just break down in tears to a point where he broke out in a fever for a few days because he didn’t want to go to school. I completely understood why he was so unhappy about going to school, seeing that he was just transferred and it was a completely now school to him. New teachers, new classmates, no friends yet, it was very daunting for him and he was not afraid to let me know. I was just stomped at what to do to help my two boys feel comfortable leaving me and going to school, and actually liking it.

What did I do you ask???

Well I realized that I needed to do a lot more communicating with my kids, so I came up with a little strategy:

1. I started talking to them the night before school about how nice their teacher was, how awesome their classroom looked and how many cool things they are going to learn at their new school.

2. I let them know what time we would be leaving for school each day and what time I  would be at the door of their classroom to pick them up.

3. I reassured them that it would only be a few hours of school and then I would be right there to bring them home.

4. I also would let them know what we would do when we got home, like play with their favorite toy as soon as we got home, or I would let them know which of their favorite books I was going to read to them at bed time. If I was taking them to the park after school, I would let them know that as well so that they have something to look forward to keep their minds off of being sad.

5. I would repeat steps 1-4 in the morning while we are on our way to school. This just adds double comfort and by consistently reassuring them of what to expect and how great things are going to be in school and after school, after a while they know what to expect and school doesn’t seem like such a big and scary place far away from mommy/daddy anymore.

I have been doing this with my kids for the past two weeks, and though at first it may seem like a lot, if you stick to it you will see great results. My kids love going to school right now  and It is just such a joy to know that they are happy and that we have a good line of communication going.

I hope that this post can be of some help to any parent who are having the same issue I had. Let me know if you are having this problem and how you are handling it..???

 

Drawing, Doodling and Coloring Fashion

Happy Monday everyone, I hope that you all had a great weekend and are having a good start to this beautiful Monday. I just love all of the new titles that comes out each month from Usborne Books & More, this week they have an absolutely wonderful book out that will definitely thrill your little fashionista.

The book is entitled Drawing, Doodling and Coloring Fashion.  The Stylish pictures invite your little one to  decorate dresses, design fashion items, doodle hairstyles, color in fabric designs and much more.

  • Features page after page of craft-quality paper just waiting to be filled with creative designs, with tips and suggestions for inspiration.
  • Perfect for doodling whenever the mood strikes.

This is such a cute idea that girls would just love spending time doodling, so if you want a way to encourage their creative side I think that this is a very good choice for them. The book comes in a hard back copy so it is well protected.

I hope that you all enjoy my book of the week and I hope that some of you will check it out. You can follow the link here to check out the book http://s3753.myubam.com/p/1787/drawingdoodling-and-coloring-fashion

 

Literacy Tip Of The Week

Hi everyone, how is your Thursday going so far ?? Well its kind of gloomy here in Brooklyn, but I’m making the best of it. Today I thought that I would share another literacy tip with you all. I’m sure that your little ones are back in school and learning tons of great new things at that. I think that to help them grow in life we should always encourage them to read.
TIP:
Enourage your kids to read…remember the three B’s: Place a box of books where your child eats Breakfast, one in the Bathroom, and one by their Bed. – The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease