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Holiday Memories With Your Kids

Babies First Christmas
Christmas is right around the corner and I am so excited. My kids are just can’t wait for it to get here. We actually put up our Christmas tree on Sunday and the kids had such a fun time decorating it.
How is your Christmas preparations going so far..?? Well I hope that everything is turning out ok for you guys as well.
I came across these great holiday books for the kids on my  Usborne Books website and I just wanted to share them with you guys. These are really great books for the kids to get them into the holiday spirit and to help make some great memories for your and your little ones this year.
I have a lot of wonderful memories of singing christmas carols and making beautiful decorations with my kids, this is just a wonderful time of year. Well I hope you all will be able to make great memories with your little ones as well. 
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What do you do with your little ones to make holiday memories ….?? I would love to know, please leave a comment bellow and share with us.
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Last Chance To Get This Sale

Last Chance to Grab This Great Deal

Starting at midnight Thursday and running through Monday at midnight, Usborne Books & More is  offering a selection of titles with discounts of up to 60%!!

You guys still have till midnight tonight to grab some of these great titles for your little ones. There are a great selection of books and the prices are really awesome. I picked up some of these over the weekend and I’m so happy that I did. I love a good deal.

Here are some of the titles that you can get :

 

Which Ones would you guys like to pick up for your little ones…??

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…????

Literacy Tip : Reading aloud to your Child

“Reading aloud and talking about what we’re reading sharpens children’s brains. It helps develop their ability to concentrate at length, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves more easily and clearly.” – Mem Fox
I know personally that reading aloud does help your children build their vocabulary and also their reading skills. Reading for 20 minutes a day is all it takes to really build a strong bond with your child and help them to foster a love of reading.

 

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

 

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope that everyone is doing well today, I know that it is probably a busy week for a lot of people because school has already started in some areas.

Well I wanted to just share some advice on Bullying for those of you that have school aged children. A few years ago my son was in first grade and he really like going to school until one day a boy that was a year older than him started to pick on him. My son was terrified, he was picked on every time he went on the playground, or on the bus, even after school. The bully would call him names, laugh at him, and push him around. My son’s father and I spoke to the teachers and even the principal yet the bullying did not stop. My son would cry because he did not want to go to school, he hated the thought of school, and that was just the most heartbreaking thing to see as a parent. You feel so helpless, but we consistently had talks to our son and encouraged him to stand up for himself, to be strong, bold and not to be afraid because everyone should be treated equally and not be bullied by someone else.

Bullying is very hard on children, it breaks their self-esteem, crushes their hopes and makes them feel shunned from the rest of the world. As parents/adults/friends or just anyone in society it is our duty to be spokesmen & women against bullying. We need to be there and raise the awareness of what bullying can do to children and how we can prevent and stop it from happening. I think  that if more people spoke out against bullying and punishments were put in place for bullies it could drastically lower the number of incidents. Countless children have commited suicide because they were being bullied, and that is unacceptable.

“I am Jack” is a children’s book written by author Susanne Gervay, the book is basically about a boy named Jack who loves going to school until another kid starts calling him “butthead” and then the other kids start calling him that too. It takes you through the life of a child being bullied and how he deals with it and overcomes it. I think that this book will definitely help children understand what bullying is and how to overcome it/deal with it/ and help others who are dealing with being bullied.

I wish I had this book a few years ago to read to my child, but I have it now to read to my youngest child and my niece. Every parent, teacher and student should read this book. It should be read together and discussed. It is so simple and yet so common.

***If you or someone you know has a child that is dealing with this issue you can visit this WEBSITE  http://s3753.myubam.com/p/1593/i-am-jack  to purchase this book. It will make a big difference in a child’s life.

***If you or someone you know needs help or advice on bullying you can visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/?gclid=CNnmjviOjbICFcXb4AodsE0ApQ . This is a website commited to raising awareness about bullying and helping children and teens stand up and stop it.

Your Kindergartener & Reading

By the end of kindergarten, most children can recognize and write upper and lower case letters. Most kindergartners can read some words and simple books. Kindergartners learn that writing goes from left to right. Kindergartners can understand more than just the plot of a story

Encouraging Your Kindergartner

  • Let your child read the words and offer help only when it’s needed
  • Let your child “share” the reading with you
  • Keep reading sessions short
  • Encourage your child to track the print with a finger, pointing to each word as she/he says it.
  • Don’t limit reading to just books

Reading can be made a part of your childs life by encouraging them to read at any point in the day example: at the grocery store they can help find items on the grocery list, while in the car they can read the street signs as they go by. If you are out shopping they can help you read the isle names and clothing racks. Learning to read  should always be encouraged and nurtured by you. Be an example to your child and always remember to get appropriate age leveled reading for your you young one.

Here is a list of Kindergarten age appropriate books that will definitely help your young one grow in their reading.

http://myubam.com/p/504/fox-on-a-box

http://myubam.com/p/505/goose-on-the-loose

http://myubam.com/p/404/frog-on-a-log-rev

All of the above books were Created in consultation with a language expert, this book is part of an engaging new phonics-based series, especially written to help your child learn to read.  Not only is the story great fun, it also takes into account recent research on the most effective ways of teaching reading.  Stephen Cartwright’s delightful illustrations complement the text and are designed to stimulate further interest.  Fold out pages add to the enjoyment.