True encouragement is not fake flattery, but acknowledging the intentions and potential inside an individual... 💛
So thankful I have nieces that adore reading. ❤️📚 when they’re around I get to enjoy listening and watching memories being made. Sometimes it’s fun to be a participant instead of always being the teacher. Truck and ride along on our December book list from #readaloudrevival
. I adore how quality these books are and how little effort I had to put in to find them. Thanks @readaloudrevival
for providing such amazing (and free) resources! Also your books Teaching from rest, and The read aloud family are life givers!
#wildandfree #wadsworthhs #readaloudfamily
This sweet little girl reminded me why I love cloth diapers today. Gave her a bath. Smelled so sweet. Went to go get milk. She pooped in car seat. Major blow out. Up her back and put her legs. Yeap. And got it on me while changing her. Luckily I’m a veteran mom and had extra clothes for us both. But not for the five year old who got sick right as we pulled into the parking lot. Yeap. Fun day today. Pass the chocolates.
Day 12: THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.
Danny thought I should have done this later, but I thought it was perfect for day twelve! This song has held a special place in my heart ever since @settevendemio
and I choreographed a dorky dance to it when we were working at Dunkin’ Donuts.
We read this last night and Rosemary has requested it several times since. The art is so playful and there are shiny accents in each page.
A new classic I’d say!
#nivdertagholidaybookaday2018 #kereadsandreads #holidaybookaday #holidaybooks #bookadvent
“A forest of Christmas trees stretching over the hills. That’s where our story begins.” A little forlorn fir tree, robbed of the chance to grow and thrive as a seedling, is transported with fellow trees to the city to be put up for sale. Not surprisingly, no one gives this little fir tree a second glance. On the brink of being discarded, the fir tree ends up being adopted by a boy and both their warmth and presence bring the community together in a memorable way. A few days later, dried and brittle, while the little tree sits and waits to be tossed out with the other Christmas trees, a street sweeper comes along. His clever deed gives the little fir tree a new life. Don’t miss this heartwarming and affecting Christmas tale.
The Christmas Eve Tree was written by Delia Huddy, illustrated by Emily Sutton and published by Candlewick Press (@candlewickpress
Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols, 2016.
These sweet sisters are getting ready for Christmas, which is hard work, but they don't mind. They pick out the perfect Christmas tree and bring it home. But Maple is allergic, so out the tree goes. Willow isn't very happy about losing the tree, but then she surprises her sister with something special that they can both enjoy.
Writing to our pen pals :)
Respect all and you will earn all the respect back!
Patiently waiting for the fruit of her labor!
We have finally been able to wrap this book up and let me tell you what a treat it is to complete a book together as a family! Everytime, it's a sense of wonder and accomplishment. Discussing our different points of views, our favorite characters, and what part jumped out most. It was not something I had the luxury of growing up. I always dreamed of having a mother that read to her children, doing all the voices, flickering the light on and off for effect, asking questions about what the story was doing to us on the inside. Well, I get to be that mama. Praise be to God for these babies He entrusted to me.
#homeschooling #wildandfree #wildandfreechildren #wildandfreekids #wildandfree #letthekids #letthembelittle #homeschoolingbyheart #charlottemasonmethod
We are getting close to Christmas!! Need some book suggestions for the preteens you know? Here are some of my favorites! Several of these series I’ve been giving to my nephews (ages 10 and 9) as birthday and Christmas gifts. (Plus all of these YA series are interesting to adults as well.)
The Chronicles of Narnia can’t be recommended enough! I love these books myself, and I love introducing others to these books. (The Horse and His Boy is my favorite Narnia book...but if you haven’t read the series, don’t start with that one! Make sure you start with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.)
100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson. This is a fun fantasy book (although probably not for sensitive readers as it is a bit creepy). It’s a great story about a boy named Henry who travels between worlds though the cupboards hidden in his bedroom. He learns about courage and valor...even when it’s difficult. .
The Knights of Arrethtrae series by Chuck Black. I love these books! A Christian allegory with a Medieval feel. Lots of bravery, fighting for good, doing what’s right in the face of certain death, and fantastical creatures. One of my favorite parts of this series is that one of the six books is about a female knight named Lady Carliss. I enjoyed reading about a woman who fought when needed in order to serve the Prince. The first book in this series is called Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione. .
The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. Another fun fantasy series that again highlights familial love, responsibility and duty, courage and valor. I’ve only read the first two books, but they are quite the adventure story. .
What are some other books/series you’d recommend for preteen or early teen readers?
We were so excited to receive an advanced copy of M. J. Thomas’s newest The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls book! This one is book number five ~ The Shepherd’s Stone, and it looks *amazing*!! We get to meet David and experience his battle with Goliath in this one!
This series is so wonderful and full of adventures... I value books like these that transport us back to important times in Bible history. Our family definitely recommends it!🤓❤️
This book has now been released! Check out @themikejthomas
for more details 😉
I guess this applies equally to my other “selves” ... 🤔
Cade And I loved reading How Santa Got His Job. Santa had quiet the resume before becoming Santa!! Great read this season. 🎅💖
✨TAG TO WIN✨
The first batch of Greece letters are going out today. I want everyone to receive them around the same time this month to share in the holiday magic! .
📷: Tag us in a photo once you receive your December letter for a chance to win a surprise personalized treasure from Louise in January! ✨
We've been fans of Opal Wheeler's books since the beginning of our homeschool journey. This summer, I was so thrilled to find an original 1943 copy (in excellent condition) of her Sing for Christmas book for just $3. It includes classic Christmas carols, illustrated, with the story behind many of the songs. It's a great resource for music study at Christmas time.
I thought y’all might enjoy some more pictures of the kinds of goodies @literaseeds
includes in their box! My favorite part are the beautifully designed cards encouraging us to read with our kids. 📚💕 Learn more about Literaseeds at my affiliate link in profile or http://literaseeds.com?ref=2
#bookbox #booksforkdis #readaloud #readaloudrevival #kidlit
🎶 it’s beginning to look a lot like... I’m going to Texas in February! 😍 #wildandfreefrisco
Just a sweet girl coloring in a coloring book of one of her favorite books.
No Water No Bread by Luis Amavisca, 2017.
The words and story are simple, but the message is incredibly powerful. Groups are divided by barbed wire - one side has food, one side has water, one side has nothing. None of the adults will share with their neighbors, but the children ask "why are our parents like this?" as they share through the fence.
If you want to win your teen, you need to give them time to talk to you. - Sally Clarkson
We had a summer of four teenagers this year. Get ready for late nights and lots of conversation! 😴😍 Teens are the best!😎🙌💕 (And if you'd like a copy of the eBook, feel free to click the link in my profile and subscribe) ☝️📘
Question Time: Which book will you forever associate with your children's babyhood? .
"Peepo" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg will always bring us straight back to bedtime, reading in the rocking chair, with our babies. The gentle, rhyming text always calmed us all at the end of the day. I loved that I could lean my head back and "read" it with my eyes closed. As the girls grew they became more and more interested in the detailed pictures and the peekaboo cut outs on each page. I love that it has words like "knickers" and "pushchair". This treasure has been tucked away with a few other keepsakes for quite some time but when Miss 8 saw it she said "Mommy, we can't pass that on...I'm going to read that to my babies!". I love that books can bring you back to an exact point in time, just like songs. .
#boardbook #babybook #janetandallanahlberg #childrensbook #bookreviews #kidlitpicks_rhymingreads @kidlitpicks @puffinbooksusa
An absolute favorite winter read ♥️♥️
What’s in the photo:
◽️Mitten printout from @simplylearning
(Letter M Unit)
◽️Animal Track cards from @growingbrave
◽️Woodland Animal Footprint Stones (linked in profile)
◽️Forest Animal Cards from @the_little_oak_learning
My guys are really enjoying “The Berlin Candy Bomber” by Gail S. Halvorsen. It’s a beautiful read this time of year, and packed full of history.
It’s taking longer than expected to read because when your a fun-schooler, and read about airplanes, you get lost researching them and time flys!
Reading to my children has always been a favorite part of our day, for me, and as they grow that time becomes more precious and valued. The excitement of reading to them hasn’t disappeared with age, but has grown, adding discussion and richness with books we can all thoroughly enjoy and learn and grow together with. 🍫🍬🍭🍫🍬🍭🍫🍬🍭🍫🍬🍭🍫🍬🍭🍫🍬🍭🍫🍬🍭🍫🍬🍭 #funschool #funschooling #unschool #homeschool #homeschoolmom #readaloudrevival #family #education #reafing #history #livingbooks #outofthebox
Is there anything better than that first snowfall of the year? FIRST SNOW uses flowing rhymes and sweet illustrations to capture the joy of playing in the snow.
Readers will follow along as a group of diverse children run to peek out the window to catch their first glimpse of snow, then bundle up to play outside with friends sledding, building snowmen, and catching snowflakes on their tongues.
This adorable new book is a perfect winter read aloud for young children!
What’s your favorite winter activity? I love skiing, but my absolute favorite thing to do when it is cold outside is curl up in front of a fire with my little ones and read a good book!
Don’t miss FIRST SNOW by Nancy Viau @nancyviau1
; pictures by Talitha Shipman @talithashipmanillustration
; published by Albert Whitman & Company @albertwhitman
Note: A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Who is a fan of audio books?? I honestly never listened to them much as an adult because I love to hold and turn the pages of a book. But, we do a lot of traveling and I’ve started playing them in the car for the kids and it’s been a huge hit! It helps cut down on any screen time Jackson might want (read expect) while we are driving. We’re heading north this weekend and I just downloaded this version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Read by Meryl Streep. It’s on sale right now if you’d like to add it to your audio book library!
#readaloudrevival #audiobooks #lessscreentime
This is something I don’t see everyday - an apple that actually proves it grew on a tree! In this day and age our connection to nature can be a little warped - especially in the eyes of our children.
Below are some examples of how to make the experience of finding a leafed apple a vocabulary and oral language booster…..
🍎Show your child the apple and discuss the leaf you have discovered
🍎Does your child know that apples grow on trees?
🍎Does your child know why the leaf is stuck to the stalk?
🍎Is the concept of a farm and its produce familiar to your child?
🍎How do the apples get to the farm to the grocery store?
🍎Discuss the parts of the apple; stalk, flesh, skin, seeds & core
🍎 Have a look in your fruit bowl and compare the leafed apple with apples that don’t have a leaf, pose reasons why the apples are different
🍎Discuss the different coloured apples you see at the grocery store and describe their differences
Follow these conversations with books that explore food and where it comes from. One of my favourites is the ABC kids book titled; The ABC Kids Book of Food @harpercollinsaustralia
There is an entire series and I will be posting about how these books can assist emergent literacy in the new year.
#fruit #childrensbooks #readaloudrevival #readtoyourkids #education #educationmatters #abckids #harpercollinsaustralia
#fruitoftheday #prek #homeschooling #teachers #vocabulary #readingtime #booksbooksbooks #kidsbooks #kidsreading #readingmatters #kidlit #mums #moms #momhack #dad #fathers #grandparents
Sterling, Best Dog Ever by Aidan Cassie, 2018.
Sterling will do, or be, anything if he thinks it'll help him be loved by his new family. He starts as a fork, then he thinks the family doesn't need forks because they eat a meal without utensils, so he tries to be other things. Finally he realizes that all he needs to be is himself and the family will still love him.
No such thing as too many books!
Drop an ❤️ emoji if you agree.
Well it’s not a matter of opinion; research backs this up!
Based on a survey of 44,097 children aged 8-18 in the UK, the recently released National Literacy Trust’s Book ownership, literacy engagement and mental wellbeing reported the more books a child owns, the more likely they are to do well at school and be happy with their lives. 📚 Children who have 60 or more books at home are 5.5 times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than their peers who have fewer than 10 books 📚 Children who read above the level expected for their age have twice as many books as those who read below the expected level 📚 Children who have a book of their own at home have higher levels of mental wellbeing than those who don’t have any books
And there it is. 😍 A new-to-me My Book House set in all its rainbow glory, ready to fill morning times, tea times, and my daughters’ independent reading times with beauty and rich ideas for years to come. 🤗📚🏠 .
This blog post by @hspambarnhill
explains why My Book House is unique and ideas for using the books in your homeschool: https://pambarnhill.com/my-book-house-for-homeschool/ (link in profile)📚
I am discovering these treasures right alongside my children. You?? How do use the series? 💛
You know you are a homeschool mama when... you ask for a My Book House set off Etsy for your own birthday so that you can read them aloud to your children! 🙋🏻♀️👩🏻🏫 My Mom gifted the books to me last month, a book lover herself, so she was happy to buy without question — except to satisfy her curiosity because she hadn’t heard of these when homeschooling me.📚
#mybookhouse #livingbooks #readaloudrevival #yourmorningbasket #hsplanyouryear #charlottemasoneducation #classicaleducation #poetryteatime
📚We haven't checked out any Patricia Polacco books in a while so the other day while at the library I added 4 to our pile to check out.
📚An A From Miss Keller is one about a childhood teacher of Patricia Polocco's. This teacher encouraged her in writing and of course there was a side story of another important adult in her life at that time. Such a great story!
📚Of the other teacher books we've read The Art of Miss Chew, Thank you Mr Faulkner, and Junkyard Wonders... one of my faves!
📚I love all of Patricia Polocco's books! Even when they make me tear up and cry. My daughter said "oh this is the author where you always cry when you read her books" when she saw I put a few in the checkout pile. She knows me so well. 😅
Another one we read tonight was Chicken Sunday. Love how the children wanted to do something nice for Miss Eula and how that all played out.
📚And I must mention my all time favorite is An Orange for Frankie which is a perfect read for this time of year. So beautifully written. And I love her style of illustrations too. 📚Do you have a favorite Patricia Polocco book?
#patriciapolacco #picturebooks #homeschoollife #readaloud #readaloudrevival #familytime
Now that #bbwkl2018
is halfway through, don't forget to drop by (or conveniently browse through photos of children books available by PS of your choice, like I do😁) and get your read aloud material stocked up, they do have nice collection for the bubs😉
Read aloud with your children is important, but don't forget that the material read is also important. Baby and toddler absorb most of the things exposed to them - so if you want to instil virtues, moral and ethics, as well as creed and belief - reading stories related to such concept is highly beneficial.
Check our list of books too for some inspirational titles😉❤ #readaloudwithsophiaslittlelibrary #bbwkl #readaloudrevival #malaysiamembaca
・・・ Read Baby, Every Day reinforces the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations to begin daily reading with children at birth, to promote bonding, language, attention, and other aspects of development. #readaloud15
All strength and courage is built upon a foundation of love and acceptance. .
Emotional safety & empathy within close relationships often get overlooked in their deep importance.
If you are providing this for any ONE individual, you are significantly impacting their world... 💛
It’s Pete the Cat's Grooviest Time of the Year! Focusing on the important message of giving, empathy, and community involvement, Pete the Cat will encourage all groovy families to join in the spirit of giving this holiday season. We’re spending now until Christmas thinking about how we can give back to our community in ways both big and small. On that note, we’re giving away a copy of PETE THE CAT’S 12 GROOVY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. To enter, comment with a way you’re giving back this holiday season, and use #GivingisGroovy
#giveaway #bookstagram #kidsbookstagram #readaloudrevival #books #kidsbooks #bibiliophile #booklover #shelfie #christmas
Day 11: THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CATS.
Rosemary was THRILLED with this one. We read it at bedtime last night. I picked it because Rosemary loves cats and my Mom loved cats.
Me? I mean I like them but I wouldn’t say love. I really like other people’s cats, but have no desire to have one of my own. Same goes for dogs by the way.
But anytime I see a cat book it makes me think of my Mom so I get it. The illustrations are beautifully detailed and the language is good for singing!
#nivdertagholidaybookaday2018 #kereadsandreads #holidaybookaday #holidaybooks #bookadvent
reading beatrix potter’s tales before bedtime 📚 🐁🐇. this is how we usually end our day: dimmed lights, a good book and sometimes an 🍎 for dessert. why not? 😊
lendo contos de beatrix potter antes de dormir 📚🐁🐇. é assim que geralmente concluímos o dia: luzes baixas, um bom livro e às vezes uma 🍎 de sobremesa, por que não? 😊
para quem não conhece, potter é a ilustradora e criadora do personagem “peter rabbit”, ela escreveu centenas de outros contos que são encantadores ♥️. as leituras são curtinhas e ricas em linguagem culta do inglês britânico. bom para quem também ensina inglês em casa e deseja enriquecer o vocabulário das crianças 😉
seguimos conectando e plantando sementinhas 🌱 de apreciação pela leitura. coincidentemente escolhemos a leitura de uma autora que também foi educada em casa por toda a sua vida, que incrível ter em mãos o resultado da criatividade de beatrix e poder dar ao levi a mesma chance de ter uma imaginação livre e espaço pra criar ☺️
#educacaodomiciliar #educaçãodomiciliar #homeschool #beatrixpotter #readoutloud #leituraemvozalta