I Love You Already Book Review

A Book review by Emmy I Love You Already Book Review This is Emmy’s book review on the book I Love You Already by Jory John (32 pages, 2015) *Parents note – This book is a great bedtime or nap time book for smaller children and a cute story for children learning to read on their own. This book is a good example of how friends can be very different from one another, as bear and duck are both very different animals, and the perfect example of an extrovert and…

Dinosaurs Before Dark Book Review

A book review by Elijah  This is Elijah’s book review of the book Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne (80 pages, 1992) *Parent’s Note – This is the first book in the series The Magic Tree House and I thought it was a great book for Elijah, in fact Emmy is reading it now. I really appreciated the sister book Dinosaurs even more, as it was quite informative, but in a captivating way and there are several facts, pictures and interesting things along the way. I actually learned a few things from…

Summer Home School

Summer and school can mix Well, Summer is finally here, the weather is perfect and the kids are out of school…well all except mine! Our kids are attending Summer home school…and no it’s not because they were bad or didn’t grasp things during the school year. Much of it (not all) is for purely selfish reasons…let me explain… In previous years we have done a more traditional summer break and found that getting back on schedule was a nightmare (that doesn’t even cover it), and even though I consistently read to…

25 Free Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is here! It’s that time of year again and it seems no matter how much a parent intends on planning for it, summer sneaks up on you. I’m a firm believer in kids keeping themselves somewhat occupied but I like to plan activities or have things to assist in their summer fun, because while I want them to have fun, I want our family on a whole to have a blast too! Here are 25 free Summer activities for kids (or almost free), these are some things that we do…

Pirate vs Pirate Book Review

A book review by Landen This is Landen’s book review of the book Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum (40 pages, 2011) *Parent’s note – My boys really thought this was funny as the pirates go tit for tat, and they boys especially loved the ending (adding plenty of “kissing” noises, lol). My daughter liked it as well but the boys seemed more “into” it, with Landen asking me to read it 3 times in one sitting.

Three Hens and a Peacock Book Review

A book review by Elijah   This is Elijah’s book review of the book Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack (32 pages, 2014) *Parents note – This book is another one of my favorites and was one that Elijah asked to have checked out multiple times, so it was purchased. After better than a year, it is still a book he keeps close to him in his room and is a favorite among the other 2 as well. While I wouldn’t say that this book is trying hard at an underline…

Mother’s Day Flowers

A simple but cute mother’s day idea  The kids and I visit the library, usually on Tuesdays, and with Mother’s Day coming up they had a cute, little craft waiting after story time and the kids were able to make Mother’s Day flowers. We love our library and those in children’s department, they always have things for the children but this one was too cute not to share, and honestly… Dads, husbands, boyfriends…this one is for you! Why you might ask…well any mom would love the thought of her man…

Dogerella Book Review

A Book Review by Emmy This is Emmy’s book review of the book Dogerella by Maribeth Boelts (48 pages, 2008) *Parents note- This book is an example on why it is a great idea to allow children to pick books that suite their liking, as this would not be a book I would have picked, thinking there would be more fluff than value. However, Emmy really enjoyed this book and we kept it for 2 checkout cycles from the library. Books like these keep children interested in reading and after it was said…

Hands on Learning

Earth’s Layers For school recently we have been learning about the Earth’s layers and I thought it would be fun to do some hands on learning along with the reading, so we made mini Earths out of homemade dough. To make the dough you will need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and food coloring in blue, green, red and yellow. Mix the flour, salt and water until you get a dough consistency and then separate into 4 separate pieces. Once that is done,…

Ivan the Terrier Book Review

A book review by Elijah  This is Elijah’s (word by word) book review of the book Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto (32 pages, 2007)  “I like this book because every time they try to tell a story this dog keeps coming and going ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff (laughs). I also like this book because after the 3 pigs and the big bad wolf, an old lady baked the gingerbread boy for her husband and then Ivan scared the pants off the cat (All the kids are laughing). He eats…