Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Playing Library

Playing Library is a fun way to learn the order of the alphabet. Have kids find books with the next letter and line them up. Variations of this could be finding the author’s name or having children find topics that their siblings or parents ask for.

Field trip: Visit a local library to learn how books are organized.

Beware that once book organization is learned, it might be completely “forgotten” when a child is asked to help put books away.



Must Read Monday: How Rocket Learned to Read

How Rocket Learned to Read is a very cute story about a dog who accidentally became a student. With an enthusiastic teacher (a little yellow bird) who makes reading fun, Rocket just couldn’t stay away from learning. And since a bird taught a dog to read there should be no excuse as to why my child couldn’t learn to read too!

Amazon. com description:

Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring
an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow
along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns
to read all on his own!

With a story that makes reading fun—and will even
help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and
story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad
Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck &
will make this a favorite.

1980 Yummy-Yummy Sandwiches

This awesome cookbook is from my husband’s childhood. He brought money from his piggybank to school when there was a book fair. The copyright is 1980 on this Buddy’s No-Cook Cookbook. I’m going to share his favorite snack that he still eats to this day.

  • Yummy-Yummy Sandwiches
  • 4 heaping TB peanut butter
  • 3 TB of chopped raisins
  • 1 TB of honey
  • 8 slices of whole wheat bread.
  • 1. Mix PB, raisins, and honey.
  • 2. Spread mixture on 4 slices of bread. And top with other slice.
  • 3. Cut into halves.
  • *Makes 4 sandwiches.

Cookbook by Pauline C Peck. Weekly Reader Books.

Counting Cups

Counting Cups is a fun game to teach counting. Number cups as high as you’d like and have your child add toys, raisins, legos, Cheerios, etc. to them. Tip: Don’t use M&M’s, they seem to disappear during the counting process.

Must Read Monday: Scatterbrain Sam

Scatterbrain Sam: The obvious reason I love this book is I’m kindred spirits with Sam. We both get a little mixed up at times. Scatterbrain is the motto I go by, whether I like it or not. This is a very cute book and fun for kids to pick out what it not quite right in the pictures. description:

That Sam! He’s got one heck of a puzzler. Folks are talking about what a scatterbrain he is what with his keeping the cow on the roof, sleeping in his Sunday britches, and eating his soup with a pitchfork. How’s he going to get his brains all gathered together?

He seeks the help of the widder woman to see if she ain’t got a potion that can whip his brains into shape. Turns out she’s brewing a batch of glue stew right then, but Sam’s got to help. In lieu of adding his beloved pets to the ingredients, Sam must solve a few riddles. But his brains are so scattered, it takes one Amazin’ Maisie Mae to help him out – and she’s more than happy to lend Sam her brains.

Read Scatterbrain Sam, adapted from a Welsh folk tale by the clever brain of Ellen Jackson, to find out the exciting, dramatic, and heart-warming culmination of Sam’s quest.

Kick the Fish

Kick the Fish is a modified game that originated in Asia. The original game is called Kick the Bird. The bird is made out of a sock or other material and decorated with feathers. The object of the game is to keep the bird in the air. It is similar to American hacky sack. You can only use your feet or head to hit it. I made the fish out of an old slipper sock. I turned it inside out and filled it with rice (or you could use beans). Then, tied a knot. I cut the end to be more decorative. I used felt and tacky glue to attach the eyes and fins. Sharpie markers filled in the detail. I decided to make a fish instead of a bird for two reasons. First, I felt better about kicking a fish than a bird. Secondly, I didn’t have any feathers.

Must Read Monday: Pajama Time!

Want to read a nice, calm, relaxing book to get your children to settle down before bed? If your answer is yes, then…Do Not read this book. It is such a fun book. Author Sandra Boynton writes words that make you rap/sing along. Yes, I said rap. description:

Boynton is back! Joining Barnyard Dance! and Birthday Monsters!,
here is Pajama Time! a good-night book with the irrepressible language,
the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra
Boynton could create.

A jump-roping chicken and a pig on a swing. A
Scottie in plaid pajamas and an elephant in a fuzzy one-piece with feet. And in
sing-along nuttiness reminiscent of Barnyard Dance!, it’s time to head to
bed-to the beat: Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right. Jamma jamma jamma
jamma P!J! Everybody’s wearing them for dancing tonight. Jamma jamma jamma jamma

Easiest Homemade Gift Ever.

 Go to a store that sells paint. Get paint swatches. Decorate with sharpie markers. Done.

Kids love giving homemade gifts to people. It makes them feel special. And it makes you feel special that  you didn’t have to spend a cent.

Chores: Do I Have To?

Chores is a word that generally doesn’t leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling. When spoken of we instantly regress to toddlerhood and pout and whine, “Do I have to?” For us, as adults, we have to do certain chores because they are a part of life, but little ones LOVE to help out. Most of the time we don’t let them because it is more work for them to “help.” I encourage you to let your children join in on the chores. Let them help with the cleaning, baking, taking out the trash, laundry, shopping, paying bills…okay maybe not paying bills. When I’ve let my son help me bake, yes, most of it ends up on the countertop or floor, but he is learning how to cook. And I have already found great favor with his future wife by teaching him this skill!

Must Read Monday: Stargirl

If you have a daughter she needs to read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. If you have a son he might protest reading it, but he needs to read it too. I read it aloud to my son when he was 9 months old so he didn’t fight it too much. This story spans the ages. It makes you soul-search and re-evaluate your life. Who are you trying to please? Whose acceptance are you trying to win? This book is meant for kids, but I loved it.

Amazon Book description: Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and
sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures
Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution
with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that
makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to
become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of
nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale
about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.