Monthly Archives: September, 2012

Erase ABC’s Game

Write letters of the alphabet on a wipe-off board and have your child erase the letters you tell them. Little kids have a hard time writing letters so this is a way to learn the alphabet without the struggle of penmanship. If you don’t have a wipe-off board you can use a mirror or a glass window. Make sure the window is not facing a busy street or people will think your child is very friendly “waving” often. Maybe that’s not a bad thing. Scratch that. Have your child erase letters on a window facing a street. Teaching both ABC’s and how to be polite.

Must Read Monday: Operation World

Operation World is not a children’s book per se, but we read it to our sons. It is a prayer guide to pray for each country in the world. It has a calendar so you know which country to pray for and what their specific prayer needs are. I bought a laminated world map placemat from Wal-Mart and use a dry-erase marker to outline the country we are praying for and draw where we live so they can see how far away a country is. We are learning geography in the process, and notice I said “we.” Mommy needs all the help she can get.

Amazon.com description:

Operation World is the definitive global prayer handbook that will help
focus your heart and life towards God’s passion for His glory. With over 1
million copies of past versions being sold, this all new 7th edition has been
completely updated and revised by Jason Mandryk and covers the entire populated
world. Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes for world
change, a missionary reaping the benefits of intercession or simply curious
about the world, Operation World will give you the information
necessary to be a vital part in fulfilling God’s passion for the nations.

Cloud Dough

Found this awesome recipe for cloud dough by Juggling with Kids. I cut the recipe in half and used 4 cups flour and 1/2 cup of baby oil since my kiddos are younger. I put a table-cloth down on the kitchen floor to catch the mess. Next time I’ll probably have them play with it in the tupperware in a dry bathtub right before bathtime so clean up will be easier. If you have older kids it shouldn’t be a problem. But as you can see young ones think you can sit in cloud dough!

Must Read Monday: One Fine Day

One Fine Day is a great book for early readers. The story builds on the sentences it already used so kids see the same words.

Warning: If your kids are bothered by animal cruelty I do not recommend this book. The fox stole an old woman’s milk so she cut off his tail. He spends the rest of the book trying to get it back. But an important lesson is learned: Steal, and you will lose an appendage.

Amazon.com description:

Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of 1971

“One fine day a fox traveled through the great forest. When he reached the other side he was very thirsty.” The jaunty red fox stole milk from an old farm woman, lost his tail under the annoyed woman’s knife, and spent the day bargaining to get it back. This humorous retelling of a favorite Armenian folktale is a story small children will follow and “read along” with ease.

Indoor Slip ‘N Slide

Indoor Slip ‘N Slide is a fun, and quite dangerous activity to do when you can’t go outside. Fill a bucket with a small amount of water and add a lot of dishsoap to make bubbles, then let your kids dump it on the kitchen floor. I told my kiddos to stay on their knees or hands and knees when on the bubbles. They had a blast. The one time my 3-year-old stood up and walked toward me he ended up on his rear, so just a fractured ego was the only injury we sustained.

Cleaning tip: You pre-wash your clothes and pre-soak your dishes so why not pre-soak your kitchen floor before mopping?

Must Read: Fireboat

Fireboat is a true story about a boat, but more importantly about people who were heroes during September 11th. It is a well-done story surrounding a very tragic event in American history. I don’t normally cry when I read children’s books, but this one made it impossible not to.

Amazon.com description:

The John J. Harvey fireboat was the largest, fastest, shiniest fireboat of its
time, but by 1995, the city didn’t need old fireboats anymore. So the Harvey
retired, until a group of friends decided to save it from the scrap heap. Then,
one sunny September day in 2001, something so horrible happened that the whole
world shook. And a call came from the fire department, asking if the Harvey
could battle the roaring flames. In this inspiring true story, Maira Kalman
brings a New York City icon to life and proves that old heroes never die.

Measuring Cup Math

Measuring Cup Math is a way to teach your child fractions. Start with a disposable plastic cup and mark off  1 cup. You can add 1 cup of liquid to see where to put the line, then empty. Have your child add a 1/4 cup of liquid (water, colored water, etc) into the cup.  Ask them to draw a line and say it is 1/4 of 1 cup of water. Then have them add another 1/4 cup. Have them draw a line. Now tell them it is 1/2 a cup of water. Then add another to make 3/4 cup and the final 1/4 to make 1 cup. They can see the lines they made. Dump it out and have them try different sizes of measuring cups like a 1/2 cup to see what happens when you add 2 of them. Have them add 1/4 cup three times to see that it makes 3/4 cup. After all the fraction practice you could make cookies together and have them use the measuring cups to add ingredients. Because what is the point of learning about fractions unless you use them in everyday life and show your kids that when you know fractions you get cookies.

Must Read Monday: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

For those who don’t know author Mo Willems, you are missing out. His books make real life issues into hilarious children’s books. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is about learning how to say no. Your child knows he is not supposed to drive your car if he is seven years old, but wonder if a neighbor kid comes over and tells him to drive it.

Neighbor kid: I think you should back your mom’s car out of the garage.

Your child (if he hasn’t read the book): Sure, what a great idea.

Now let’s try it after reading the book.

Neighbor kid: I think you should back your mom’s car out of the garage.

Your child: NO!

See the difference? If anything, this book will save your garage door’s life.

 

Amazon.com description:

The Pigeon REALLY wants to drive the bus.
Will you let him?
Finally, a really big book you can say “no” to!