Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Must Read Monday: Doodling Dragons

Doodling Dragons is my new favorite book. I’m beginning the process of teaching my 3.5-year-old to read by simply reading to him because that is step 1. This book is written by Denise Eide who developed The Logic of English curriculum that parents and schools use. It teaches reading/spelling by learning how to sound words out, not by memorizing them. This is very important to me because I learned to read by memorizing. Now as an adult I still struggle with reading and spelling. It doesn’t help that I’m dsylxeic (yes, I meant to spell that wrong on purpose) as well. So I want the best start for my sons to learn to read the right way. This book is one of those books that helps that. Couldn’t be happier that I get to learn to read along with them. 🙂

Doodling Dragons: An ABC Book of Sounds

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Mattress Slide

Mattress Slide is an activity that my 3-year-old came up with.

We lay his twin mattress on top of the recliner in his room. We have also used an inflatable mattress and leaned it against a couch.

Don’t forget the pile of soft blankets at the bottom or it isn’t quite so much fun.

Must Read Monday: But No Elephants

But No Elephants is another one of my childhood favorites. A little old lady lives all by herself until one day when an animal salesman sells her a little bird. The bird sings while she cooks. Then he sells her a beaver who helps her cut wood for the fire. The salesman continues to come back and every time she reminds him “but no elephants.” This is a very cute story!

Also a good time to teach your children about saying NO! to salesmen that come to your door.

Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets are a fun winter activity. It gets darker sooner so it is a perfect time of year for it. Make sure it is really dark in the room and shine a flashlight or set-up a lamp to shine at a wall. You could hang a white bed sheet if you need too.

The picture to the left is my Doberman shadow puppet.

The picture to the right was taken out of a 1970’s children’s activity book called: Rainy Day Pastimes 215 Ideas to Keep Children Happy.

Let me know if you come up with any other shadow puppet.

Must Read Monday: Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain is a great book for kids that are starting to read by themselves. It includes repetition and rhyming which can build confidence. This is a Reading Rainbow book so you know it is good. LeVar Burton knew what he was doing!

Mr. Funny Felt Face

Mr. Funny Felt Face is a fantastically fun way to for little ones to figure out parts of their face. 🙂

I cut out felt and as I lay it down I would touch the corresponding body part. I’d say “eye” and then touch his eye. Okay, maybe it was more his eyelid that I touched than eye.

I love how he put Mr. Funny Face together. Future Picasso?

Must Read Monday’s Awesome Christmas Present Idea

Most kids like to read about animals, heroes, princesses, or dinosaurs.

ALL kids love to read about themselves.

I made a Wal-Mart photo book last year for my son. It included pictures of him doing his favorite things, then I wrote captions. It’s great for families to remember what a child’s favorite things were at a certain age too.

Just be prepared to read this book over and over and over and over….