Going out to eat with two young kids is such a chore. It’s messy, chaotic, and sometimes, even though it’s crazy, you’d rather do that then cook dinner. We really try to limit how often we eat out in order to save money and our sanity. But Friday night, we decided to go out with the kids. And you know what? It wasn’t so bad! My son was adamant about bringing three books with us to dinner which kept him calm during our wait. And my daughter was engrossed in a wipe-clean book. It was a mild win but I will take it!! #booklovers#reading#readwithme#raisingreaders#childrensbooks#kidlit#momlife#reading#reallife#bookskeepthemcalm
One of my favorite views ever is my kiddos picking out amazing books from their shelves. Watching them peruse over the books before landing on the PERFECT one (or ones 😅)! It’s always so interesting to see what they grab for each day - sometimes they’ll go on a streak of picking the same ones a few days in a row (which is a big YAY because it helps them memorize the storyline and build that word recognition) and other times they grab different ones each day (another YAY because it just opens up the door for new conversations and adventures)! I encourage you to have a spot for your children to explore their books freely - without too many distractions! And then just sit back with your morning coffee and watch them. I promise you you’ll learn something from them. ❤️
Remember that time I was silly enough to say "Let's just swing in, they shouldn't be THAT busy..."? 🙈 We did get in pretty quickly, but I think it was about six hours in toddler/preschooler time. Then of course there's the wait after you order for the food to arrive when your little brother inhales all the dinner rolls. 🐷 This little book was such a lifesaver with me not bringing an activity bag with my current lift/carry limitations from the surgery - bunches of stickers for her and just sparkly enough to keep him entertained as well! 🦄
If you homeschool your kids, there will be gaps in their education. Gasp! It’s so true! It can’t be prevented.
I know this is a fear of many homeschooling parents. I worry about this all too frequently. However, everyone has some gaps in their education no matter where they were educated.
Your kids can’t know all. the. things. Deep breath. It will be ok. But you can combat this fear by raising readers. Because readers turn in to lifelong learners. And any gaps in their education can be filled with the knowledge found in books.
So, in my quest to raise kids who love to read, I fill my house with books of every genre. And I even let them read books that aren’t anywhere close to literature. I want them to crave reading time.
If you’re also on a quest to raise bookworms, here’s a fun book list of some favorite series of my 7th grader. She devoured all of these books in her free reading time during this past school year. I hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine have! You can find the link to the list in my bio.
I’m still in Colorado but my daughter pulled this 1970 non-fiction account of the lunar landing by Bill Martin Jr. off the kids’ shelf, snapped a picture to send me for #moonlandingday AND read it to the kids for since I wasn’t home.
This is from a really interesting series of books called Bill Martin Instant Readers that my mom found when a school discarded them. I don’t have them all but collect them when I do find them - that can be a post for another day.
I found a blog that has this book uploaded via photographs if you’re interested in reading it. I know the link won’t work, but here’s the full address: http://dreamsofspace.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-eagle-has-landed-1970.html?m=1 .John Sisson has some other fun books and memorabilia on the site as well. Enjoy!
1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
🌑 celebrating the 50th anniversary of man on the moon with some read aloud, but remembering the creator of all things 🙌🏼🌎 #toledoshomeschool#thecreaterofallthings#ourlordthecreaterofthings#moonlanding50thanniversary#themoon#astronauts#homeschoolfamily#raisingreaders
The heat must be getting to me because I've decided to have an end of summer FLASH SALE! All books will be either $5 or $10! This sale will only last 3 DAYS so you won't want to miss out! On July 23rd I'll start posting the books that are on sale (there will hundreds for all ages) and you will have until July 25th at midnight to claim them. There is no limit to how many you order and multiple people can order the same book, there is enough to go around!
The link is in my profile to join! If you don’t have facebook, but want to participate just send me a DM with a list of books that you want (also linked in my profile) and I’ll let you know which ones qualify for this deal! Hint: it’s probably all of them 😳
It’s a milestone! I’m used to my 9yo always asking to finish her page before we get out of the car. But we got to our destination, and for the first time my 5yo said, “I just need to read one more page before we get out!” 😍😍 #raisingreaders
Happy moon landing! Here’s to the next generation! ❤️❤️
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This is such a clever @littlefreelibrary made with bike parts. It was a special one to visit too because I taught the boy who built it with his dad. They used tires for the roof and a brake handle for the door handle. 📚 🚲
CAN YOU EAT?🍴A pea? A pear? A bee? A bear? From familiar items like apple pie and pineapple to the more nonsensical, like underpants and elephants, this read-aloud twist on a first book of food offers plenty of giggles!
Swipe 👉🏼 for a sneaky peek 👀 of the awesome illustrations! This is jut one of the amazing new books we’re uploading to our new website! Can’t wait to share with you... xx
4 hours ago
On the Launch Pad- a great counting book, which got Coco to go around saying 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
PROOF that books are magic: I shared this in my stories a couple of days ago, but I’m sharing it again here because A) @literarypengwyns I’m still not over it, and B) it got me thinking... do YOU have any stories that involve books and serendipity? Did you strike up a conversation with a stranger because they were reading your favorite book? Have you ever purchased an old library book and recognized a name on the library card in the back?
(In case you missed it: I shared a picture of this book in my stories because I was asking for suggestions for chapter books for young listeners. A few minutes later, I received a surprising message ... Swipe! You guys... WHAT IF I HAD NEVER SHARED A PICTURE OF MY BOOK?? Books connect us all.)
Who here is experiencing extreme heat?! This little pool has been a lifesaver for us this summer and I really don’t know what we’d do without it😅 Are you experiencing extreme heat? How are you beating this heatwave? Asking for a hot and crabby friend 🥴 #outdoorkids#heatwave
5 hours ago
Nap time activities are the best 😊
Personal development books can sound so BORING. But in reality, they can be so HELPFUL. It's so beneficial for our minds to hear words that encourage us in whatever season we're in right now.
I've read one book by @brenebrown before and am excited to get started on this one! Have you read it?
5 hours ago
A round up of the rest of our books celebrating the moon and Apollo 11!
A Kite for Moon- file this under “so many amazing moon books, not enough time 😂”
5 hours ago
New post: 10 spiritual/new age books to add to your collection!
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Did you celebrate today? It was tricky explaining to a 5 and 7 year old how someone walked on the moon 50 years ago! .
❓ Are they still up there?
❓ How did they have enough food for 50 years?!
❓ How does he walk in space?
These books helped 💙🌛#apollo11#creativereadingadventures
5 hours ago
Mislabeled, mistreated, and misunderstood
Labels: The good, the bad, and the horribly wrong Part 6 post 12
Resources that I have found incredibly helpful or inspiring
Please share resources that you have found helpful in the comments.
Tutoring • Children’s Dyslexia Centers – The Masonic Scottish Rite sponsors free training for teachers and free tutoring for children with dyslexia. Ohio has 11 centers.
Books • The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius by Gail Saltz, M.D. • Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
Websites • Understood.org A great website full of well researched practical, applicable information • Additude.com Another great website all about ADD/ADHD • Children’s Dyslexia Center, A Scottish Rite Charity www.helpusread.org • International Dyslexic Association of Ohio coh.dyslexiaida.org • Ohio Board of Education Dyslexia Support • Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators https://www.ortonacademy.org/ • What a dyslexic sees when reading https://geon.github.io/programming/2016/03/03/dsxyliea
Videos • The Odd 1s Out youtube series made by a dyslexic young man is funny and inspiring to both my son and me • International Dyslexic Association of Ohio presentation to Board of Education begins at the 54:15 minute mark. • This presentation is also on the IDA website: coh.dyslexiaida.org • 30 Essential Ideas Every Parent Needs to Know by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. is a wealth of information. Dr. Barkley shares what he has learned in his extensive career treating children with ADHD.
Apps • Speechify Scan any text (printed books, articles, signs, etc.) and turn it into an audiobook for free! Change the voices and speed.
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Today marks 5️⃣0️⃣ years since Neil Armstrong 👨🏽🚀 and Buzz Aldrin 👨🏼🚀 first stepped foot on the moon 🌙 Usborne Books & More has so many great titles for all ages about space, the moon, and being an astronaut. Do you have a space obsessed kid on your hands?