What We Read in June 2016

20160612_233816159_iOSLately I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for book ideas for my preschooler. When find a good list, I take it and use it to order books from our local library. I have also been reading through the books in our personal library with Little Z as well. I thought that I would start to share what we read each month, in case any of my readers are looking for some book ideas.

Little Z’s attention span towards books is getting longer and longer. This is allowing us to hit up many books that in the past were to long for him. This is super exciting for me, as it allows me to expose him to new vocabulary.

So this is what my 4 year old and I read in June 2016

  1.  I Love You Always and Forever
  2.  Grandfather Twilight
  3.  Light Up the Night
  4.  Max and Ruby: Super Max Saves the World
  5.  My Grandpa Is Great
  6.  This Little Pirate
  7.  World of Reading: Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate Campout: Level 1
  8.  My Ponies (Hello Reader!)
  9. Your Baby Can Read Book 1
  10. Roadwork! (Disney/Pixar Cars) (Step into Reading)
  11.  Thomas and the School Trip (I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books)
  12.  The Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus: A Tell the Time Story (Step into Reading, Step 2)
  13.  When We Go Camping
  14.  Night Lights
  15. Superman Classic: Superman versus the Silver Banshee (I Can Read Level 2)
  16. Olivia Helps Mother Nature (Ready-to-Read Level One)
  17. Puss in Boots- I Can Read- Level 1
  18. Parts (Picture Puffin Books)
  19. I Can Do It! (Step into Reading)
  20. The Chick That Wouldn’t Hatch
  21. Dinosaur Ed (Reader’s Digest) (All-Star Readers)
  22. Olivia Helps Mother Nature (Ready-to-Read Level One)
  23. Blackout
  24. Curious George Cleans Up (CGTV Reader)
  25. Super Spies (Disney/Pixar Cars 2) (Step into Reading)
  26. Pumpkins (Science Sight Word Readers)
  27. Milk and Cookies
  28. 1, 2, 3, Bunny (Focus on Family)
  29. Old Mother Hubbard
  30. Good Night Bear! (Troll First-Start Science)
  31. Down The Drain – Finding Nemo Phonics Set
  32. Beauty and the Beast – Level 1 – I Can Read
  33. First On The Moon
  34. I Have to Go (Sesame Street Toddler Books)
  35. Planet Earth: Baby Penguins
  36. A Very Busy Firehouse (Community Helpers)
  37. Halloween Countdown
  38. Thank You Prayer
  39. Just Like Dad (Little Golden Book)
  40. Grover’s Adventure Under the Sea (Peek-a-Board Books)

Now this might not look like many books, however we also have been reading stories out of the book Random House Book of Easy-to-Read Stories. As well as a story from My Good Night Devotions (Bean Sprouts) each night.

Check out a past What We Read post:

What My 2 Year Old(32 months) And I Read This Month January 2015

What books have you and your little ones read recently?

Afterschooling: 2016 Reading List For The Reluctant Reader (Post #1- 2016)

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone had a fun but safe New Years. Hubby always works New Year’s Eve, so we went with friends to a local fireworks display. Then we came home and ate chips and drank pop because I want to eliminate or limit them from our lives in 2016.

So after the clock struck midnight and we had welcomed 2016, Wes and I went and picked out his reading list for the year.

I’m pretty sure that most of my regular readers know that reading is not one of Wes’s favourite things to do. He struggles with reading comprehension, so before we started to deal with these issues he was not getting anything from reading. He could decode, but he wasn’t understanding what he was reading.

However with some hard work, he has come a long way. Now he is enjoying our reading sessions. Usually we take turns reading a paragraph. We do this because I find that he ones out if only I read, but I want him to get the benefits of being read to, so this works best for us.

Here is the list we came up with.

1) The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries)

2) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3)

3) Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House, No. 8)

4) Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise

5) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

6) Cam Jansen: the Mystery of the Circus Clown #7

7) The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Coughing Catfish (Berenstain Bear Scouts)

8) MIB Men in Black the Novel

9) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

10) Geronimo Stilton #38: A Fabumouse School Adventure

11) Watch Your Whiskers, Stilton! (Geronimo Stilton, No. 17)

12) Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots (The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids)

13) The Monsters Next Door (Bailey City Monsters, No. 1)

14) Scooby-Doo! and the Howling Wolfman

15) The Case of the Christmas Snowman (Jigsaw Jones Mystery, No. 2)

16) Blizzard (The Magic School Bus to the Rescue)

17) Who’s in Love with Arthur?: An Arthur Chapter Book (Arthur Chapter Books)

18) The Pizza War (Mercer Mayer’s Lc & the Critter Kids)

19) Kickoff to Danger (Hardy Boys Book 170)

20) Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants: Color Edition (Captain Underpants #4)

Bonus book because we apparently grabbed one to many books
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 13: The Hunt for the Yeti Skull: Nepal

Check out my quick video on these books.

Disclaimer: These are affiliate links if you are really interested in getting some of these books. However I would encourage you to check out your local thrift store, because that is where 90% of mine are from.

Raising An Avid Reader… Failure?

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Reading some National Geographic fact books we found at the thrift store.

So I love to read. I don’t read as much fiction as I did before I had Z, but I still make time to read non-fiction. I especially love reading to my kids. Its an excuse to read more of the old classic series I use to read as a child. I feel being a parent is the perfect excuse to keep reading all the awesome series designed for children, without anyone batting an eyelash. I’m also the person who left the movie theater in an uproar after each Harry Potter movie.

My 10 year old on the other hand, he’s not an avid reader. He would much rather watch the movie and skip the book. This drives me BONKERS! I just can’t wrap my mind around this one. I refuse to watch the movie, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” because I know it will ruin the warm fuzzy feelings I have about the book. That is what happened when I watch the movie “Where the Heart Is”. How can he not like cuddling up with a book and getting lost in another world.

Where did I go wrong? When I was a kid my personal library was on the thin side. I mean I know that in retrospect, it wasn’t thin in the eyes of a lot of people. But for a little book worm, it was not enough to feed my hunger. We were living on a single income and my mom did buy me the books that were on sale in the scholastic flyers, but a lot of the time they were not to my taste.  I did what I could to get my hands on books, I reread books, saved allowance money, borrowed from friends and the library. Now the problem came when summer came around. We lived in a small town, and the only libraries I had access to were in the schools. That meant they were shut down during summer. I’m embarrassed to admit, I even went as far to steal books during the year from the library to have things to read. Sometimes I returned them… sometimes I didn’t *blush*. (Note to self, make a donation to my old high school library.) I later discovered that I could order books from a mail service library. I’m telling you, back then this BLEW MY MIND. The first thing I did when I moved to the city was get a library card.

So as a mother, who when as far as stealing books to read, how come my child, who has a library I would have KILLED for couldn’t care less to pick up a book.

Well that was until I realized I hadn’t found the right materials yet to bait him. Also his reading comprehension issues affected things too.

Looking back there are a few mistakes I made with Wes which I think may have stunted his love for reading. I’m trying my best to not make the same mistakes with Little Z. (… anyone else feel bad for their first child. I often feel like he was my practice child. I made my mistakes with him and try to avoid them with Z. Especially when my boys are almost 7 years apart. *sigh*)

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I put some books that I needed to sort through in a playpen to keep them away from my daycare babies. Little Z climbed into it to check them out.

 

I didn’t start reading to him soon enough. I mean I read to him, but I would get discouraged when I didn’t think he was into the books, or really listening. I should have keep on reading. With Z I have made storytime part of our routine, just like brushing our teeth.

I focused on LEARNING to read, instead of learning to LOVE to read with Wes. Now with Z, I’m teaching him how to read, but also constantly reading to him without expecting him to read anything.

So is Wes a lost cause?

I’m happy to say he’s not! Last week Wes and I went to run some errands, on our way to pick up Z from a friends, Wes was in the back reading an Archie comic. I had bought it at a thrift store months before, and it was sitting in the back of the van all this time. When we pulled up infront of my friend’s house, I asked him, “Would you like to come in or keep reading your book?” I assumed I knew the answer, but he shocked me when he replied without lifting his nose out of the book, “I’ll wait here and keep reading.” It’s worth noting he LOVES my friend, and she also has a son his age that he loves too.

When I got back in the car I asked him if he really liked these comics. He told me he did. So I suggested he call Papa(my dad) and ask him if he could borrow some Archie comics from him. I told him I think he has a collection. I knew darn well my whole Archie collection was collecting dust in their basement. He called and Papa said he had “a few” he could have.

Back when I was a little girl, my Memere (French for Grandma) had this sweet old lady named Irene as a neighbour. They lived in the foyer in our home town. One day she stopped in when my brother and I were visiting. She was shocked to see us nicely putting away our colouring books and crayons where they belonged, and the toys my Memere had for us to play with were all in working order. She told my Memere that her grandchildren were awful with toys. She would buy them a doll and the next time she went over, it would be naked and missing limbs on the floor. From then on, whenever she when on vacation, instead of bringing back her grandchildren souvenirs she would drop stuff off at our home for my brother and I. One day she called my mom and asked her if we would like to have her Archie comic collection. My mom knew I would be over the moon. Little did we know her collection consisted of HUNDREDS of comics. The nerd in me was in my glory. I sorted them by series and issue numbers and read them all.

Sadly when I was 10 Irene passed away. Since this post seems to be getting personal, I may as well share. I remember the morning she passed, I woke up and all I could smell was cigarette smoke. No one in my home smoked and my window was closed. As I got out of bed, our home phone rang. It was my Memere, Irene had passed away. Irene was a heavy smoker. In my heart, I feel like she was coming to say good-bye. I still tear up thinking about that day.

But 20 years later she lives on in my heart, and her generous gift is blessing my now 10 year old son.

At the beginning of the year, I made a bucket list. I have to go back and check, but I do know that one of the items was for Wes and I to read 12 chapter books. We kind of snuffed off on that, we are sitting at 6 I believe, might be 7 as I think I forgot to write down a Geronimo Stilton book we read. We have still been reading, but just not chapter books.

But it’s not too late! I think we can make our goal in the next 6-7 weeks. We just finished “My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish” this week. I suggested to him we start “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, because my 9 year old step daughter is reading it for fun. She is an avid reader, with reading skills I would have killed for at her age. I thought maybe they might land up chatting about it. But he wanted to read “George’s Marvellous Medicine” by the same author. “Then we can read “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mom.” he said. His old teacher read it to the class, and he wanted to read it with me. I haven’t read this Roald Dahl book before so I agreed.

So do I think he will become this avid reader who can’t get enough books to read? Honestly, no. But I think he likes the time we read together, and will remember that when he’s older. I also think he will be a good reader, just not someone who will always have a book with them. And that is ok. I could have done everything right with him in regards to reading and he might still not be an avid reader. But he is an amazing mathematician and builder. These are his strengths and I’m proud of him.

What my 2 year old (32 months) and I Read This Month. January 2015

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Z reading one of his big brother’s old piano books

At the beginning of January, I wrote a post called: What My Two Year Old and I Read Today. Mini NACD Update. I really wanted to start keeping a running record of the books Little Z and I have read this year. However I realized my blog would quickly become boring if thats is what I wrote each and every day. However if I do a monthly list, it might actually be more helpful for my readers who want ideas what they could read to their child, as well it will be easier for me to look back at.

 

1) Mole’s Hill: A Woodland Tale

2) Top Cat

3) Time to Sleep (An Owlet Book)

4) Sheep Take a Hike

5) Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books)

6) Cat and Mouse in the Rain

7) Barnyard Banter Board Book

8) George, the Dragon and the Princess

9) Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art

10) How to Speak Moo!

11) The Magical Bicycle

12) Sheep in a Shop

13) Slinky Malinki, Open the Door

14) Over in the Meadow

15) Bob’s Busy Saw (Bob the Builder (Simon & Schuster Board Books))

16) Little Critter: We Are Moving

17) Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack (Picture Puffins)

18) Just Camping Out (Look-Look)

19) Hairy Maclary’s Hat Tricks (Hairy Maclary and Friends)

20) Hairy Maclary Scattercat (Hairy Maclary and Friends)

21) The Snowy Day

22) Where’s My T·R·U·C·K?

23) It’s the Bear! (Eddy & the Bear)

24) Move Over, Rover!

25) Lmnopeas & More Fun With Letters

26) Shoe-la-la!

27) Hairy Maclary’s Bone

28) Doggone Dogs

29) Parts (Picture Puffins)

30) Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?

31) Dirty Gert

32) Doctor Ted

33) Where’s My Teddy?

34) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)

35) I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children’s Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

36) Shark vs. Train

37) More Parts (Picture Puffins)

38) Cat’s Colors (Picture Puffins)

39) Hit the Ball Duck

40) Yum Yum!: What Fun!

41) Children Make Terrible Pets (Starring Lucille Beatrice Bear) Super cute story! Even the library couldn’t wait till I returned it so she could read it.

42) Oliver Who Would Not Sleep

43) The Curious Garden

44) How Do You Wokka-Wokka? (I Didn’t like this one. Too many nonsense words)

45) Chicks Run Wild

46) Little Pig Joins the Band

47) Musical Beds

48) Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show

49) Fix-It Duck

50) Hop, Hop, Jump!

51) The Adventures of Taxi Dog

52) No Dogs Allowed!
I wasn’t totally thrilled with this book.Its great if you are looking for a book with no words to create your own story. However we are looking for books to expand Little Z vocabulary, so this wasn’t a fit.

53) Journey
Again another book with no words. Beautifully illustrated however now what we were looking for.

54) Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World
Cute book, but once again not enough words for what we are working on right now.

55) Little Calf

56) Are You a Cow? (Boynton Board Books)

57) Meow Said the Cow

58) Moo Cow Kaboom!

59) Best Cow in Show

60) Cow

61) Cowy Cow (Thingy Things)

62) The Cow Loves Cookies

63) A Particular Cow

64) From Calf to Cow (How Do They Grow?)

65) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

66) The Cow That Went OINK

67) Cow Who Wouldn’t Come Down (Orchard Paperbacks)

68) Creepy Carrots!

69) YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! (Starring Lucille Beatrice Bear)

70) The Maestro Plays

71) Green

72) First the Egg (Caldecott Honor Book and Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book (Awards))

73) One Is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book Little Z loved this book. Its all about counting and skip counting. This is on my list to buy now.

74) The Dark Knight Rises: Tools of the Trade (I Can Read Book 2)

 

Full disclosure, these are affiliate links with Amazon. I’m not linking just to make a buck. I’m sure many of you will just take them out from the library like I have. But with the direct link you can take a look and see if it is a book that your child might like. However if you do decide to buy through this affiliate link I thank you very much.

What My Two Year Old and I Read Today. Mini NACD Update.

So its been a few weeks since we had our NACD assessment (The National Association for Child Development). With the holidays and everything we have had a slow start. But I’m already seeing some positive changes in Little Z. So I’m hoping once we get the rest of the supplies needed, we will see even more changes. Right now The Listening Program and Wes’s comprehension books are sitting at the border, waiting for my cousin to pick them up on his way home back to Canada.

 

Firefly AnimalsOne program we are working on right now is what I call the Modified Encyclopedic Knowledge program. We flip through either an Kids Picture Encyclopedia or a Kids Picture Dictionary and read random facts. As soon as we got our programs I ran to the store and bought a copy of Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals.

The point of this program is not to read the dictionary or encyclopedia from cover to cover. But to flip around and read random facts. This will teach Little Z that we can learn from reading. That words have meaning and they are not just there for him to play with.

Before we went to the zoo a few weeks ago, I went through this book with him and we found animals that we might have the chance to see on our visit. Then when we got back, we found some others we had seen but hadn’t read about before leaving.

Kids Dictionary and Encyclopedia Thing is, we need to mix things up a bit. After a while going through the same Encyclopedia for a few weeks becomes a bit boring.

So we went to the library and picked out a few more Encyclopedias and picture dictionaries for use to flip through. Today we looked though these two. On the way home I realized I should have looked for an encyclopedia on vehicles. He would have loved that too. Note to self.

I have kids picture dictionary coming in the mail. But I plan on  putting that away and continuing to use the assortment of library books. I want to have that one put away ready to go if we have to either a) go away on vacation and I don’t want to worry about losing a library books or b) if we can’t get to the library for some reason.

Another program we are working on is a simple one. We are doing a reading program. We have to sit down and read together 2 times a day. The only catch, it has to be new materials. Which can be a bit of a bother for Little Z. He has his favorite books and wants to keep reading them over and over again. But in his situations we need to keep offering him new materials.

So while at the library on Sunday, I went to the bin of suggested books of the month, and started flipping through.

I was looking for :

– books that had a story line

 

– books that were not too long or wordy

 

– books that were not  too short or had no words

 

– books that were non-fiction and not too wordy

 

– books that were not simple phonics or sight words books, (This is a cat. This is a red apple. Etc)

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We started with a book called Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books). by Mem Fox and Illustrated by Leslie Staub.

It is a beautiful, yet simple story about how we are as cultures different in many ways, like:

                – Different skin color

– Different homes

– Different Schools.

But then the author goes on to explain that we are also very similar for example:

– We all have hearts

– We all smile

– We all cry

I was quite happy that this book was able to explain to young children common humanity and diversity.

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Then we read the story called Cat and Mouse in the Rain by Tomek Bogacki.

This is a cute story about a cat and a mouse who get stuck in the rain. Then they meet their new friend frog, who helps get them out of the comfort zone to try something new… playing in the puddles. 

George, the dragon and the princess

After we were introduced to a little mouse named George in George, the Dragon and the Princess.

This book would be perfect for a young child that feels like they are small and not good at very many things. George learns in this story that everyone is good at something. We just might not have found our special talent yet.

market day

 

Market Day by Lois Ehlert is a simple story about a family going to down to buy items they need and sell their wares. They tell the story using folk art.

 What are you reading with your child today?

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Your Baby Can Read: How to Select Books for Early Readers

So you taught your little infant, toddler or preschooler to read a bunch of words, some couplets and you are working on sentences. What should you look for in a book for your little one?

Your Baby Can Read Flip books:

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I first started by using the Your Baby Can Read books that came with that companies kit. Now I do not own the whole reading kit. I actually bought each DVD on Amazon back in 2007 before YBCR really blew up in the mainstream. But I did find 4 of the 5 books at our local thrift store. Can you say score!!

Preschool Prep Sight Words books

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These were past down to us a year and a half ago by a good early learning friend. Her little ones loved them, and so does Little Z. The words are on one page in bold black font. Perfect for little eyes. The pictures are on the other page. The best part is there are 3 sets of books with 12 books per set. Lots of fresh materials.

Meet the Sight Words – Level 1 – Easy Reader Books (boxed set of 12 books)
Meet the Sight Words – Level 2 – Easy Reader Books (boxed set of 12 books)
Meet the Sight Words – Level 3 – Easy Reader Books (boxed set of 12 books)

LeapFrog Book Sets

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These were also passed on to us from the same friend that gave us her childrens Preschool Prep books. While the writing is on the same page as the picture, they separate the two. Picture on top, words on the bottom, but not in the picture.

LeapFrog LeapReader Learn to Read, Volume 1 (works with Tag)
LeapFrog LeapReader Learn to Read, Volume 2 (works with Tag)
LeapFrog LeapReader Learn to Read, Volume 3 (works with Tag)
LeapFrog LeapReader Learn to Read, Volume 4 (works with Tag)

Little Champion Reader

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Reading Kit for Baby, Toddler and Kids – Little Champion Reader 3-Level Reading System

Little Champion Reader is complete learning program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. There are several books and flashcards that come with the series, that are awesome!. As you can see the words and the pictures are separate, making them ideal for little ones. Also there are larger words and the sounds are colored differently to help a child sound out the words if they are at that stage in the game.

What if you can’t find books that have clear print for your child to read?

2014-12-11 08.54.13A good friend of mine passed on this book to us. She covered the words with words she printed out. While they are still in the picture, the white background separates them enough to hold the child’s attention.

This is a great thing to do when you find a well illustrated book at the library book sale, but the story is too long for your child.

What books do you use with your child? Please share them with me as we are always looking for new books to explore!

 

Sorry about the lack of updates this week. We had our NACD meeting last week and received out programs on Friday. I have been processing them, and working them into our schedule. I’m hoping to have figured them out enough this week to share what we are doing.

 

 

FarFaria Review and GIVEAWAY

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Farfaria2FarFaria is a subscription based library for children 2-9 years old on your tablet or smartphone. It currently includes over 800 titles, with more being added weekly. It is subscription

If you have little bookworm at home, and don’t want to keep making daily trips to the library, this is the app for you. For just $4.99 a month, or $39.99 for the year.

I also found this app has intrigued my reluctant reader . My oldest is more of a math guy then a reader. However he is required to do home reading every night. Now that we have been using FarFaria, its just a matter of me asking him once to do his home reading. Before it would take me a while to get him to sit down and read.

I also find it has brought us together as a family to read together. I’ll sit down with Little Z, and we start reading, then the next thing you know the big kids are sitting with us. If we happen to be reading about something non-fiction, dad will even come a sit down too.

FarFaria FamilyChoiceYour child starts off by choosing a island to visit.

Once you are on that island, a bookshelf of books appears based on what you selected. Each have a letter on the lower right corner indicating the reading level that book falls into.

What if your child is interested in a book, but the level indicates it is too difficult for them? Simple! Just select the Auto Play or Read to Me button and the book becomes an book and an audio book in one. Some of the books even highlight the words as they are read. I wish every book did this as it would be an awesome thing for little ones learning to read using the Glenn Doman inspired method.

Now for the best part! The wonderful people at FarFaria have given me two 3 month subscriptions to giveaway to some lucky readers!!

 

DISCLAIMER: I was given a subscription to try with my family in exchange for an honest review.

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What My Child is Reading. Books by Stuart J. Murphy

I’m always looking for good, fun and educational books for my son. Recently I have had the chance to review a few books written by Stuart J. Murphy. His MathStart series has 63 books and has sold over 4 million book. I can see why!

“Math is about far more than numbers. Math is about being able to make comparisons (estimation, percentage, measurement), understand spatial relationships (directions, opposites, symmetry, geometric shapes, mapping) and calculate time (sequencing, time lines, calendars).

Many of the MathStart stories involve Science and Social Studies subjects. Earth Day — Hooray! (Place Value), for example, teaches about the Environment, while Dave’s Down-to-Earth Rock Shop (Classifying) is filled with information on Geology. The Grizzly Gazette (Percentages) is a lesson on democracy. Seaweed Soup (Matching Sets) is a tale about sharing and kindness. And Lemonade for Sale (Graphing) and Sluggers’ Car Wash (Making Change) are both stories on entrepreneurship and economics.
Math skills are Life skills. We use them every day in every way.”

I had the chance to review the follow MathStart books. I was so lucky because both of them presented Math concepts to my son that we were working on, making them more fun to learn.

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To put on “The Fifty Leaping Lizards Show!,” you need fifty star-struck leaping lizards. Where will they all come from? The first five are found lounging in bunk beds, but the next five arrive in theatrical style, riding unicycles and juggling. The next five are speed-demons in race-cars, followed by five more in a hot-air balloon. Colorful graphics keeps track of the count, first by showing how counting by 5s works, and then showing how counting by 10s is related: Kids can easily see how each group of 10 lizards divides into two groups of 5. Will there be enough lizards by show time? Counting by 5s and 10s is an important skill that helps children master multiplication facts, tell time, and count money.

My son and I were able to practice his skip counting by fives. He loved it. They also work on counting by tens, and even though his has this skill mastered he did not mind the review at all,

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I’m really excited to get a few more of these books for my son.

When a little boy tries to eat a whole pizza without sharing half with his sister, it’s not pretty. Of course, she isn’t too keen on sharing her juice or cupcakes. With a little adult prodding, however, they soon learn the benefits of sharing and split everything in half, including clean-up chores. Recognizing that half means one of two equal parts leads to understanding fractions.

 This book got my son’s attention. I found recently that he loves to read about children being naughty. I mean what kid doesn’t. This book was a great early introduction to fractions.
Another thing worth mentioning is that at the end of each book there are a few activities that an adult and child can do together to help reinforce what was taught in the book.
Stuart J. Murphy also has a new series “I See I Learn”.

I had the chance to read “Percy Plays It Safe” with my son.
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Once again this book was a hit for my son because the main character was acting very naughty. However Stuart J. Murphy was able to show his readers through natural conquences why it is important to play it safe and follow the rules at the park. At the end of this book there is a page called “A Closer Look”. Here you can ask your child these questions and have a conversation that will help your child understand how this could relate the their own life.

What My Child is reading,Learn to Read Kids Club Review/Giveaway

So I had the chance to review this great new program. Its called the Learn to Read Kids Club. There are so many great options with this company. You can sign up for the Yearly Program and once a month you and your child will receive 4 books. Each book relates to a different subject, Fun & Fantasy, Science, Social Studies and Math. As well you get a workbook and a parents guide. The workbook has fun little “assignments” for your child to do relating to all 4 of the stories. Including fill in the blanks, word searches, make your own books and much more. The workbook I reviewed contained 20 different activities. The parents guide gives you great tips on how to provide your child a more hands on experience.

When we got our kit to review, my son and I were slightly confused at first why the wonderful people sent us a jar of dirt, a bottle of water, a pile and shovel to us in our review. Then we opened up the package that contained the books and workbook. There it was a book called “How to Make a Mudpie”.
So first we sat down and read the book “How To Make a Mudpie” together. Then we did the activities in the workbook. My son really enjoyed doing book. The workbooks are so colorful and inviting it didn’t even feel like he was doing work. Then the next day was the fun part. We went in the backyard and made our own mudpies.
First we poured in the dirt

Then we added the water

Then we stirred it up

Then we added some leafs

And then some stones

We gave it one final stir and poured them into pie pans. And there you have it our very own MudPie! I promise he was really having a great time, he just looks sour because I kept shoving the camera in his face. I also included my 16month old daycare baby and 5 year old daycare child but they are not pictured here because I don’t like posting pictures of other children.

This was one activity for only one of the books in the set we got. There are so many great ideas. This would be a great Christmas gift idea for the children and grandchildren on your list. Its like the gift that keeps giving. If you are worried about shipping cost you can also buy the whole kit at once and use it to supplement your homeschooling curriculum or even to reinforce what your children are learning at school. They will love being able to cuddle up and read the books with you, as well as doing the activities together. They also have a Summer Reading Club that will send your child a set every 2 weeks so they can keep their minds sharp through the summer months. I have talked to many teachers about how children just seem to lose their skills during the summer months because they are not using them. You can start the Yearly Program anytime through out the year.
Would you like to win your own kits?
Learn to Read Kids Club is offering the Kids Club Combo(which consists of the first 2 Basic Kits according to the child’s age/grade.) This kit features 8 books, 2 parent guides, 2 workbooks,stickers and a reading rewards chart. There are two versions of the Combo, one for PreK-1st graders (generally, 3 years-old to 6 years-old) and the second collection is for 1st-2nd graders (generally, 6 years-old to 8 years-old.)  The winner can select the grade level that would fit best with their child.
This collection retails for $29.99–and serves as a great introduction into the program!
How do you sign up?
You can do one or as many of these as you want just leave a seperate comment each WITH your email.
Head over to Learn to Read Kids Club and tell me something your like about them
– Follow Doman, ABA, Dayhome and Homeschooling Momma publicly
– Blog about this giveaway
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Contest closes Dec 1st, 2010 @ 11:59pm. Open to Canada and the US.
Thank you to the great people at Learn to Read Kids Club for providing me a basic kit to review. The options expressed here are my own and I was not required to write a good review for this product.

Update on our 1500 book challenge

I have had a few people ask me where we are in our reading challenge. We have until June 9th/11 and we are sitting at 300+ books. Yes we are behind, but I still have confidence. The last two months we have been focused on Wesley reading. That means he has been reading and rereading easier readers. He reads about 6-10 a night and I read him one long story. However the easy readers can only count for one of the 1500 then when he rereads it it doesn’t count again. But with the winter coming I know we will be spending a lot more time reading, and as he reading skills improve we will be moving through the easy readers a lot faster.
Some of our favorite books have been by
Animals on Board: Adding (Mathstart Level 2 (Steck-Vaughn))– Stuart J Murphy’s Math Start books
The Lonely Little Monster (WorryWoo Monsters)– Andi Green’s WorryWoo monster books
Franklin's Bad Day– Paulette Bourgeois’s Franklin the Turtle
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores-Stan and Jan Berenstain, Berenstain Bears
-Headsprouts Mini Sprout Stories
These are just to name a few. Watch out for a review on a few Math Start books and a review/giveaway on the Worrywoo book series.