Archives for March 2014

April’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

April 2014 Making the Days Count Activity Calendar from Homeschool Share

April has many unique ways to help make the days count with your children.  Pick out several and make your school days come alive!

Oh, and don’t forget. . . April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day! Have some extra fun making memories and celebrating with your preschooler with our Jelly Bean Fun Printable Pack!

Jelly Bean Fun Preschool Mini-Pack. Celebrate National Jelly Bean Day on April 22nd.

Five Favorite Bedtime Books

Now that Daylight Savings Time is here, have you noticed it takes a little longer each evening to get your kids in bed?  Bedtime seems to stretch later and later as the sun stays up longer and longer!  If it’s time to refresh your stack of bedtime stories, here are five favorites from our home.

Sometimes we forget about the classics, but don’t leave out Goodnight Moon!  Margaret Wise Brown’s book is wonderful for even the youngest children.  The simple text is repetitive and soothing and Clement Hurd’s illustrations will draw children in as they notice all of the details.  It won’t take long until your young child can even “read” some of it back to you!

Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book was a hit in our home when my son was about 18 months old and we read it so often I’m pretty sure I could recite it all with at least 98% accuracy even now that he’s almost nine.  The rhyming story of a boat full of animals getting ready for bed is so catchy that you can’t help but love it, and the illustrations are just plain cute.  We’ve enjoyed all of Sandra Boynton’s books, but this is our favorite.

We stumbled across The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds one day at the library and loved it so much we ordered our own copy right away.  This is the story of three little bunnies who go to bed quietly–until their mama and daddy go downstairs.  Then the party begins!  Each time the bunnies cook up a new kind of mischief their parents return to set them straight until eventually, the bunnies get their time to play.  Marisabina Russo’s story will have your kids laughing and then, like the bunnies, winding down for sleep.

In A Bedtime for Bear, Bear has to have everything just so before he can fall asleep, but Mouse, who has arrived for a sleepover, is not following Bear’s routine.  We laughed as Mouse experiments to see if Bear can hear his noises, and to Bear’s chagrin, he can hear everything.  As Bear is about to go to sleep, he hears a strange noise and in his fear, wakes Mouse.  Mouse helps Bear back to sleep, all the while pretending that Bear is the one helping him feel safe and secure.  Bonny Becker has written a funny and sweet story that even older kids can appreciate.

In Anything for You, Little Charlie would do anything to help Mama out, but his help often ends up making quite a mess of things.  At the end of a long day of Charlie’s help, Mama asks him to do just a few more things for her:  climb into bed, snuggle down, and sleep tight all night.  This is such a sweet gentle story from start to finish.  Even when Charlie is underfoot, Mama is kind and loving and patient.  The illustrations a soft and warm and you can feel yourself getting sleepier as Charlie goes through his bedtime routine.  I love this story because it reminds me to be more like Mama when my kids are being like Charlie!

I can’t guarantee that these books will make your children fall asleep faster, but they will make bedtime more enjoyable.  Happy reading!

March Grand Giveaway – Keyboard Classroom

We have another fun giveaway for our readers this month, from Keyboard Classroom. This time with 2 winners! Each winner can choose a single or multiple user (2-5 students) license (up to $49.99 value!)

march grand giveawayKeyboard Classroom was developed by educators for ages 8 and up and guarantees that a student using the program diligently for 15 minutes a day will become a proficient (35 wpm) typist in just 6 months.

Take a look at what Ami’s son Simon thought about Keyboard Classroom:

 
To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. U.S. residents, age 18 and older only please.

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Natural Genius

Genius is an exceedingly common human quality,
probably natural to most of us.
~ John Taylor Gatto