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Books that embrace Individuality

20161216_075849Our little ones are unique. They know that and they embrace it without even being fully aware of it. But as the school-age years approaches, they become more socially involved and begin to see or are aware of people’s thoughts and wants. They start to feel a sense of belonging.

This need and want to be part of a group can be quite tricky. We want to be liked by the people around us and we want to fit into the puzzle. That’s fine. But at the same time it might do good if we as parents can assure them and help them learn to embrace differences and celebrate individuality. Continue reading “Books that embrace Individuality”

Christmas Storytime

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There are so many Christmas books out there and here’s 8 of them that we are enjoying this season. Some are heartwarming, some are silly… either way they are great stories to keep your kids entertained all day! 🙂

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Toddler Storytime

This is for my friends with toddlers 🙂

We’ve put together some of our favourite books that hold special memories for us. We’ve read them, we’ve sang them, we’ve acted them out… these are books that get the most repeats and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. Some are Sprinter’s favourites, some are Sunshine’s favourites… and a couple are everybody’s favourite. 🙂
We hope you’ll enjoy them as well and create a whole host of precious memories with your little ones 🙂20160912_130916 Continue reading “Toddler Storytime”

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka & Snipp, Snapp, Snurr

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I love the fun sound of their names! “Oldies but goodies” a librarian told us so we went searching for the triplets and borrowed all the Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Snipp, Snapp, Snurr books we could find.

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Snipp, Snapp, Snurr series is about three charming Swedish boys (triplets… so fun!) who find themselves in gentle and wonderful adventures. You get quaint illustrations in these books – there’s something sweet and nostalgic about them. Every flip of the book opens up to an attractive spread of delightfully coloured picture (with captions at the bottom!) on one page and large easy-to-read font text on another. The stories are short and engaging… entirely suitable for readers who are just about to transition to short chapter books.

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‘Transition’ Readers

We’ve been doing leveled readers for a while now and the next step would be to tackle easy chapter books. But I get really confused when I see recommendations for ‘early chapter readers’, ‘beginner chapter books’, ‘first chapter books’ etc. Popular titles under these categories are books such as Mercy Watson or The Magic Tree House series. Honestly, I feel the jump from readers to these early chapter books is a big one. I felt we needed a slower transition. So I began looking for what I’d call ‘transition books’.

Some kids are ready to move on from picture books and can plunge right into Nate The Great or Ivy and Bean. Some need a bit more time and confidence boost. How do you tell? I look at my child’s general reaction when I hand him a chapter book.

So here are the in-betweens we went for. In general, mini-chapter books (you know, the ones with short 4 or 5 chapters) that are fun and just about the right length so they don’t find it dreary.

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Summer Bingo!

We’re making our summer reading list and I am really looking forward to our summer plans this year because we’ll be away for quite a while and will be experiencing something new as a family. I’ve also planned something fun and different in store for Sprinter for his summer reads… to help him grow as an independent reader. Reading has always been ‘Mummy read alouds’ but now that he can tackle easy readers, why not assign some reading to him for a change? 😉

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It’s really important that kids read when school is out so that they continue to build on their reading skills and prevent a ‘summer’ slide, especially for early readers like Sprinter. In my opinion, reading isn’t quite an effortless natural activity to them yet. Hence, they need to put their reading/coding-decoding of the alphabets/blending skills into practise… and it’s really important to make it into a fun and exciting challenge too! So we decided to go with a Summer Book Bingo challenge 🙂

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Heidi (Audio Book)

Heidi… such a charming girl, such sweet spirit. This classic story is well-loved by many and this audio production will make you fall in love with Heidi all over again after listening to it!

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Perfect Square

(Oops, we lost the book jacket)
Title: Perfect Square
Author: Michael Hall
Publisher : Green Willow Books
Age : 3 up

It’s been a while since we’ve had so much fun with a book. Perfect Square by Michael Hall is one of those books that provides an excellent opportunity for the reader to experience the story come alive by embarking on your very own art adventure.

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Read Aloud Bible Stories

Let me introduce to you a fabulous series a friend recommended to me some time ago. They are called the Read Aloud Bible Stories. Huge books with equally huge print and bold illustrations. We are loving it! 🙂

Publisher: Moody Publishers Ages: 2 up
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Ages: 2 up

A few people have told me the books completely ‘hooked’ their kids. They did so for mine too. Who knows your children might be absolutely enthralled by the books too! Their appeal must have something to do with the whole presentation – interesting, uncomplicated storyline with great choice of words for the young ones plus the splash of bold colours on every page. Somehow the author seems to know how to connect with a child’s mind in a special way.

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