Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

Happy Birthday Cupcake review and activities

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities The latest picture book from Terry Border, creator of the photography site Bent Objects is HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! and it's a mouth-watering adventure using everyday-object photography. (Also, don't miss his previous book, Peanut Butter & Cupcake!) Never Before Seen Photograph from Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Cupcake wants … [Read more...]

Positive Affirmations for Kids

affirmations for kids

Let's build on mindfulness by showing kids how positive affirmations can help improve their lives. First, help your kids be aware (mindful) of their self-talk. I didn't figure this out for myself until my thirties (in therapy) so I want my kids to start with this as a core foundation. I shared previously that we've started with mindfulness training using the MindUp … [Read more...]

Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

mindfulness kids

I believe in the power of mindfulness and that's why I'm teaching mindfulness to my kids. What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is being aware of what's going on in the present moment. For kids, it helps focus attention, improve self-regulation (impulsivity and decision making,) build resiliency to stress and develop a positive mindset. "With mindfulness, we can preserve our … [Read more...]

Wild Picture Books Summer 2015

new picture book reviews summer 2015

So many new picture books, so little time . . . Here are the newly published books I'm recommending this summer, 2015. P.S. These aren't just for your littlest readers, they're great for older readers as well. Remember how much your kids enjoy reading with you. They need to hear the vocabulary, see the illustrations, visualize the story, and enjoy these stories. And, if your … [Read more...]

Compose Yourself: a Music Composition Game for Kids

Compose Yourself review

Compose Yourself from Think Fun is a music composition card game for kids -- in the key of C. (This is the easiest key for beginners because there are no flats or sharps.) Kids arrange and rearrange the 60 cards and then input each card into the Compose Yourself website. They'll be able to hear their composition in seconds -- it's so easy and lots of fun! Compose Yourself … [Read more...]

4 Surprising Coloring Book Activities for Kids

coloring activities for kids

You're going to love these four coloring book activities for kids (and you) to do at home. Get in quality time with your child, entertain a sick kid, display your work, and create your own inspiration! 1. Mom and Me Coloring Time My daughters and I love coloring. Sometimes we just want to spend time together. Coloring is one of the best activities because it's easy even if … [Read more...]

14 Notable Chapter Books for Summer Reading

new chapter books summer 2015

Let your kids look through these new book reviews and see what grabs them. Will they want to read a fantasy or mystery? What kind of characters do they like? Remember that choice is so important to give kids ownership over their own learning -- especially in reading. Of these 14 new and notable chapter books for summer reading, I hope you consider Pip Bartlett, Unusual … [Read more...]

How Reading Easy Books Helps Your Child

why kids should read easy books

This weekend, my daughter read three books. In about two hours. No, she's not a speed reader, she just read books that were really easy for her. And, I totally endorsed it. In fact, I want you to try it with your kids as well. Reading too easy books is a great strategy to get your kids back into the habit of reading over the summer. But, that's not all. There are specific … [Read more...]

Summer Reading List for Parents and Teachers

recommended books for summer reading

I haven't forgotten about you, grown-ups. You need good books to read just like your kids do! Which is why you get your own summer reading list for parents and teachers. :) So, I'm a bit loath to admit that I recently started reading romance. I thought I'd never go there but when I got the Epstein Barr Virus, my brain fog was so bad that I had trouble comprehending books. No … [Read more...]