Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

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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

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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...]

Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids

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Learning apps for kids are a solid choice for summer learning options. Researchers say that the best educational apps are: ACTIVE ENGAGING --not overly distracting MEANINGFUL to a child's life SOCIAL to include parents and peers Do you agree? Here's a list of new apps your kids might enjoy this summer . . . Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids The Counting … [Read more...]

Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers

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A reader asked me to make a summer reading list of picture books for pre-readers that included good variety, from lesser known authors, were well-written and highly recommended. I loved the challenge. I hope you and your kids like the list! :) (Scroll down to see all three categories of picture books.) Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers The Book with No … [Read more...]

10 Fascinating Nonfiction Books for Kids

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Do you read nonfiction books with your kids? We gravitate toward fiction so I have to intentionally give my kids nonfiction books to read, some of which we read together. Which is what I figure you're doing, too. So here are new nonfiction books for kids I think you'll love! How do I get my kids to read nonfiction? I often pick out a nonfiction book to read tidbits from. … [Read more...]

NEW Spring Picture Books 2015

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Isn't spring the best? I love helping my kids notice all that is magical about it! Here are my favorite newly published spring (and Earth Day-ish) picture books. NEW Spring Picture Books 2015 A White Butterfly by Laurie Cohen, Barbara Ortelli "Sometimes butterflies are . . . " begins this simple board book. It shows us amazingly illustrated butterflies that are "pink like … [Read more...]

10 Art Activity Books for Kids

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Have you heard about the new fad sweeping the nation? It's called coloring therapy. Ok, it's not really called that. I made it up, but it IS true that more adults are taking to art activities as a way to de-stress. If it helps adults unwind, then it's definitely good for kids too. Here are 10 art activity books you and your children will love! This post contains an AWESOME … [Read more...]

16 Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015

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Are you looking for a sweet, heart-warming picture book story to read to your children? These are sure to do the trick! Heart-Warming Picture Books   Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett "Mom, this is such a good book," my 10-year old shared, handing it to me. Sure enough, she was right for the sweet friendship with the formerly scary DARK and the captivating collage-like … [Read more...]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar book inspires many playful book-related activities for kids including these two play favorites: making clay creations to match the story and creating a stop-motion animation movie of the story. The clay activity is perfect for kids ages 2 and up. The stop-motion animation movie is a great activity for older siblings, ages 7 and up. Very Hungry … [Read more...]