Sunday, December 9, 2012

Whole Hearted Holidays - Candy Cane Hockey

Candy Cane Hockey


I do co-therapy with an Occupational Therapist in one of the classes that I see at my school. Since it is a behavior school, many of my children are working on social skills....although many children in many locations need to work on social skills. Using this one activity, we worked on quite a few skills - good sportsmanship behavior, handwriting, gross motor skills and math. Yep - math, too!

Materials Needed:
   Large Candy Cane(s) (like the ones used to decorate yards)
   3 chairs or other objects you can line up (a TV tray table would work too)
   ball of construction paper for the puck

We started the lesson going over the things that you can say and do to show good sportsman-like behavior while we were playing the game and wrote those down on the board (you can write them on the back of you game board page). The goal of the activity was to demonstrate these good behaviors during the game and the number of points that you received didn't matter. If you were a good sport, you were rewarded with a candy cane at the end of the game. We also discussed the things to say when you are the loser of a game and when you are the winner ("you lost!" was one comment we discussed and how that is not being a good winner). Specifically teaching children what to say when their emotions are running high is important.

The students earned points during their turns. We worked on the math skill of adding simple numbers. The math level of this class was adding the numbers 1, 2 and 3. So, the rules for our game were if it landed under one of the outside chairs you got 2 points, under the middle chair you got 3 points and not under a chair (or between the chairs) was 1 point. They got to score twice. You can customize the number of points based on your child's math level. You can do higher but still simple numbers (possibly 6, 7 and 8) or do double or triple digit numbers (22, 35 and 67 or 123, 258 and 429). You could also do multiplication or any other math concept you can think of...making fractions...whatever you want! If you want to do math problems that are not addition use this board (game page 2).

After shooting twice, they worked with the OT to write their points on their game page and do the math computation. Honestly, it didn't matter if they remembered what their points actually were. The most important was writing the numbers correctly and doing the math problem. The OT also worked with the kiddos who had a hard time holding the candy cane and swinging it to hit the "puck."

The kiddos had a blast! I know that you and your child will love it, too!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Whole Hearted Holidays - I Love Candy Canes!

It's already been a fun holiday season. Thanksgiving was everything we hoped it could be... some great food, a few crazy hours of shopping and lots of family bonding. But mostly it was filled with thankfulness!

I now turn my focus to some of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. Recently, I had the opportunity to share some of these ideas with the families at a local preschool. I hope that you enjoy these activities as much as they did! Don't miss the bonus Christmas Bingo game at the end of the post!

Candy Cane Reindeer Craft

With your child, take half of a brown pipe cleaner and wrap it around the arch of the candy cane then bend the “antlers” in zigzags. I put a dab of glue at the back of the "antlers" so that they would not slip. Next, glue two small googly eyes and one red pompom to make a face on the short side of the candy cane. I used hot glue but if you want your child to help I'd recommend a tacky glue or very careful adult supervision! If you don't have the materials I mentioned, feel free to use what you have on hand. A button would be a cute nose. You can make eyes out of construction paper. Black "antlers" would look just as cute!  As you can see in the picture below, my reindeer are a little different from each other. Here are the language skills that we addressed while doing this activity: following directions, describing your antlers, vocabulary, colors and actions (wrap, bend, glue, etc).

Candy Cane Snack
This is a quick and refreshing snack, plus it's a nice healthy alternative to the sugar of a real candy cane (not that I mind a little sugar, but this is really good too!) Slice fresh strawberries and bananas and lay them in a candy cane shape alternating fruit slices. Yum! If you don't have strawberries, feel free to use another red fruit like grapes or watermelon. Some language skills that you could address are: colors, describing flavors/sizes/shapes, following directions, action words (cut, put, eat, etc.). You could also talk about pattern making. This is a simple pattern (red-white, red-white), but you could do a more complex pattern like red-red-white (strawberry-grape-banana or strawberry-watermelon-banana).

Candy Cane Books
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
Sheila Ray's Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes
Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson

Candy Cane Poem (author unknown)
Look at the candy cane, what do you see?
Stripes that are red for the blood shed for me.
White is for my Savior who is sinless and pure.
“J” is for Jesus my Lord, that's for sure!
Turn it around and a staff you will see.
Jesus, my shepherd, was born for me!

Here is the print out that has all of the activities on it: Whole Hearted Holidays: Candy Cane Activities!

Bonus!!! Here is a fun activity that you and your child can do while you are driving around looking at Christmas decorations or when walking in a store. As you see an item on the bingo board, mark that spot off. You can play a quick game by stopping when you fill one row or one column or you can make it a long game and wait until the whole board is filled! Print out multiple copies so that you can play lots of times! This activity is a great vocabulary builder and a good way to work on making phrases ("green stocking," "tall tree," etc) or sentence building ("The candle is in the window!"). Check it out at: iHeartSpeech Christmas Bingo!

Enjoy all of the Candy Cane activities! Come back soon. I have a fun Candy Cane Hockey activity that I did with a group of kiddos at my school. I know you can your child will love it!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Failed a Screening

Today I am sat in the doctor's office to take a 3 hour glucose tolerance test because I failed the screening last week. I know that this will help identify a problem and help me take the right steps after I find out the results.

This has me thinking about a recent client, Kristi*. Her parents were concerned with her language development. She had had some regression a few months earlier and recently was doing better. But was she delayed? Were her language abilities appropriate for her age? Previous testing had revealed significant delays, but they had seen so much progress. Where was she now, developmentally speaking?

Mom brought her in to have a full language evaluation. While we talked about what language skills are appropriate for different ages and we went through the testing process, we were able to see that overall Kristi's language skills were within the average range. However, we were also able to pin point some missing skills that could be addressed at home.

Kristi's parents now feel relieved - not because their daughter isn't delayed but because they know. They know what they need to do, what to work on at home and what skills aren't an issue at this time because they are not necessary for her age. If the results had revealed delays, they were ready to start therapy to address her specific needs. Knowing the problems or areas of delay doesn't change where a child is developmentally. It gives you power to address those issues with a professional cheering you on, either on your team if your child is in therapy or from the side lines if your child is developmentally on track!

I am nervous about the results of my test and the changes that may have to be made. But no matter what, knowing will help me make the decisions that are best for my child and for me.

I would be happy to talk with you about your child. You can also check out my speech sound information or language developmental milestones from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Feel free to contact me! Talk to you soon!

UPDATE: I passed the Glucose Tolerance Test! While I was waiting for the results, however, I went ahead and ate as if I had Gestational Diabetes (just in case) and found some terrific recpies. At first, I was worried that I'd having nothing to eat, but researching and trying out recipes was fun and educational for me. No matter what the results had been, I would have done what was best for my baby. I hope that if you find yourself or your child in a position to need further testing that you pursue it so that you don't have to just keep wondering and can get started addressing any issues that are revealed by the testing. Please let me know if I can be of service to you!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanks for a great event!

I want to thank all the families who stopped by my table at the event at First Years Preschool today. It was so nice to talk with you! I hope that you enjoy the Candy Cane Activities and the Christmas Bingo game. If you want more copies of those activities check back soon and I'll have them posted so that you can print them from home.

Also, I want to send a big thank you to the First Years Staff for setting up the event!

I hope that everyone is getting ready for a wonderful, whole hearted holiday season. Stop back by frequently to see more activities that will have you and your child engaged in all of the things that make this season memorable!

Whole Hearted Holiday - Thankfulness Turkey, part 2

Making the Thankful Feathers!

While we waited for the turkey to dry we worked on making the feathers. We gathered our supplies and got to work!

I drew a rough pattern on one sheet, stacked up a few sheets and then cut them out.

After I cut out the feathers, I passed them to my daughter who practiced her cutting/snipping skills. We got a little creative with the cutting after a while and lost some feathers in the process. But, that's what this was - a learning process!

Once I realized that she had hit the end of her attention span, we started the most important part of the project. We sat and thought about things and people we are thankful for. It is very fun to see how a 3 year old thinks! If she were able to write, I would have her write her own thoughts, but for now I wrote them for her.

The next day our very wet turkey was dry and ready to be taped to the wall! We found out that packing tape does not keep anything to our walls, so we used painters tape which worked well for over a week. We got to re-stick the turkey and some of the feathers back to the wall once.

Each night while we ate dinner we all discussed what we were thankful for. This part turned into one of our favorite parts of the day!

This is our final picture of our Thankful Turkey! I hope that your family takes on this project, it was such a blessing to our family!

Whole Hearted Holiday - Thankfulness Turkey

I wanted to make sure that we focused on our being thankful for our many blessings as we prepared for Thanksgiving festivities. What better way to remember to be thankful than to have a huge turkey with feathers right next to your dining room table!

First, we started with a large cutout of a turkey body that I made larger from a pattern I found online. I used bulletin board paper but you could use butcher or parchment paper.

Then, we talked about the color of a turkey while looking at pictures of turkeys we found by doing a simple image search on line. We enjoyed talking about the different turkeys we saw including the boy turkeys vs. girl turkeys, real vs. pretend turkeys and live turkeys vs. cooked turkeys. We settled on brown paint (there was much discussion about why we couldn't do a pink and purple turkey). I put a bit of brown paint in a bowl and laid out a variety of paint brushes.

As we used the paint brushes we talked about the sizes of the brushes and discovered that wider brushes painted more of the turkey more quickly. However, it was most fun to use two or three brushes at one time!

We were very proud of our finished turkey!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Whole Hearted Holidays - Our Autumn Tree

Since we could not find any trees in our neighborhood and a trip to North Florida was out of the question for us, we made our own. You can, too!

Materials Needed:
plain art paper or butcher paper (thicker than copy paper would be best)
tempera paints in a variety of fall colors
plate to put the leaf colors on
foam brush
paper towels (some damp, some dry)

I learned from this experience that projects do not always turn out the way that I had planned. As I was putting down the camera, she added a second hand print to her paper...that page then became our practice page!

First, put some brown paint in a small bowl and with the sponge brush paint your child's hand. Give age appropriate instructions to spread fingers, put hand down and wait for you to push down gently on the fingers (and only do one hand print on the page...unless you want a forest!).

Next, paint a stripe down your child's arm and make your tree's trunk. We used quite a few paper towels during this portion of the project!

As we talked about what color the leaves should be and I put a blob of that color paint on her plate. I couldn't convince her that green was not a fall color, so our autumn tree has some green leaves on it!

Then have your child dip her fingers in the paint and make a beautiful fall tree. My daughter like to put one finger in each color then put them on the paper. Feel free to mix and blend the colors and have fun making a beautiful fall tree!

During this activity, we talked about the parts of the tree (trunk, branches, leaves), we worked on the plural form of leaf (leaves), following directions, colors and action words (dip, tap your fingers, no! don't smear them!, paint, wipe and clean up). I am sure that in the years to come when I pull this painting from the fall decorations box and I will smile and love seeing how small her hand was and her sweet little finger prints!

I urge you to make something with your child that will develop her language skills now and be a lasting memory for both of you!

Whole Hearted Holidays - Fall Leaf Walk and Song

I love fall leaves. I love to watch the leaves change colors and to softly float down to the ground where they can be piled up and played in. I love to experience this when reading books because here in Central Florida, the leaves don't really change colors (we only get dead brown leaves) and our trees do not really go through the "fall change." We have lots of evergreens which are pretty, but do not evoke the feelings that I want, no - crave - when the air starts to get crisp.

So, we attempted to go on a Fall Leaf Walk. I guess the optimist in me thought that we would come across some special tree in our neighborhood that was going through the change. Alas, no. So, we collected other fall like items and enjoyed the warm afternoon. I hope that you have a successful Fall Leaf Walk and that you collect all sorts of treasure to bring home and turn into a beautiful collage. We just had fun talking about what we were looking for, anticipating what might be around the next corner and hanging out together.

Where are the colorful leaves?

See all the pretty green?


While we searched we sang our fall leaves song. I would recommend putting it on a small index card and carrying it with you. I get distracted and would forget the words if I didn't have them written down in front of me. The best part of our walk, besides hanging out, was acting out the song as we sang. I blended a few verses from a couple of songs that I have heard over the years. Enjoy!

The Leaves on The Trees

Tune: "The Wheels on The Bus"

The leaves on the trees turn Orange and Red,

Orange and Red, Orange and Red,

The leaves on the trees turn Orange and Red,

All around the town.

The leaves on the trees are falling down, 
falling down, falling down.

The leaves on the trees are falling down,

All around the town!

The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch!

Crunch, crunch, crunch! Crunch, crunch, crunch!

The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch.

All around the town!

The leaves of the trees go "swish, swish, swish,"

"swish, swish, swish,” “swish, swish, swish,"

The leaves of the trees go "swish, swish, swish"

All around the town!

We'll rake them in a pile and jump right in!

Jump right in, Jump right in!

We'll rake them in a pile and jump right in!

All around the town!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Whole Hearted Holidays - Pumpkin Poem and Books

Songs and poems are a great way to introduce new vocabulary, concepts and grammatical forms. We have enjoyed reading this poem many times over the past few days. She giggles at the end of the poem every time! I have modified the poem slightly since it had an unknown original author and I think it flows a little better this way... hope you like it, too!

Two Pumpkin Seeds
(author unknown)

One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.
A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that!)
But there is something I'll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see...
Now will it grow inside of me?

(I'm so relieved since I have found
That they only grow in the ground!)

We ended our pumpkin celebration with a book called Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell.  It's a sweet story about a family who goes to a pumpkin patch and apple orchard. It is filled with great vocabulary words and concepts. I love the descriptive language she uses that help paint the picture of autumn. "red and yellow leaves," "big, fat turkeys" and "big, orange pumpkin."

We have also read Spot's Harvest by Eric Hill. This is a good book for young children, toddlers and young preschoolers. It's simple but sweet.

If you'd like these books, I have a link to them on Amazon or go check out your local library!


I hope that you and your child enjoy whole heartedly experiencing pumpkins!

Whole Hearted Holidays - Pumpkin Seeds

After our craft project we made roasted pumpkin seeds. We melted some butter in a pan and toasted the seeds. Then we separated the seeds into three different pie plates so that we could have different flavors. We added the spices and other ingredients and roasted them in the oven. Once they were cool we enjoyed tasting the different seeds. Her favorite seeds were the sweet ones!

Always closely supervise children when cooking!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Whole Hearted Holidays - Pumpkin Craft & Decoration

We let the pumpkin seeds dry over night and enjoyed them in a few more activities the next day. We used some simple materials to craft some cute decorations!

What you'll need:
   orange construction paper
   green construction paper scrap
   brown construction paper scrap
   glue stick
   handfull of pumpkin seeds (dry but not cooked)
   orange curling ribbon cut into 3-5" lengths

First, we made a craft project called "Inside my pumpkin..." We added a stem and leaf to the outside of a pumpkin card. Then, we glued some seeds and some orange curling ribbon inside. This allowed us to review the parts of the pumpkin, use some great fine motor skills like glueing and picking up small objects, and practice following directions.

Whole Hearted Holidays - An Introduction to Pumpkins

I want to share with you why I love themes! I have mentioned before that themes allow us to be completely involved in a topic or idea and that we can gain so much language from themes. However, as a mom to a 3 year old, a practicing Speech Language Pathologist and being 6 months pregnant, I am beginning to realize that I can't expect these fabulous theme based learning opportunities to just happen.

I have decided that over the next two months, I am going to be purposefully focused on all of the reasons that I love the holidays and share those wonderful things with my daughter. I am going to be whole hearted about it. I would love for you to join us as we fully engage during a season that can get hectic and at times, out of control. I want to bring it back to the things that are important: spending time together, learning new things and sharing with others.

We are starting our Whole Hearted Holidays with pumpkins.

Monday, November 5, 2012

10 Years Ago

The other day I walked into the school where I currently work and realized that it was 10 years ago that I walked into my first school, Mill Creek Elementary, as a Speech Language Therapist. It is amazing how much I have learned over the past 10 years and how many people have been apart of my adventure in this wonderful field of communication disorders.

Among the most important lessons I have learned are:

Every child is different. We expect children to follow a typical path, and in some respects they do, but each child develops at different rates and in different ways. Each child has likes and dislikes that steer the activities that are engaging to them and help them along their developmental path. Getting to know each child that I have worked with and developing a personalized plan is one of the most rewarding things that I get to do.

Family involvement is very important. How each family interacts with their child effects the progress that the child experiences. Families who are more involved and incorporate the therapy goals into their every day lives will see a child who begins to use the skills they are learning in therapy in their daily interactions.

Themes are awesome! Changing themes each month or every other month helps keep the interest level high. My students are always excited when they come in and see the room is decorated completely differently and try to guess the new theme. I love that I can introduce relevant vocabulary, concepts and experiences. Books and craft projects are great ways to get the theme started, but I also love theme specific games, songs and poems.

There are a few people I want to thank as well. First, Holly Willis, for hiring a young therapist and giving me freedom to learn and practice my skills with her elementary school children. Second, Jocey Gomez, for training me and giving me great support and friendship all of my years in Osceola County. Third, Maureen Donohue, for challenging me to be my best and encouraging me. Of course there is my mom, who while I was studying in college and graduate school would ask about all of the things that I was learning, thus helping me learn by my "teaching" her and in the past few years asking me about new and challenging situations she encounters in her preschool which helps me keep the information that I share with her (and others) relevant and practical.

Thank you to Billy, my wonderful husband and now business partner. I love running our business together and I look forward to meeting the needs of those around us together. Also, to Elizabeth. You make a beautiful model for my blog entries! Thanks for having fun with whatever activities we do together. It has been a joy to watch you grow and learn.

Finally, I give highest thanks and praise to God for laying on my heart more than 16 years ago the desire to be a Speech Language Pathologist and for orchestrating all of the events in my life that have led me right here, right where I know - deep down in my soul - that I am supposed to be. To You, I give all the glory and honor.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Read with Me! Book 24 - The Doorbell Rang

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

I can't believe it's over! This is book 24 (which I forgot to put in the picture but I was concentrating on making sure we got a picture before she started eating!). This has been a great reading adventure with you! Thank you for joining us!

I knew when I first read this book that I wanted it to be the final book in our Read with Me! Adventure. It talks about sharing with others. I hope that I have been able to share some language development activities with you over the past 9 weeks. Now, I wanted to give my daughter the opportunity to share something with others. We decided on the same chocolate chip cookies as in the book (with a few sprinkle cookies, too) and which neighbors we would share them with. This involved quite a bit of planning: ingredients needed, how many people in each home, how to package them to give them away, and when to deliver them...not to mention following the recipe directions!

Read with Me! Book 23 - Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr. (Pictures by Eric Carle)

This book and the others in the same line (like Baby Bear, Baby Bear What Do You See and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear) are some of our favorites. When we have one checked out of the library, we read it so often that she doesn't even need me to read it, she knows what's coming up next before I turn the page. If you read the other "What do you see?" books there are some great action words like slipping, gliding, climbing, flying and strutting. It's fun to try to do those actions while pretending to be the animal!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Read with Me! Book 22 - Planting a Rainbow

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

It was hard to get this book opened...all she wanted to do was look at and talk about the flowers on the cover! I have to say, while reading it I wanted to jump up and look through my seed stash to see which seeds I can plant next! She kind of led the way in our language skill last night. She asked a lot of questions! So, I in turn asked her a variety of questions. What's that? What color is it? Where is the bulb? Which one do you like best? When do we plant? Harvest? There are lots of questions to be asked and answered!

Other language skills are:

Colors: Wow! This book is full of colors and while this would not be the best book to work on using a specific color, it would be a great introduction to colors book or a great review book! When talking about the colors don't forget the brown dirt!

Seasons: The story starts off talking about "every year." If you haven't talked about seasons in the year, this would be a good time to start :) The child in the story talks about what they do in the fall, winter and spring and how they get to enjoy the flowers all summer! And just like the seasons, the story ends with "we know we can grow our rainbow again next year." I would draw pictures of each season with pictures of what gardening activity they did. Or for a super fun (and long activity) take pictures of your family planting a rainbow and doing all of the necessary gardening activities to make your own book!

If you want a few more activities that go along with Planting a Rainbow, check out my pinterest page.

If you'd like to own it for yourself, here is a link to Amazon or go check out your local library!

Read with Me! Book 21 - Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

This book was nostalgic for my husband, so it was fun watching him remember reading it as a child while my daughter was hearing it for the first time. At first I was nervous that the simple pictures and abstract concept (of drawing an adventure that was "actually" happening) would be boring for her. However, she loved it! I started out reading and asking questions as we always do and the first question I asked was "What did he draw?" She said "a moon" - which was a correct answer, but gave me the inspiration to start working on irregular past tense verbs. We have been talking about irregular past tense verbs (where you don't add the -ed to the end of the verb) around our house a lot recently. We have been talking about throw/threw, cut/cut (not cutted!), drink/drank and eat/ate. So, as we read this story we used the word "drew." He drew a moon.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Read with Me! Book 20 - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

This book was the perfect excuse to enjoy a cookie with our evening milk (or in my daughter's case, soy milk). This story is very cute. Actually the whole series of If You Give a... books are wonderful! My favorite part of this book is how it reflects the sequence of events that happen in our daily life. Everyday we go through the same steps of getting milk, getting a straw, getting a napkin, wiping our mouths. We deviate slightly from the story in that she does not get a cookie very often and she does not end up giving herself a haircut when she checks her face for crumbs! But the concept is the same and made me smile as I read it :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Read with Me! Book 19 - Imogene's Antlers

Imogene's Antlers by David Small

We read this story, but I think the concept of a girl growing antlers threw her off at the beginning. We tried to talk about how silly that was and briefly talked about what can really happen and what is pretend (like my daughter isn't really a princess even though she loves to dress up like one). I felt like I had to over emphasize the silliness for the whole story. I think this story is a little too advanced for her, but only a little. I think that children 4 and up would really love this story.

The concept of reality vs. pretend is a very important concept so I am glad that we were able to talk about it. Other language concepts that can be addressed in this story are:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Read with Me! Book 18 - Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

When I told my daughter what book we were reading tonight she was very excited! We have read this story many times in the past. Usually it ends up being a story we read every night for a week or two then we take a break! So we'll see if we end up reading it again tomorrow!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Read with Me! Book 17 - The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

This was the first time that my daughter had heard this book. She was enthralled! She could hardly answer the questions that I asked as we read! Recently at our house we have been talking about making good choices and not opening the door for strangers and safety concerns. So when at the beginning of the story the cat comes walking in, we had a brief discussion on whether or not they should have allowed it. We also discussed whether or not the "games" that he played were good. She thought they were good choices...we obviously need to keep working on that skill!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Read with Me! Book 16 - Harry the Dirty Dog

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

I was so excited when this book was on the best books for kids book lists that I used when I compiled the list of books to read for the Read with Me adventure! I remember reading this story as a child. And isn't that the best part of reading with our kids - letting them experience our favorite childhood memories and adventures?!

Read with Me! Book 15 - Corduroy

Corduroy by Don Freeman

We love this story and have for quite sometime! We talk about different things each time we read this story. When we first started reading this story my daughter was quite young and we focused on the vocabulary in the story, from pointing to objects in the pictures to discussing the meaning of words like "mattress"and "escalator."

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Read with Me! Book 14 - The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdon

At first I was a little nervous that the Troll would scare my daughter (since there are many things that scare her right's a phase, I hope). But she thought he was quite funny so I guess my worries for nothing! We especially loved that they are "Billy" goats since my husband's name is Billy.

Some of the other language concepts that we addressed were:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Read with Me! Book 13 - The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A.Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka

Ok, I love this story (and from the laughs, I know my husband did, too!). But it may be a little too advanced for my 2 1/2 year old. I realized at the start of the story that I may be in a little over her head. It starts off "Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pigs" well, I am not sure I have ever read that story to her. Our favorite part of the story was when the wolf compared eating cute little animals to

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Read with Me! Book 12 - The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

This story is a classic! I haven't read it since I was a child, but the concepts I learned have suck with me! It's all about having a positive attitude and helping others as you are able (and then some!). Reading this as an adult, with a better understanding of the world and people, I realize that the other engines although they are powerful and fancy, they are selfish... and I can use them as an example to my daughter. Other language skills that can be addressed in this book are:

Read with Me! Book 11 - The Napping House

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

We received this book as a gift in a set with Silly Sally and Piggies. We love them all. So much so, that she often goes to bed with one of these to read as she falls asleep. And as cute as this picture is, she did not fall asleep with it...she just wouldn't sit still and smile nicely tonight, so we told her to pretend to sleep. If this was a video you'd hear her "snoring!"

Monday, June 25, 2012

Read with me! Book 8 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Well, we read the book a while ago and of course loved it, but then we lost it. So sad. But I looked in the same spot for the 48th time tonight and apparently that was the trick, because there it was! So, now days later, I am ready to post about it :)

We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar and this one is particularly special since it was a 1st birthday gift to my daughter from my best friend. Thanks Becky! My favorite thing about this book is listening to my daughter "read" it. We were in the car right after we read it last week (this is probably how we misplaced it!) and she was flipping through the story reading it. "And then he ate one apple! And then he ate two pears!... And then he ate a cake, a ice cream, a green thing (a green thing? well, she doesn't eat a lot of pickles!), a cheese, a hey mom, what's this?" It was so precious. It also tuned me into a few vocabulary words we need to work on! Here are some other language skills that you could address while reading this story:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Read with Me! Book 10 - Ten, Nine, Eight

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

As a tribute to the number 10, we took our photo tonight with her toes! This is a sweet, mellow story that helps to relax a child and prepare her for bed. My daughter loved counting all of the items on the pages and talking about some of the concepts on different pages like snow falling outside a window and why a shoe would be missing (only 7 shoes!). We also enjoyed acting out the story starting at 4 with the sleepy eyes, the kisses goodnight and the big hug. Other language skills that we addressed were:

Monday, June 18, 2012

Read with me! Book 9 - Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear by Nancy White Carlstrom

I was afraid that this story would be about different clothing items, just going through each item (although a book like that has value, it's not what I was looking for).  What I found was a delightful look at the day of Jesse Bear and all of the things that he encountered from getting dressed - it does talk about his clothes - to the sun on his legs to sand on his hand to rice in his hair to the dreams in his head.

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