The Great Recession is finally over and dads finally get what is due to them after putting their own needs on the back burner for the past few years. How about you? Are the dads and grandfathers in your life getting an upgrade in presents this year? Please feel free to share your ideas for gifts too!
Meet my creative friends! These talented photographers and artists are colleagues from work, mom and dad friends, and fitness class friends. Some came to discover their creativity later in life, others knew they wanted to do this since they were small. There is one thing they all have in common: passion for their work! Oh yes, and game!
I need this list for my oldest who loves adventure fantasy books like the Harry Potter series. I can’t keep up, so I was glad to find this list from The Telegraph in the United Kingdom for her summer reading. I’ll keep you posted on which of these books she liked. Is it me, or am I the only one who thinks that the Brits read and write more and, frankly better than Americans? Could it be the weather that keeps them indoors more and cozy by the fire with a book? I’m not sure but I do find that they are a nation of readers.
The words for Week 11 are from the picture book, Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett. I noticed that in my son’s Kindergarten room, the teacher or maybe literacy specialist, mounts a special poster with the cover of book and the list of vocabulary words from the book. They have a time called “Text Talk” where they read the story and talk about the big words. The words stay up all year so the children can look at them. Sometimes, the words come home via a handout to the parents in my child’s backpack, but times are tough and I think they are conserving on paper so I copied these words from the posters and made up the sentences myself. I find that this post is very popular so I will continue it on my own as my child is moving on first grade next year.
My vet sent me these warm weather safety tips for my dog and other pets. This is my first dog, so like a new parent, I am trying to educate myself to make sure I keep my dog alive and safe. Some of these hot weather tips were new to me and it gets hot here in New England so I am glad he sent them to me. Oops on the dog shaving. I did do this a month ago to help with the ticks but the shave was a little too close. Next time I will ask for the “long shave” which just learned about. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks after all!
While not all these books are from when I was young, they all have an old fashioned innocent feel. In fact, my number one pick, Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin reminds me so much of my favorite Little Bear series in that it has a tight story line that is both silly and sweet. Easy readers are a rite of passage for both kids and parents. I remember searching for easy readers that were not mind numbingly boring as both parent and child are attached at the hip during this period of literacy.
Thank you to everyone who sent in photos. I love seeing kids caught in the act of reading and hope that it inspires you to keep your kids reading this summer! I will be posting a slew of reading lists for anyone who needs inspiration while at the library. Thank you again everyone for your support for this feature! I can’t do it without you!
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Capability:Mom gave me her summer camp newsletter because there is a boy there who all the kids go to when they need a good book recommendation. The kids think he is a kind of genius boy wonder that knows pretty much everything on the planet. I believe he is in middle school. He was kind enough to write up his book recommendations for the newsletter and I have retyped it for you. I love peer to peer book recommendations. Who better to know what you will like than your friend?!