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Best Books for Kids that Introduce New Baby to Siblings

Now I have to give a disclaimer: I clearly have not gotten this right because my middle daughter still asks why we thought having a third child was a good idea. She thinks that we should have stopped while we were ahead. Read more…

Best Picture Books That Teach Counting

Picture Books for Counting

I remember how much I enjoyed a counting book with a twist. I do completely believe in the power of picture books to teach math concepts but I do need a little something extra as I am reading the book for the tenth time. My own counting picture book library was not too robust so I trolled through a 4 foot stack of counting books to find these treasures.  I hope that you and your child enjoy them. What are your favorite counting books? Please leave a comment and I’ll keep adding to this list. Read more…

How To: Teach Manners to Kids

Best Books for Kids on Good Manners

My husband grew up in a military family so good manners was a really big deal and he has beautiful manners. He’s not from the South, but he’s even got the Sir/Ma’am thing down. Manners are so important to him, or rather, bad manners are so offensive to him, that I refer to him as the Manners Nazi.

I, on the other hand, was raised by parents a generation older than my peer’s parents. My husband thinks I was raised by wolves. Naturally, responsibility for teaching our kids manners is all him. After he stayed home with our first, the outcome was so positive that I tried to emulate what he did. And, as our children have ventured off on independent play dates, sleepovers, and dinners at other people’s houses, it was clear to us how important instilling manners at a VERY YOUNG age is. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Read more…

How To: Learn Two or More Languages at Home

Tips on Promoting Two or More Languages at Home

Here  are some tips for those able to introduce more than one foreign language to your kids at home.  It’s from Cantarima, makers of foreign languages DVDs.

In today’s increasingly multicultural world, many children hear two or more languages being spoken on a daily basis.  Studies have shown that children that grow up with more than one language outperform their peers in verbal and non-verbal skills, and perform better on standardized tests.  Plus as they become adults, they will have competitive advantages in the workplace.  So how should parents encourage language development of two or more languages? Read more…

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Top 10: Caldecott Winners 2000-2010 & My Caldecott Collection

Best Illustrated Picture Books: Caldecott Winners

I went on a quest to improve my Caldecott collection and bought these 5 books last month for a surprising sum of only $50 as they were all on sale at Amazon for nearly 50% off. We are all enjoying them now. Read more…

DVD of Spanish Children’s Songs

Spanish Songs for Kids

I asked So Smart! if they would send me their Spanish DVDs to try out and they were nice enough to send me Baby’s Beginnings: Spanish.  It so happened that today is our Spanish lesson day and I pick my tutor up from the subway stop near my house, so I was able to play the DVD in my car (of course, the screen is behind us so we can’t see anything) to ask her about the accents.  (That is all I care about; just get my kids to pronounce the words with a decent accent.)  Read more…

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Top 10: Favorite Duck Picture Books

Best Children’s Books with Ducks

What is it about ducks in picture books that always seems so appealing? Are ducks really so unusually clever as portrayed in these books? Or charismatic? Or just sweet and fluffy? I think all of the above is true! I found myself reading a pile of duck featured picture books to my son one night when he randomly brought me a small pile that included Duck for President and Duck on a Bike. And then I started the list in earnest.

Turns out that it’s quite hard to find 10 excellent duck picture books so I had to add Little Bear, technically an easy reader to get 10. I hope that is OK with you! I guess what is stranger is that I happen to own most of these books and yet, no one in my family enjoys eating duck. Maybe that is what happens when you attach to an anthropomorphic character as appealing as a duck. My family also does not like to eat chicken. I wonder if we have 10 excellent picture books featuring chickens … stay tuned! How about you? What animal picture books are you reading over and over? Dogs, cats, mice, ducks, chickens?… Please share your favorites!

 

10. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

A classic tale for Bostonians and any visitors with children about the ducklings that come to live at the Boston Public Garden. There are bronze sculptures at the Boston Public Garden, worn shiny on top by the bottoms of visiting children who love to sit and pose on them.

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Dr. Seuss’ Unfinished Manuscript and Other Finds

Celebrating Dr. Seuss!

It happened AGAIN this year. I forgot Dr. Seuss’ birthday so I am updating my post from last year and will try harder this year. I did spend the last year reviewing the really excellent iPad/iPhone ebooks by OceanHouse Media who has the exclusive license for Dr. Seuss. Here are my son’s favorites (he’s six but started playing on these apps since he was 4). Read more…

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FREE Books for Kids

Children’s Book Giveaway

I am attempting to join the Second Hand Saturday Mr. Linky group even though it might be for Young Adult and Teen readers.  I hope they don’t mind.  Sometimes these little technical issues really kick my butt and I get very frustrated trying to figure it out.  So, let’s pretend that it works, even if it doesn’t. And if  I don’t actually pull off Mr. Linky, then who cares, I’ll still keep doing this and mailing out the books. Read more…