Friday, April 5th, 2013
The Story of The Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers is one of our favorite seasonal books to read at the beginning of spring. It tells a short tale of the root children who live under the earth waiting for spring to arrive so that they can decorate the earth with their colors and spirits. My two love to imagine the tiny root children busily preparing for the green shoots and warm days ahead. If your library doesn’t own a copy, you might want to suggest that they do!
We’re off to warm our cheeks in the sunshine.
Categories: Bookshelf, Everyday Fun | Tags: arrival, book, child, children, color, decorate, earth, library, read, spring, sunshine
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
It is a rainy, gray day in Massachusetts, my younger daughter has a day off of school and I’m reminded that we are entering the season of long damp days. In preparation, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my new educational craft book, Show Me a Story, with you! It is a curriculum rich book with projects and activities that nurture children’s natural inclination to tell their own imaginative stories and it is meant to be an inspiring companion for anyone who does creative work with children. With 40 creative projects and activities, my hope is that it will help to entertain children as well as spark their creative minds.
So far, it has won four awards including a Dr. Toy 2012 Best Picks and a 2012 Family Choice award. Oh my! Very exciting. I’d love to hear what all of you lovely readers you think! If you would like to peek or learn more, you can find more information here.
I’m off to get cozy on the couch with my daughter and a pile of Story Stones. Then, we’re off to an afternoon of disco roller skating. Does it get any better than that?
Categories: Bookshelf, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Must Read | Tags: activity, award, book, classroom, craft, creative, curriculum, educational, imaginative, neuburger, parent, project, show me a story, stories, story stones, teacher
Friday, December 14th, 2012
1. Abby Glassenberg’s adorable mice softies make me smile! She posted this sweet design on her blog few years ago where she offers a free pattern for all to enjoy. Awesome, right?
2. Shirley Link is a new girl detective series that my daughter is crazy about. This is an amazing series, my friends! Your kids will be hooked and you’ll feel realllllly good about it. Visit author Ben Zackheim’s blog for more details and information.
3. Oooooh! A Book Page Star Garland! I have a thing for crafts made from dilapidated books.
4. This lovely wreath ornament uses left-over bits of yarn and fiber. Easy and beautiful! via craftycrow
5. LOVE these prints. (love, love, love)
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Bookshelf, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Holiday, Literacy | Tags: book, cute, favorite things, five, free, garland, holiday, mice, pattern, print, softies, star
Monday, November 19th, 2012
1. These Fall Harvest Necklaces by Ariana of Crow Roosters Crow make me smile. (Use a thimble!)
2. This chalkboard design asks family members to keep track of what they are thankful for.
3. Fruit stickers for your sweet pie’s lunch box.
4. Catherine’s Chewy Cherry Granola Bars look incredible, and are on my list of healthy snacks to make for the children’s lunchboxes.
5. The Forgiveness Garden, by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Christy Hale, is a beautiful new picture book with a hopeful message towards peaceful conflict resolution.