Week at a Glance
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
- Step-by-Step DIY Mommy & Me Journal
- Encourage Journal Writing
- Create a Personalized Keepsake
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Big Hugs, Little Hug by Felicia Bond
Why we love this book:
A Mommy & Me Journal deserves a sweet Mommy & Me book. Big Hugs, Little Hugs was included in our list of 10 New Favorite Read Aloud Books. Yep, it’s that sweet! Of course we all know Felicia Bond as the bestselling artist of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Her adorable book Big Hugs, Little Hugs is for the wee little ones in our audience. The simple opposites text invites little ones to chime in as you read aloud.
The totally unique collage art shows quite a variety of animals hugging. Take a peek at the illustrations. They are bold and beautiful and fabulously different. The illustrations are definitely worth sharing with older children.
The message about the universal language of love is plain and simple . . . Everyone hugs . . . all over the world.
Mommy & Me Journal
I saw the idea for a Mommy & Me Journal at It’s Always Autumn and knew it was definitely something I wanted to do with my kiddos. The Mommy & Me Journal is a place for Mommy & Kiddo to write notes back and forth to one another. MacGyver and I have done something similar in his Reading Response Journal and he absolutely loves writing back and forth. When I introduced the concept to MacGyver and Miss Enigma, they both went wild over the idea.
This is certainly not exclusively a homeschool project! If my children attended school this idea would be even more inviting! A simple way to correspond and stay connected with my child, while encouraging informal journal writing.
- plain journal or spiral
- art supplies of choice
- I searched quite a while before finding these random journals at Marshalls. I wanted a cover on which we could draw. I was about to bind my own with chipboard covers at a local copy shop. Thank you Marshalls! The letters on the journals were a bit random but with our creativity we made them work.
Step 1: Plan a Design on Paper
- I let each of the children create their own design.
- The one requirement was that the design must included both of our hands (Mommy & Kiddo).
- Miss Enigma went for a design with hearts while MacGyver created a flower and a hummingbird.
Step 2: Draw Design on Cover with a Pencil
Mommy & Me Journal, Miss Engima, age 6
Step 3: Outline Design in Marker
Mommy & Me Journal, MacGyver, age 10
Step 4: Put Final Touches on Design
- MacGyver used both marker and colored pencil on his design
Mommy & Me Journal Covers
Miss Enigma and MacGyver
Mommy & Me Journal, MacGyver, age 10
Step 5: Write a Note to Mommy
- Get ready to write! My kiddos are quite eager to write and exchange notes!
- I never correct the children’s writing in their Mommy & Me Journal.
- These journals are simply for fun and for bonding between Mommy & kiddos.
Step 6: Place Journal on Mommy’s Bed When Ready to Trade Notes
Step 7: Mommy Puts Journal on Kiddo’s Bed When Ready to Trade Notes
Step 8: Read, Write and Repeat!
Both of the kiddos are enthusiastic about trading notes with Mommy. This has been a fun way to encourage journal writing.
I know that these journals will become a special keepsake for both me and the kiddos. I also hope this type of informal journal correspondence will keep communication open as they get older and enter the elusive teenage years.
We’re GIVING AWAY one Hard Cover copy of Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.
Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Did you keep a journal or diary when you were a kid? Do you still journal now? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, September 29, 2013
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, September 30, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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