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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Wings, Horns, and Claws: A Dinosaur Book of Epic Proportions by Christopher Wormell Why we love this book: Once again our book GIVEAWAY is in honor of MacGyver’s love for all things prehistoric. The author, Christopher Wormell, brings prehistoric creatures to life through his award-winning linoleum-block print illustrations. The layout […]


Alphabet Guides: The WINNER

November 29, 2010

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Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 3 Timestamp: 2010-11-29 14:20:30 UTC Congratulations Robin # 3 Robin November 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm My favorite alphabet book is the A,B,C’s of the sea. There are more ABC books out there but I like that one the best. Contact us at our email: winner at […]


Post image for Now I Know My ABC’s: FREE Printable Alphabet Guides

We’re GIVING AWAY FREE printable Alphabet Guides. Look for the printable link at the end of this post. We’re also GIVING AWAY a set of  professionally printed of Alphabet Guides. Research shows that there are three simple indicators that build strong early literacy foundations in young children: 1. Children engaged in conversation with adults. 2. […]


Post image for Journal Writing and Art Inspiration from “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert

Look close. Look close. What do you see? I see a tall giraffe looking at me. I see myself standing on a hill. After reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, Grandson # 3 was inspired to gather leaves and create his own leaf collage. He created the collage featured above and brought it to his […]


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Book of the week GIVEAWAY: Frogs by Nic Bishop and See How They Grow: Frog by DK (*with stickers) Why we love these books: We love all of Nic Bishop’s nonfiction books full of amazing photos and interesting facts. Children love his books. See How They Grow: Frog teaches the life cycle of a frog […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Move Over Rover by Karen Beaumont Why we love this book: First, Move Over Rover is a new and creative twist on the traditional tale of The Mitten. This time Rover is in the dog house as a fall storm blows into the neighborhood. Soon a cumulative story begins of […]


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Do you scrapbook? I don’t. When MacGyver and Miss Enigma were born I bought each a scrapbook and all the trimmings to scrap away about their first year of life. I did two pages in MacGyver’s before he was born and I didn’t do any pages in Miss Enigma’s. I know, I win the shameful […]


Post image for 5 Lessons Children Learn From Writing Thank-You Notes

I have an ancient copy of Amy Vanderbilt’s Everyday Etiquette. Even thought I’ve had it over 20 years, I’ve never actually opened it up and read any of the pages. But I’m sure somewhere in there, it informs us that it is proper etiquette to send thank-you notes. So along with cooking and doing his […]


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Book of the week GIVEAWAY: Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes Last week we highlighted 10 easy steps to introduce journal writing to children. Okay, no beating around the bush this week. As adults, most of us have unrealistic expectations of children. We hand them a journal and expect them to start writing. And even worse, […]


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Book GIVEAWAY: I Like Me by Nancy Carlson and I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont and a Journal to get started. Book GIVEAWAY information at end of post. When I was in seventh grade, our teacher introduced journal writing to our Language Arts class. Well it really wasn’t an introduction at all! We all had […]


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Most teachers and parents we know sing with their children. We like to combine singing with shared writing to create song adaptations. One of our favorite sing-along songs is I Love the Mountains. Jeannine fell in love with this song at a Bill Martin workshop 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve been singing this  simple […]