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Special Event for your kids!

0002493_jonathan_james_and_the_whatif_monster_300One of our favorite author/illustrators, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt provides an online live story hour every Wednesday evening for anyone who wants to come.  She does this as a free service to the many children nationwide who have connected with her via school visits, but guess what? She LOVES spending time with kids and it makes her so happy to “see” lots of kids during these events. She doesn’t care how you found her. She just wants to love on the kids.
0008680_dog_and_mouse_300If you have preschool and elementary-aged children, you’re welcome to join her every Wednesday as she reads her books live and delights in the wonderful world of children. Share this with other families too. Be early to Story Time so you don’t miss anything. You might even win something extra special for attending! Here’s the link for Story Time and here’s the link for Michelle’s current titles that we offer. Once you meet her, whether “live” at Story Time or in person for a school visit, you’ll be excited to find out what she’s coming out with next. Maybe she’ll share during Story Time.

Simple and easy birthday party idea

Does your child love to read?  Here’s a simple and easy 3-step idea for a child’s birthday party or themed gathering.  You love easy, right?  12378457-happy-children-cartoon-sitting-on-the-floor-while-reading-books

STEP 1 – Contact Me to Set Your Party Date

I’ll set up your Facebook Event page and plan occasional posts and pics to get everyone excited about your special day.  You can start inviting people right away (moms and kids) or I can do that for you.  I’m happy to help!

STEP 2 – Use Birthday Party Invitations as Reminder Cards

Kids love to get mail so we can make them feel really special and remind their moms about the party at the same time.  Email me a quick guest list with addresses and I’ll take care of this for you too.

STEP 3 – Prepare as You Normally Would for the Birthday Party (but it’s even easier then that!)

Order a cake and mix up some punch or lemonade.  That’s it!images

What makes this so simple?

1.  You don’t need to buy party favors for the guests.  All the kids will be getting new books so you don’t have to stress about shopping for them and you don’t have the stress on your wallet either.

2.  The guests don’t have to shop for a present for your child so no stress for them either.

3.  Your child gets to pick out all the free books earned so they get exactly what they want.  No more gifts to return, no more acting like they like it when they don’t, no more getting gifts that they already have.

4.  You can easily arrange for party games or a sleepover after the shopping time is done, or send them all home if sleepovers aren’t your thing.  In any case, you get a chance to get to know your child’s friends and their parents a little better.  And in today’s fast-paced world, that’s always a good thing.

Set your date today.  If you are not in my area but still want to do this, contact me and I’ll find an Usborne Books & More rep in your area.

 

 

I remember having some of these art books a long time ago but now, I think you have to be looking for them.  I haven’t run across something like this in my local grocery store book selection lately.  These are so much fun you’ll probably want to join in.  I’ve included a video of the Magic Painting Book.  You just have to see it for yourself.

Isn’t that delightful?  I wish the background music could be included with every book purchased  as well!

0005374_300For the more advanced artist who appreciates the beauty of  intricate patterns we offer seven titles which yield countless hours of creative pleasure.  Choose from Art Deco Patterns, Celtic Patterns, Christmas Patterns and 0006965_300more.  One reviewer states that when shared, these books are not only relaxing, but a bonding experience.  At only $5.99, you can purchase an extra one for yourself to provide a calming respite from the hustle and bustle.

What are your kids doing this summer?

As the school year winds down you may be wondering how you’ll keep your kids active and engaged this summer  There are many options but camps and childcare can be so expensive.  One idea is to have your own Summer Brain Camp with a small group of like-minded families.  It isn’t as difficult as you’d think and you’ll probably spend only a fraction of what you’d spend on other activities.  Ask around and you may find more parents than you expected who have the same concerns.  
0008156_300I can help you find the resources you need to pull it off.  For example, you could get together once a week for simple and fun science experiments like the ones in 365 Science Activities or 101 Science Experiments.  0000419_300The activities usually involve common materials you’d find in your own home or at a nearby dollar store. Each family can take a turn directing the science activity, or one organized person can be your Camp Director and the other families can chip in snacks and drinks.  The possibilities are endless.
0000533_300If you have free spirited kids, we can help inspire the artistically minded.  The Art Treasury is unique in the way it “combines dazzling art from around the world with exciting projects to do that will inspire every young artist. It includes 0001343_famous_artists_book_of_il_300famous European paintings, delicate Japanese prints and traditional African masks, and each work of art is followed by a project influenced by the artist’s methods or ideas.” (from the catalog)  Pair it with The Usborne Book of Famous Artists to delve deeper into the lives of thirty-five of the world’s most talented artists.

Visit the website for yourself or get in touch for more summer ideas.  I’m here to help you find what you’re looking for.

Teach Your Monster to Read…our FREE online game for kids

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Did you know…

the British founder of Usborne Books Publishing, Peter Usborne, and his two adult children have developed a free online game through their charitable fund, the Usborne Foundation?  Created by reading experts and gaming professionals, this game has been available to kids around the world for four years now and your kids can use a PC or laptop and  join the fun too.  A downloadable App is also available for a small fee.

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Get more information at TeachYourMonstertoRead.com .  Read the reviews, join the blog, try the demos or start a free account.  Available for use both in home or at school, this is another tool you can use to make reading fun for your kids.  Get started today!

 

14990_674085702720200_1598832175211752452_nFull credit to Adam and Misti Yerton who own this wonderful clock, and have provided a guide to how it was made – http://imgur.com/a/KUyfg

I thought it would be fun to use your child’s favorite books and put it up in their room. As their favorites change, you can change out the books. Adam and Misti’s version has a plain white face for now but you could spruce that up according to your child’s personality and make changes to the look of the clock face as they grow.

This is an excellent idea! (I didn’t come up with it)

(See the full post at http://www.artbarblog.com/inspire/make-mornings-better/  for suggestions to try with your child’s specific personality.  I am sharing only a portion of this wonderful piece.  Diane)

Make Mornings Better {through patience + planning}

Make Mornings Better {through patience + planning}

Last year, I made a chart of sorts for my one that just cannot get her body moving in the morning. It wasn’t really a chart as much as a way for her to visually see what she needed to do. This totally worked for us. It helped her understand and grasp the fact that the mornings were hers to own (or hers to ruin). By taking me out of the equation, she actually did everything she needed to do because she was in control. We had this chart up for no more than two weeks and then it wasn’t needed anymore. Why it took me 4 years to figure this out is a mystery.

DIY good morning chart ~ teach kids to own their day | artbarblog.com

Make your own Good Morning chart:

shoe box lid / scissors / piece of cardboard / white glue / markers or paint / photos of your child doing the things that need to get done

I simply cut a shoebox lid in half and glued it to a piece of cardboard. I decorated it for her because she was honestly not into this idea at all. She thought it was “babyish”. But I convinced her by telling her that it would make mommy not have to talk to her at all! She liked that idea. We took photos of her in the midst of her morning tasks. All she had to do was move the photos from one pocket to another. She still is slow to get up, but she knows what to do and that if she doesn’t do it, I will have to speak to her (are you getting the picture that she is not a morning person?).

Is there ever a better time for this new title?

Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy.  What could be more fitting to teach our children?  This book starts with a note to the reader;

“Congratulations!
Now that you have this incredible book, you automatically qualify for membership in the worldwide “kindness club” – a secret society of undercover agents with a common purpose: 0006941_do_nice_be_kind_spread_happy_300to spread happiness, smiles, magic, and a bit of mischief throughout our world. By committing acts of ninja niceness.
And do you know the most powerful thing about your acts of kindness? Kind acts make people happy, and happy people are nice to others, so the movement grows and grows.”

What follows are pages and pages of activities, a total of eighty different activities, that kids can do to spread happiness and kindness in their piece of the world.  Doesn’t everyone want to make a difference?  Start a Kindness Club at school or make acts of kindness the focus for just your own family.  For more about this title click here.