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My daughter learned to read in preschool thanks in large part to Bob Books.
I am not saying that all kids are ready to learn to read in preschool (my son isn’t) or that Bob Books are the only way to learn. I am not even saying it was the only tool we used but I am saying Bob Books were THE tool that took my daughter from pre-reader to reader! Bob Books gave her quick success and confidence.
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I was so totally struck by the perfection of my infant children. It made me want to paint! I even wanted to sculpt their sweet faces in clay (I wonder if anyone can relate?). It is clear, even in just the blog world, that I am not the only one inspired by motherhood. I wanted to see what it was like to create something so beautiful. Not a perfectly rendered copy but I wanted to document what I saw and understand it deeper than you can from just seeing. The way taking notes helps you remember material from a lecture or book.
I have done a lot of bird posts and a lot of book posts but never a bird book post! At least I don’t think… I have told you about my favorite take along guide book and we have another larger guide book with more birds but this is not a field guide or reference book post. In fact between my Golden Guide: Birds and All About Birds online, my identification and basic bird facts needs are covered. Here I have included books to read and enjoy with or about birds!
It is Halloween year round here! My kids just love all things Halloween. My son has a costume catalog full of tape repairs that he peruses on a regular basis. My daughters loves our Halloween book collection and has her favorites at the library too. I don’t remember liking scary things at all as a kid! Isn’t it interesting how kids are like us in lots of ways and not like us at all in others?! Lots of people are attracted to scary things. I wonder why that is?
Even though it is not my favorite, if it gets them reading I am all for it! I supposes if they had nightmares I might think differently. I think it helps to keep it age appropriate.
Introducing the latest visitor to our backyard: the Gray Catbird. I think they are here to stay, for as while, as there are several of them and they seem to be busying nest building. They are thrashers like the Mocking bird and have brought along lots of interesting songs as well as their own unique cat like sound. As you can see they are mostly a dark-ish gray with a long beak and a black cap. They also have a patch of brown under their tail.
When we were kids, my younger sister would gently pick up butterflies by their wings to take a closer look and then let them go. Insects are fascinating to little kids. We have been seeing lots of new insects in the backyard lately including butterflies, bees, and other buzzy things.
As a product designer, I really appreciate their design aesthetic. Their selection of quality furniture is clean and modern yet also warm and inviting. In this list I am going to accessorize my Ultimate Baby Nursery Wishlist selection. I am thinking of my furniture picks as the foundation and here I am going to bring this baby nursery to life and give it personality. This is REALLY the fun part!
Star Balloon (pen & ink on marker paper, colorized in Gimp)
The other day I saw a star shaped red star balloon escaping in the sky. Later I drove by an open house with the same red balloons out front. Even so I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of childhood’s biggest disappointments.
Along with your ice cream scoop toppling off its cone and onto the ground, accidentally letting go of a balloon is right up there with the major tragic events of childhood!
Are you in charge of the shopping and cooking for your family? You do dread it? Do you find it hard to shop with kids or have trouble finding time to go solo? Do you spend too much on impulse buys and forget crucial items even though they are on your list?
Having your groceries delivered could be for you!
I have recently started having my groceries delivered again and I am rediscovering all its advantages!