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Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…the week’s theme is SIMPLICITY.
The media would have us believe that our children NEED more stuff…electronic gadgets and expensive toys for example…to make them smarter and happier people.
Our children need more of our time, love and positive participation.
Do you want to help your young children succeed in school?
Do you want to develop their literacy skills?
Do you want to build their self-esteem?
Spend time with them doing SIMPLE activities like crafting or cooking.
Do you remember the ‘6 items or less’ craze that was popular about two years ago? The theory of ‘less is more’ is not a new one. It can be a wonderful way to start this New Year. Applying an attitude of simplicity to one’s life does help because it:
- Cuts down on stress
- Saves money
- Encourages an appreciation for what one has
- Strengthens the bond between parent and child
- Alleviates the disconnect that often takes place in families today
Do you want to have a great time with your young child?
Grab some construction paper (plain white copy paper works just fine) and a couple of markers or crayons.
Sit down with your child at the kitchen table or on the floor.
Each of you can draw a picture or a design.
If you want to turn it into a simple arts and crafts project, add a pair of scissors (safety ones with blunted tips if you want a young child to be doing some of the cutting) and a glue stick.
Cut shapes out of one paper and glue them onto another paper.
Talk with your child about what you are both creating.
Hang up the completed art work.
WOW! Less than 15 minutes of your time equals a happy young child.
If you’d like a great resource book chock-filled with simple craft activities AND lots of picture book suggestions, please check out my book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. Most of the activities (picture book reading, easy craft project, child-friendly recipe) take less than 15 minutes to do. There are several wonderful new reviews on Amazon…I hope you will check them out.
Bring simplicity into your life for the New Year…the reward will be priceless.
Want more information about Jake’s Sunday Post?
- Sunday Post: Peaceful…How to Create a Peaceful Home (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
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Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review.
The holiday season is upon us…I know that many bloggers have been reviewing holiday-themed books. Here’s one that looks like a Christmas-type book, but what it celebrates is a child who learns to speak up for herself and overcome her fears. This ties in with Universal Children’s Day which was started by the United Nations almost 60 years ago this week. Millions of children all over the world lack the basic rights they are entitled to…nourishing food, clean water, an education, a safe environment in which to grow up in and parents who believe in them and are able to provide these things.
Sofia and the Heartmender
Written and illustrated by Marie Olofsdotter
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (reprinted 2007…original edition 1995)
Ages: 5 and up
Speaking up for oneself, self-esteem, overcoming fears, respecting onself, creative expression, night terrors, parental support.
From Amazon and Book Review:
”Sofia’s heart is broken in two when adults refuse to take her fears seriously. Parents and teacher alike trivialize the shadow monsters that follow her, but a wise dog guides her through a magical world where she meets the Heartmender. During the journey, Sofia confronts her fears, which then disappear, and the Heartmender heals Sofia’s heart with moonlight. Back in the real world, stronger with renewed self-esteem and confidence, Sofia makes her feelings known to the adults and asks that they be respected. Olofsdotter has created a rich and inspiring story by carefully crafting a dynamic between text and illustrations. Richly colored and exquisitely detailed, the illustrations add information and evoke the mythical time and space where the wounded self is healed. A book to be enjoyed at various levels by young and older children alike.”
Why do I like this book:
I love the message in this story…a child learns to overcome her fears and speak up for herself, gaining a positive self-image. This is a story about a strong capable young girl and would be a wonderful book to help parents understand how important it is to listen to their children and take what they say seriously. It also points out that teachers often expect children to ‘color within the lines’…instead of encouraging creative expression in every child. I also love the illustrations and ethnicity of the characters…from the look of the main characters and the surroundings, I get the feeling that the story is placed in Mexico or South America.
HEARTMENDER ORNAMENT #1
If you are looking for a VERY easy heartmender ornament, try this one.
Photo courtesy: http://www.apples4theteacher.com
You will need: 1 piece of red construction paper, 1 piece of red tissue paper, several cotton balls, glue, scissors, piece of ribbon, hole puncher.
- Cut the red construction paper into a heart shape.
- Pull the cotton balls apart and glue pieces around the heart edge.
- Tear the tissue paper into small pieces. Crumbple each piece and glue inside the heart shape.
- Punch a hole in the top middle and thread the ribbon through so the heart can be hung up. Make sure you put your child’s name and the date on the back of the ornament…in later years you will look back and remember when it was made.
HEARTMENDER ORNAMENT #2
If you want a heartmender ornament that is a little more complicated, please visit: http://www.craftideas.info/html/swedish_paper_heart.html
You will find materials needed and a video tutorial.
Photo and instructions courtesy: www.craftideas.info
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA
Young children don’t need fancy electronic gadgets…they only need a good picture book, a few simple inexpensive art supplies (like paper, crayons or markers, safety scissors and glue stick) and your positive participation. If you are looking for a great resource that will give you 100 picture book summaries and easy matching craft (like the diorama above) and cooking activities, you can purchase a copy on Amazon of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. At $24.95, this book makes a PERFECT gift for any parent or teacher of children ages 2-8…as well as for daycare providers and grandparents. No batteries required…powered by a child’s imagination! Buy your copy today! My website is still offering free shipping AND a beautiful hand-crafted fabric bookmark…limited time only! Offer ends December 30th!
Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is CONCEPT, which the dictionary defines as “a guiding general principle that determines how a person behaves.
What concepts…or guiding principles…are we teaching our children?
I watched an old Andy Griffith Show last night called, “Opie’s Newspaper”.
Young Opie has trouble getting customers for the little newspaper he and his friend have published and his dad advises him to use the daily city paper as a model and write stories that will be of interest to the general public.
Looking through the city paper, Opie realizes that the stories that are of interest to the adults in his town are the ones filled with scandalous gossip…so, in his little newspaper, Opie reports all the tidbits from conversations he has overheard. Fortunately, his dad reads what he has written before many of the town’s residents get a copy and they destroy the newspapers before anyone’s feeling are hurt.
His dad asks him why he wrote such stuff. Opie replies, “When I put in the nice stories, nobody wanted to buy it.”
That episode was filmed over fifty years ago…but times certainly haven’t changed. If anything, they have gotten worse. Many people LOVE to hear juicy tidbits about famous people. It seems that hearing horrible things about ANYONE seems to be a national pastime around the world. That’s why all of those court shows and expose shows like Jerry Springer and Morey Povich are so popular!
As parents, we have to remember what the pencil maker said to the pencil before he put it in the box, “Everything you do will always leave a mark.” Our children are like a piece of blank paper…and the concepts or principles we teach will have a lasting impact on them and will determine how they behave.
As Opie’s Aunt Bea said, “If we want the boys to behave better, we’d better set them a better example.”
What example are you setting when it comes to gossip?
Are you done with your holiday shopping? Do you want to make a positive impact on your young child?
Please remember that Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking is a super cool book and makes a PERFECT GIFT:
- For parent, teacher, grandparent or daycare provider of children ages 2-8!
- Provides 100 classic picture book story suggestions!
- Gives a summary, age-appropriate craft and simple recipe for each title!
- A great resource for fun-filled educational self-esteem building activities!
- No fuss or muss…everything is quick and easy!
- Buy the book today and help several children’s organizations!
- We donate a portion of the proceeds to Reach Out and Read, JDRF, KidsAreHeroes, Books for Africa and BesstheBookBus.
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“A wonderful resource for people who care for their children.” – Norman Bridwell, creator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog series
“What a lovely book! Parents will find inspiration in this delightful guide.” – Katherine Holabird, author of the Angelina Ballerina series
“I wish Show Me How had existed when my children were young.” – Suzanne Williams, author of the Princess Power series and over 20 other books
“Show Me How is an must-have resource for parents and teachers.” – Marilee Gruber, kindergarten teacher and grandmother
“Fun and practical for anyone fostering self-esteem in children.” = Joan Fleischer, co-founder of Creative Arts Therapy Center, New York City
“Invaluable tool for children to become life-long readers and lovers of books.” – Dr. Jodi Harap, clinical psychologist, Chicago, IL
Don’t wait…buy your copy today to make sure you get it in time for the holidays!
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