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Sunday Post: Captivating
Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge…today’s theme is CAPTIVATING.
The dictionary definition of captivating: attracting, influencing and holding by excellence or charm.
The excellence of a book is captivating.
The charm of a child is captivating.
What captivates you?
Captivate your child by reading excellent picture books. Studies show that children who are read to every day have greater success in school. They enter kindergarten understanding 20,000 words or more of vocabulary as opposed to 5000 words or less. And the children who are behind almost NEVER make up the gap.
“In 1950 the average spoken vocabulary of a child entering first grade was 4000 words. By 1990 this figure had dropped to 1000 words. Why? Because children are not read to and do not have very much quality interaction with their parents. Plus they do not pick up new words at play with their peers. And it is hard for two tired, working parents or a single parent to do much with their children at the end of the day. Many kids are simply placed in front of the TV while mom and/or dad get supper ready.” – Yale-New Haven Teacher’s Institute
Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking can help! Click this link if you would like a copy! The book makes it easy to pinpoint the best books to read. It gives parents arts and crafts activities that are quick and easy. And it provides simple healthful recipes that you can make with your child. Captivate your kid, encourage creative expression and, most of all, have fun together!
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Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is PEACEFUL.
Surroundings can be peaceful…many people find that being near quiet water helps relieve stress.
Children engaged in a craft activity can be peaceful.
Many years ago, when my own kids were young, I operated a home daycare. People couldn’t believe that there were six children in the house because the house seemed so peaceful.
The children were always engaged in one activity or another…listening at a picture book; building with blocks; telling a story with the flannel board; working on a puzzle; drawing or painting a picture.
The house wasn’t silent…but the sounds of busy children, happily engaged in activities are PEACEFUL sounds.
Do you have young children?
Is your home a peaceful one?
It’s important for parents to provide those types of activities for their kids.
But it is difficult. Parents are busy with other responsibilities. Some parents aren’t sure what activities are best to do with their children. Others don’t know how to plan a balanced and harmonious day.
That’s why Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cookingis such a super cool book.
- It gives parents those types of activities.
- It gives parents a simple hour-by-hour plan that can be modified for each individual family’s situation.
- It gives parents 100 picture book suggestions that will develop better literacy skills.
- It gives parents 100 quick and easy craft projects that will build self-esteem.
- It gives parents 100 child-friendly healthful cooking activities that will encourage fussy eaters to try new foods.
- No expensive materials…just paper, scissors, markers and a glue stick.
- No planning…the activities are quick and easy…no muss…no fuss.
- Buy the book today and help several children’s organizations because we donate a portion of the book sales.
- The list price is $44.95…you can purchase it on my website for $24.95 and get THREE BONUS GIFTS: FREE SHIPPING, A HAND-CRAFTED FABRIC BOOKMARK FOR YOU AND A BRAND-NEW PENCIL FOR YOUR CHILD.
A local woman who makes beautiful quilts created these awesome bookmarks for me…she donates her profits to a family shelter, so this is a win-win-win for everyone…she used three different pieces of fabric for each…here’s a close-up so you can see the lovely detail.
Don’t wait…buy your copy today to make sure you get it in time for the holidays!
Start the New Year with a plan for a more peaceful home.
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Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is ARCHITECTURE.
I held my mother’s hand as we approached the impressive façade of the eight-story building, my older sister excitedly chattering about the dress she was going to buy to wear at her junior high school graduation. Located in downtown Brooklyn, Abraham & Strauss was a well-known department store with floors and floors of the finest merchandise.
Taking the elevator to the eighth floor, we entered a paradise for book lovers! Wall-to-wall books…and in between…tables and tables of books. Admonishing me to stay there and find something to read, my mother and sister left for the dress department.
Perhaps you are shocked and horrified that any mother would leave a nine-year old girl alone in a department store in New York City. Looking back on the experience, I’m also surprised that she did…but it was another time…over 50 years ago…and people felt a lot safer, even though perhaps they weren’t.
I wandered around, happy as a clam (are clams happy?), picking up this book and that book and just reveling in the ecstasy of having so many books at my disposal. I finally choose LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott, one of my favorites.
I sat down on the floor and proceeded to read the entire book from cover to cover. When I am engrossed in a book, the world outside of the book ceases to exist for me.
Is it that way for you? I had no watch…time stood still for me until I finished the last page, closed the book and crawled out from my quiet little cubbyhole under one of the tables.
“THERE SHE IS!!!!” I saw my mother and sister running towards me. Several policemen, uniformed store security guards and sales clerks were with them. Later, my mother explained that after several hours of shopping for my sister’s dress, they returned to the book department, but couldn’t find me (I am very petite and at age nine, I was even smaller). Store personnel and the police were called in to help search throughout the entire store because they believed I had walked away from the book department.
Walk away from a book department? It’s obvious they didn’t know the real Vivian!
I’m sure my mother never did that again…but at no time during the experience was I frightened or concerned. I didn’t think I was lost in the store…I was lost in the world of the book…and I was very happy to be there.
“Books are like wings…they help children soar!”
Why should we read to young children?
Research shows that young children who are read to on a daily basis have greater school success. Buildings like the old Abraham and Strauss needed a strong foundation…children need a strong foundation as well…and books contribute a very important part of that.
Why should we limit TV and participate with young children in other activities?
Recent studies point to possible future health problems when kids get too much ‘screen time’.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA
With the holidays just around the corner, are you wondering what to get for friends who have young children, teachers who teach young children, grandparents or daycare providers?
A brand-new, signed and inscribed copy is just $19.95 on Amazon (there are several used copies from other book dealers being offered for $50 – $60). The book contains 100 picture book suggestions with a summary, quick craft project and child-friendly recipe for each recommended title. In addition, there is a gentle parenting tip and lined space for writing your own notes on every page.
This is a must-have book…you’ll never wonder what to do with your kids…and they won’t have to turn to the TV for entertainment. Get your copy today!
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