Happy Friday friends!! Wow, this week FLEW by and how is it February already?!?! We are actually in town this weekend (WOO HOO!!) but it is still a busy weekend on tap. This evening we are going to get the kids’ passports so we are ready for Spring Break, then out to dinner to celebrate Matti Jane hitting a 3rd grade reading level (she’s in 2nd grade)!!! Tomorrow, Matti Jane has her First Penance, Shay has a soccer game, Chandler has horse back riding, all of us are heading to a birthday party and then Italian Night/Brown Bag Auction at the girls’ school. Then…SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!
Reading books to our kids is part of our nightly routine. Sometimes it is a time that I cherish and sometimes, well, I am so exhausted, I admit to choosing the shortest book possible. (Please tell me I am not a horrible Mom and am not alone in that…). But recently, I have recognized how quickly the kids are growing up and how special this time is. So, at Christmas, I bought the first Harry Potter book to read each night as a family. It has become everyone’s favorite activity of the day.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
We accidentally discovered this book while in Deep Creek Lake eating dinner at a restaurant. This restaurant had a great bin full of toys and books for kids to enjoy while they are waiting for dinner. Chandler found this book and got SO excited as the kids refer to Peter as a “bone doctor”. We read a couple pages at the restaurant, but dinner was served soon after we started reading. Chandler made me promise right then and there that I would buy the book to read at home. I got on Amazon immediately and ordered the book. We love reading this book…it teaches the kids so much about their body in a simple easy-to-understand way.
Don’t laugh!! But, I am LOVING the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family segment mid day. They have great DIY’s, yummy recipes and enjoyable interviews. One interview I caught was with Jon Gordon about his newest book The Hard Hat for Kids. Wow, you guys…it is such a GREAT book in teaching kids that teamwork is more important than the individual. The “10 great ways to be a teammate” and the “we before me” philosophy make this book such a wonderful lesson for children to understand the power of selfless teamwork. I highly highly recommend this one!!
The Hard Hat for Kids – Jon Gordon
This is such a cute and educational book. I love when humor is used to teach kids. These are real life lessons and as Matti Jane and Chandler are learning how to read and the sound each letter makes, it’s a perfect lesson to learn not everything looks or sounds as it should.
P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabetical Book Ever – Raj Haldar & Chris Carpenter