Extending the Lesson on Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon is an American children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. First published in 1947, this book’s popularity, charm, and quality still remain constant to this day. All of my children proclaimed this book to be a bedtime favorite at some point. The book is simple, sweet, and a wonderful way to gently lay your children down to sleep. Due to how loved the book is by so many children it is a great place to start a book study for little ones. Creating lessons from favorite books will encourage your child to read and … Continue reading

Preschool Book: Bear Country Blessings

Book:  The Berenstain Bears:  Bear Country Blessings Author:   Jan & Mike Berenstain Ages:  Recommended for ages 4 and up. Type:  Hardcover, 96 pages Price:  $7.99 Book Synopsis: This three-book collection of the highly popular Berenstain Bears Living Lights stories will provide children with an ideal gift they will enjoy all year long. The biblical values, morals, and life lessons are invaluable for children throughout every stage of their lives. Titles include: The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Home The Berenstain Bears All Things Bright and Beautiful The Berenstain Bears Get Involved About the Author: Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced … Continue reading

The Berenstain Bears Celebrate 50 Years

I have loved the Berenstain Bears since I was a child. Introducing this bear family to my preschooler and watching her enjoy them as much as I did was so sweet. After 50 years, the Berenstain Bears is still entertaining children. To celebrate this achievement, the bears have a brand new story and a collection of classics. The Berenstain Bears: Get Involved A storm hits Bear Country, and Bear Country might flood! It’s up to the Bear family and the rest of the rescue team at the Chapel in the Woods to come together and save their community. The Berenstain … Continue reading

Great Books for Spring

We’ve been planting seeds around here, and although there is still sporadic slush falling from the sky, it definitely feels like spring is just around the corner. Here are a few of my favorite spring books to read with preschoolers. Debbie Ouellett’s How Robin Saved Spring is a lazy bedtime or afternoon book, since it is long. In this book, the seasons are sisters. The winter sister wants the spring sister to sleep forever, so that winter can last forever. Robins seem to be a popular theme for spring stories. My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell is one of my … Continue reading

Making The Mitten – A Preschool Winter Craft

The story The Mitten by Jan Brett is a lovely folk tale about a little boy who loses his mitten. In the way of these tales, a number of animals take shelter in the mitten, and as each one enters the mitten, it expands. The mitten grows so large that even a bear hides inside, until a tiny mouse tries to squeeze in on the tip of the bear’s nose. Then with a sneeze, the bear sneezes the mouse, the mitten, and the rest of the animals up into the air. The mitten falls to the ground, a little larger … Continue reading

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Metamorphosis Craft

What do pasta, egg cartons, and paint have in common? You can use all of them to create a Very Hungry Caterpillar craft. This early spring story is by Eric Carle, who is well known for his cut-paper style crafts. In the story, the Very Hungry Caterpillar begins as an egg, then emerges into a caterpillar, and finally turns into a butterfly. You will need child safe scissors, an egg carton, two pieces of shell pasta, and some rotinis. You will also need paint, paint brushes, glitter, and whatever goodies strike your child’s fancy. You will also need a pipe … Continue reading

The Tom and Pippo Books – Helen Oxenbury

There are some books I can’t imagine raising children without. They are favorites of school teachers, parents, and librarians. I thought I would start sharing a few of these classic books here. The Tom and Pippo books by Helen Oxenbury are charming books for toddlers and preschoolers. Tom is a young boy and Pippo is his stuffed monkey friend. Tom’s parents are portrayed as caring and involved. The titles come in nice sturdy thick page books that hold up to lots of toddler mishandling. The illustrations featuring Tom and Pippo and their adventures are simple, but sweet and very appropriate … Continue reading

Thanksgiving in the Barn – Nadine B. Westcott

Thanksgiving in the Barn by Nadine B. Westcott is a pop-up book that charmed me from the first page. It’s about farm animals coming to a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by a little girl. When you open the book a large, friendly goat pops up. He’s holding his hat and an open jar of cranberry sauce. I love the charm of the illustrations and of the unexpected humor. The goat tells the little girl “after you eat the sauce, I’ll eat the tin”. The cow brings pies because she’s been baking all day. The pies look delicious but they’re made out … Continue reading