Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Family Fun


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      I am delighted to have a guest host today, Jennie Wise.  Jenny is a homeschooling mom to four children, one of whom is autistic. She and her husband made the decision to home-educate when their oldest was four years old. During this journey, they have expanded their family and faced many challenges along the way, but they have experienced great rewards.

 

Parents, It's Time to Get Your Children Outside 

     Children today have a vastly different way of interacting with the world than kids did 30, 20, and even 10 years ago. Many parents recall childhoods where they were sent out to play on a regular basis, often not even coming home until dusk, while the kids of today spend less and less time outside. Much of this can be blamed on the lure of technology, with most children regularly glued to some sort of device. This lack of time outside has experts concerned about the negative effects on the overall health and wellness of children in the long-term. 

     However, nature-deficit disorder doesn’t have to be a given, and there is a wealth of resources available to help parents get their kids outside. 

 

The Backyard Is Calling 

     If you own or rent a property, you don’t have far to go to enjoy some time in the outdoors. And just because the colder months are slowly rolling in doesn’t mean that you should stay indoors until things warm up! You can do a lot of the following things all year round! 

50 Fun Ideas to Get Kids Gardening

Stargazing Tips With the Family

Give Your Kids the Perfect Backyard Camping Adventure

 How to Encourage Your Children to Learn Meteorology 

 

Immerse Them in Nature                                                                             

      If you want to explore beyond the backyard, you have a wealth of options to explore — even during a pandemic. 

11 Tips for Day Hiking with Young Children

Top Tips for Family Bike Rides

How to Get Your Kids into Rock Collecting and Geology

Read Lola Koala's Travel Adventures for Kids to Better Appreciate the World 

 

Help Them Develop Wildlife Appreciation 

     Teaching your children about wildlife is one of the most important things you can do to help them become caring, compassionate adults. 

Five Great Ideas for Teaching Kids about Wildlife — and Compassion   

10 Reasons Children Should Do Bug Hunts  

How To See Animals: Easy Wildlife Viewing Techniques 

     Children need time in nature, and it can be as simple as heading out for family activities in the backyard or visiting the local park. It doesn’t take much to foster a love and appreciation for nature. Let these resources open the door to a world of outdoor adventure. 

     A Little Red Wagon is your best source for kid-friendly reads. Explore the blog for reading recommendations today!- Jenny

Monday, June 21, 2021

The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant


          Everyone gets cross now and again.  In the book The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant, we find that even croissants do too! 

 
Mona K
 
       In this imaginative tale by Mona K., Croissant gets mad at his friends because he couldn’t be first and thought there wasn’t room for him.  As his anger escalated, his friends quickly became out of sorts too. Fortunately, his friend Milk suggests a technique that calmed everyone.  Korey Scott’s colorful cartoon characters are so expressive and make the story come alive.

 

Korey Scott

     

  

 

 

 

 

 

    A couple of surprises are included at the end of the book.  First is an illustrated recipe for croissants.  Sounds tasty enough I’m going to try out the recipe.  Following that are four black and white full-page scenes from the story for young readers to color.

 

          The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant is perfect for teachers and counselors to share with their early childhood students when talking about big emotions.   

 

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