Book Club – The Day the Crayon’s Quit by Drew Daywalt

This month’s book club recommendation is The Day the Crayon’s Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. This super humorous and creatively told story is about a box of crayons and the various reasons that each color quits.  The crayons’ reasons for quitting inspire their owner to create one of his best drawings yet! …

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The Duct Tape Crayon Pouch

What you need: A gallon size Ziploc bag (or quart size for a smaller pouch) Decorative Duct Tape Ruler Sharpie Scissors (OR X-acto knives and self-healing cutting mat) Directions: Using a ruler and a sharpie marker, draw a line across the bag 4 inches from the bottom. Using scissors (or X-acto knife and cutting mat)…

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Book Club – The Christmas Tree, El Árbol de Navidad, by Alma Flor Ada

This month’s book club is “The Christmas Tree, El Árbol de Navidad” by Alma Flor Ada, Illustrated by Terry Ybáñez and a cumulative text about each family member adding to the tradition of decorating the tree. The author, Alma Flor Ada notes in the back of the book, the many different traditions for celebrating Christmas.…

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Ornaments: The Keepers of Your Stories

When my children were very small, I learned this simple tradition that helps us “keeps” a special story or memory from each year. It is one our family’s favorite holiday traditions and very easy to keep. Every Christmas I purchase an ornament for each child that represents something personal about their past year – something…

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Accordion Book Star Ornament

What you need: Scissors or paper cutter to cut paper Strip of narrow paper folded accordion style (the example is cut 2” X 15”) glue Ribbon (the example is cut about 5’) Writing utensils Optional: Embellishments such as: small photos glitter stickers Directions: After cutting the paper into a long, narrow strip, fold the paper…

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A countdown to Christmas with No Cost gifts!

This countdown to Christmas is: Free Increases excitement around reading Re-uses books that are already in your home Wrap 24 books that you already have in your child’s home library and let your children choose one book to unwrap each night to read before bedtime.  This pile of books can arrive under the tree on…

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Book Club – Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra

This month’s book club choice is Sarah Gives Thanks, by Mike Allegra, Illustrated by David Gardner! It is easy to assume that Thanksgiving naturally became a holiday in the early stages of establishing the United States, but it took dedication and persistence from Sarah Josepha Hale, a talented journalist and writer to make Thanksgiving a…

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Turkey Paper Bag Book

You will need: 2-3 Lunch Bags hole punch string or yarn Directions: Line up the lunch bags, all in the same direction Fold in half Punch two or three holes along the folded side (you may need to do one bag at a time) Run yarn or string through the holes and tie a knot…

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Simple Steps to Starting a Book Club for Children

Hello parents. I wrote an article for Prescott Parent Magazine on “Simple Steps to Starting a Book Club for Children.” Here is the link to the article: http://www.prescottparent.org/BookClubforKids.html. Check out both the magazine at www.PrescottParent.org that has loads of resources for parents and the link to my article so you can see how easy it…

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Book Club – Funny Bones, Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Until I read, Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, I did not know the history behind the skeletons of Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead)

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