Saturday, December 26, 2009
What Do You Call A Crate Full Of Ducks? Hundreds of Silly Jokes by Usborne Books Will Keep Kids Giggling With Good, Clean Fun!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Don't blink. Don't forget to breath.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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Friday, October 2, 2009
Who knew an 8 year old girl could become mesmerized by Christopher Columbus. That's exactly what happened when my daughter read Usborne's Christopher Columbus for school last week. Now she can't wait til Columbus Day, which is Oct. 12th this year. She has all sorts of activities planned along with a special Italian dinner that she plans to cook for us that evening.
I just asked my daughter why she likes this book so much. She said "Because it's cool." "Why is it cool?", I asked her. "Because it tells you about somebody back in the olden days.", she said. Kids love history, and if you make it fun for them they love it even more. They also retain the information even more. I have learned more about Christopher Columbus from my daughter this week, than I remember learning in school when I was a kid.
What sets this book apart is the way the information is presented. It has 8 short chapters and is 64 pages long. The book begins with Columbus' childhood. Rarely is his childhood presented in books for kids. The book also has vibrant illustrations, and some of them have dialogue in them. The kids love to read the dialogue among the characters in the book. The book contains colorful maps and shows exactly where the ships The Nina, The Pinta, and the Santa Maria went. It also has maps of Columbus' other voyages. Did you know his crew got stuck on an island and he had to go back to Spain for help? The writing in this book also keeps the kids on the edge of their seat, so that when they get to the end of a chapter they want to continue on until they finish the book.
Another neat thing is Usborne's Christopher Columbus is Internet-Linked! What an extra treat! What does Internet-Linked mean, you ask? That means if you go to www.usborne-quicklinks.com you will be directed to all sorts of kid approved sights based solely on the topic in that book. My daughter just ate dinner with Christopher Columbus and earned herself some fish. Yum!
Other biographies by Usborne Books are Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, William Shakespeare, Leonardo DaVinci, Captain Cook, Florence Nightingale, Anne Frank, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King, Jr. They are all just as exciting as Christopher Columbus, and kids will become just as enthralled with these historical figures.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Heidi. An all time classic by Johanna Spyri. Last night my daughter pulled this Usborne condensed version of Heidi off her shelf. We sat down and read it together. She absolutely loved it! I told her, "Em, you know there is a long version of this book. Do you want me to read it to you?". "Oh yes!", she said.
So I've been selling Usborne books for over four years now, and last night my daughter taught be a very crucial thing about how great Usborne books are! I had tried to sit down and read "Heidi" to her and my son before. They lost interest after a few pages. But last night, in just 64 pages, with beautiful illustrations, my daughter became mesmerized by the story. So today we started on the long version of "Heidi". My daughter even got her brother to sit down and listen along.
So what's the moral of what I am trying to say here? Usborne's Reading Series books of the classics introduces kids to these great literary works. Kids read the condensed version, and it opens their eyes, and hearts to a fabulous story that they don't want to end. And you know what happens? They go from reading a book that is 64 pages long, and beautifully illustrated, to reading a book that is 278 pages long with only 2 illustrations in the whole book. Do you see what I am getting at?!?!? It turns these kids into avid readers and book lovers!
Usborne's Reading Series Gift Books include many of the classics. Schools are shying away from requiring students to read the classics. This is a shame, as reading the classics help children build their vocabulary and moral upbringing.
You can't go wrong getting a child any of these books. Nowadays kids don't have the attention span to read 278 page books. But if a 64 page book will teach them the story, or get them interested in the long version, then you have well gotten your money's worth out the $6.99 you will spend for one of these books.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Jobs People Do is a book that kids just LOVE. Every time I see a child pick this book up, they spend lots of time perusing each page. They love the claymation people. Even my hubby tonight told me "I can see why kids spend so much time with this book. There's so much for them to look at. If I were a kid I'd have a blast looking at all this stuff."
Another reason why kids love this book is because it is so realistic. It shows them the day in the life of careers that kids usually dream of being - a vet, a doctor, a fireman, a teacher, a farmer, and a chef.
My daughter has had me sit down and read this book to her over and over and over again. She particularly loves Vicky the Vet, even though she aspires to be a chef someday. Now that she can read on her own, this is still a book she picks up to read and look before she goes to bed. That of course is AFTER our reading time together. Remember, kids still LOVE to be read to even after they learn to read.
Another neat thing that is included in the book is the sets of words that come after each story. For instance, after Sam the Chef, there are Chef word such as broth, creme brulee, fettuccine, and sorbet, so kids learn words associated with each profession. Some even have a quiz after them. Frank the Farmer has a farm quiz which includes safety tips on the farm.
Jobs People Do is just $22.99. It is a combined volume of six books that you can also purchase individually if you choose. The individual books are Frank the Farmer, Sam the Chef, Daisy the Doctor, Fred the Firefighter, Tessa the Teacher, and Vicky the Vet. Each individual book is $6.99, so the combined volume saves you 18.95! Makes a great gift for any child in your life.
Monday, September 7, 2009
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Anyone who really knows me, knows I LOVE old books. I love books that were published pre-1950, especially if they are children's books. I've always loved children's books, and now I get to enjoy them with my own kids.
I found a neat little set of books at an antique store in Walterboro, SC last month. They are When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, by A. A. Milne. I'm sure you recognize the name A. A. Milne. He was the author of the Winnie the Pooh books with Christopher Robin. The books I purchased that day in Walterboro were precursors to Winnie the Pooh. What beautiful books they are! And they have decorations by Ernest H. Shepard, the illustrator who brought Winnie the Pooh to life. I guess back then they called illustrations, decorations. Such neat, neat books. They are two of my favorite "finds".
So tonight I was reading Now We Are Six to my daughter. It is a collection of poems for kids. Tonight we read the poem In the Dark. I just LOVE this poem. I so wish I had found it years ago when my kids were really, really little. I would have memorized it and recited it to them each night. Em is still just eight, so she still appreciates it. Here it is for those of you who may like to read or recite it to your kids:
"I've had my supper,
And had my supper,
And HAD my supper and all;
I've heard the story
And how she went to the ball;I've cleaned my teeth,
And I've said my prayers,
And I've cleaned and said them right;And they've all of them been
And kissed me lots,
They've all of said "Good-night."
So - here I am in the dark alone,
There's nobody here to see;
I think to myself,
I play to myself,
And nobody knows what I say to myself;
Here I am in the dark alone,
What is it going to be?
I can think whatever I like to think,
I can play whatever I like to play,
I can laugh whatever I like to laugh,
There's nobody here but me.
I'm talking to a rabbit ...
I'm talking to the sun...
I think I am a hundred -
I'm lying in a forest ...
I'm lying in a cave ...
I'm talking to a Dragon ...
I'm lying on my left side ...
I'm lying on my right ...
I'll play a lot tommorrow ...
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I'll think a lot tomorrow ...
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I'll laugh ...
a lot ........
A. A. Milne
Does that not remind you of going to bed when you were a child!?! I so love this poem.
Cited from Now We Are Six, by A. A. Milne, E. P. Dutton and Co., 1927, pgs. 99-101.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Fairy Snap is a delightful game for girls. Don't worry boys, there is a Pirate Snap for you too. This is a really cute version of the card game "War". My 8 yr. old daughter has discovered that you can play "Go Fish" with this set too. It's actually a lot of fun playing with these cards. My daughter is now addicted and has me play it over and over and over again. Believe it or not, it's actually a lot of fun with these cards, so we've been playing A LOT! There are 4 sets of 13 different fairies to match.
The cards are made of very thick card stock and will last a long time without getting bent up even with little hands. They make great gifts and with Christmas approaching, make great stocking stuffers. Also available is Christmas Snap, Fairytale Snap, First Word Snap, Pirate Snap and Princess Snap.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
Usborne Books has a neat Summer Activities book that will keep your kids busy. Filled with stickers and lots of activities for your kids to do, it'll keep them busy and out of your hair. They can make Floating Fish, Picnic Cheese Tarts (which are delicious!), Printed Crab Pictures, Concertina Caterpillars, Bug and Bee Prints, Diving Dolphins, Cheesy Snakes and Caterpillars (these are delicious too!), and much more!
Each activity includes pictures of the finished product and easy to follow step by step directions. My children have made many of these projects and even go back to the book to make them again. They really like the Cheesy Snakes and Caterpillars.
For just $6.95, you can't go wrong with Usborne's Summer Activities. It's well worth it to keep your kids busy over the summer. Grandma and your babysitter may enjoy it too with your kids.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Looking for that perfect gift for the sweet flower girl in your wedding? Sticker Dolly Dressing Bridesmaids, by Usborne Books, IS the perfect gift for her!
She will have hours of fun dressing three girls who are going to be bridesmaids. She can use the stickers to dress them as they try on their outfits, go shopping for shoes, visit the hairdresser, and do lots more in preparation for the big day. Girls love these Sticker Dolly Dressing books, and they are able to reposition the dresses on the dolls.
Other books in this series are Sticker Dolly Dressing Dolls, Sticker Dolly Dressing Fairies, Sticker Dolly Dressing Princesses, Sticker Dolly Dressing Ballerinas, Sticker Dolly Dressing Pop Stars, and Sticker Dolly Dressing on Vacation.
These books also make a great book to take on those long summer vacation car trips. My daughter spent the whole time flying across the country with just one book in this series. She loves them all and gets so excited when she finds out the Usborne has published a new title in the series.
For only 8.99, you can't go wrong.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It is also essential to keep reading with your child once they have begun to read on their own. Many parents stop reading to and with their kids once the child is able to read on their own. Kids still love to be read to, don't miss out on this special time with your child. Reading is a mastered skill and requires lots of practice over time. By sharing books together with your child, you will help develop them into lifelong readers.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Most kids LOVE to do dot-to-dots. I know I did as a kid, and my daughter will do every dot-to-dot she can get her hands on. Dot-to-dots are a great activity to help your children develop number skills and learn the order numbers go in. Plus they are great for eye/hand coordination and learning to use a writing utensil properly.
The Usborne Dot-To-Dot Book will provide hours of fun for your kids. It is a combined volume that contains 168 pages of dot-to-dots from 7 individual Usborne dot-to-dot books. This combined volume includes the following: animals, dinosaurs, farms, machines, nature, seaside, and space.
My daughter is working in this book right now as I write this post. She just turned the page and said "Aw cool!! I get to do a snow place!" She's so excited!
At just 12.95 you can't go wrong with this activity book for your kids. It will keep them entertained at home, in the car, while waiting at the doctor's office, and just about anywhere else they need to keep busy. It's also a fun book to add into your home school curriculum for seat work.
Monday, May 4, 2009
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
My daughter went to a Montessori preschool. This is the Mother's Day gift they had the kids make one year. To this day it's still my favorite Mother's Day gift, and I have a feeling it will always be my favorite because of the little hand print.
Any mother will LOVE to get one of these cards for Mother's Day. Have the child pick a colored piece of construction paper. Fold it in half. Have the child decorate the front. You may need to help them write Happy Mother's Day on the front.
On one side of the inside have the child put their hand print. You do this by painting their hand and then having them place it on the paper. On the other side write one of the following poems. If you are doing this with a group of kids, you may want to type out the poem, print it out, and paste it on the card. Make sure you have the child sign it.
Here are the words to the short poem on my card:
Remember Me Now
As I Grow And Play
Here are words to a longer version:
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.
But every day I'm growing -
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny hand prints
Will surely fade away.
So here's a little hand print
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Each of my kids have their own special lullaby. My son's is a musical version that I came up with to Winken, Blinken, and Nod. My daughter's is my own version to Hush Little Baby. I could never remember the words to the real version, but my version I could remember.
The kids are getting older now. Eleven and seven respectively, but they still like for me to sing their special lullabies to them when they are sick or really tired.
Here's my version of Hush Little Baby for Em:
Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Momma's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
If that mockingbird don't sing,
Momma's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
If that diamond ring don't shine,
Momma's gonna buy you a bucket of brine.
If that bucket of brine don't swim,
Momma's gonna buy you a pass to the gym.
If that pass to the gym is closed,
Momma's gonna buy you a doll that's posed.
If that doll that's posed is broke,
Momma's gonna tell you a funny joke.
Hush little baby don't say a word,
Momma's gonna buy you a mocking bird.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Monday, April 13, 2009
Week of the Young Child, 2009: Bring Communities Together for Children - Children Bring Communities Together
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Saturday, April 11, 2009
I had posted this on my Lily's Licorice blog, and decided I wanted to share it with you all on Usborne Activities For Kids as well.
This is my favorite Easter photo of all time. I was such a mean mom and instead of getting my son an Easter Rabbit for his basket one year, I got him this adorable Easter Basset. We had a basset and I couldn't resist this adorable stuffed dog with rabbit ears for my son. I thought it was cute!
So Easter morning, out comes my son to see what the Easter Bunny had brought. Above is the response we got. That boy cried and cried and cried! He thought the Easter Bunny had turned his precious dog into a stuffed dog with rabbit ears. It was one of the funniest things I had ever seen! (I'm such a nice, caring mom, aren't I?)
Dad had to go wake the real dog out of a deep sleep to come show our dear son that NO he had not been turned into a stuffed dog with rabbit ears.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Mother’s Day is May 10th
Here are two books your kids will really love!
Make delightful things to give to Mom (Grandma, Aunt or Teacher) using this really fabulous book. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions and find out how to make pretty cards and gifts that everyone will love, (includes over 200 stickers.) (For ages 4 years and up.)
This inspiring book is packed full of creative ideas for making cards for all occasions. You can follow the clear, simple step-by-step instructions exactly, or just use the imaginative ideas to create your own cards. (For ages 10 years and up.) Make a Pop-Up Card – Download the instructions from page 20 & 21 of Making Cards.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Painting Doesn't Have to be a Mess! Tips to Keep Painting a Fun and Clean Experience for your Kids and for Yourself.
So many kids do not get to paint at home because the messy paint is too stressful for some moms. Kids LOVE to paint. I feel so bad for kids who tell me, "My mom won't let me paint." Those kids are missing out on such wonderful creative experience.
I leave the paints out on a shelf at kid level for my kids. They can grab the paints any time they wish and paint away. I love the paintings I have on my walls, all painted by my own artists. Creativity flows in this household. How on earth am I not afraid to keep the paints out for my kids to use? I taught them early on about how to paint properly, and how to have fun with it, without making a mess. And people who know me know I am not an anal person. I am not a clean freak. And I certainly don't pressure the kids to be either.
So what can you do to help your kids have a clean - free painting experience? Here are my tips:
1. Put down newspaper or paper on the table or floor. My daughter loves to paint on the floor. I do have a cloth for her to paint on. When she uses her easel, we put the easel on it too.
2. Make sure you have a fresh cup or two of water to put the brushes in to clean them off. Have the kids dab the wet brushes on paper towel to clean off left over color and excess water.
3. Use one color at a time:
a. For younger kids - have them paint with one color. Then let that color dry. Get the next color out. Have that color dry. This way you don't have a bunch of paint out at one time, and by letting each color dry, their painting comes out looking the way they envisioned instead of one giant blob of brown ick.
Put just a dollop of paint on a piece of paper for your child to dip his/her brush into. If they are allowed to dip their brush into the big bottle of paint, they will end up with way too much paint on the brush - hence how big paint messes are created.
b. For older kids - let them put a "little" bit of different colors of paint on a paint palette. A little bit of paint goes a long way. Make sure they clean their brushes as they change colors.
4. Each of my kids has a painting shirt. They use the same shirt every time they paint. This way, mom, you don't have to worry about paint getting on that new shirt you just bought. The kids like their paint shirts too because it shows all the paints and different colors they have used.
5. Wash you paint brushes with soap and water when done. Let them dry before you put them away. If you keep them in a cup, store them with the brush tips facing up.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
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All monies received from grants and donations are elegible for LFL. An easy way to determine if it "qualifies" for the matching grant is if the funds are not coming from the regular budget of the organization. PTAs donating money to their school library to purchase books are eligible. Parents donating money to their child's classroom to purchase books are elegible.
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As my kids were learning the continents, I used Usborne's Jigsaw Atlas of the World to help them have a "hands on" learning experience with the continents. Each page of the book is a different puzzle for each continent. My kids loved taking the puzzle out and putting it back together again. On each puzzle page is a map of the particular continent you are are studying along with highlights from each continent.
Each continent also has its own search and find game. For Europe kids need to find the Eiffel Tower, flamenco dancers, narwhal whales and the Leaning Tower of Pisa to name a few. It's cute too because the middle puzzle piece is a reflection of the continent it comes from. Africa's center piece is an elephant.
Your kids will remember all the continents and a little bit about each one, because they enjoy working with each page. This also helps them to remember the names of each continent.
This book is great for teachers to use as center work, for home schoolers, and for parents who want to work with their kids. My kids had so much fun with this book. It's almost a shame they are too old for it now, but they sure did get their use out of it.
PS - As I write this I notice that all the puzzle pages have been put in backwards by someone (I'm sure my son). Too funny.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
New titles have just arrived in the Usborne Books warehouse and are ready to be shipped to the homes of happy readers! There are some great new titles that I will highlight below for you.
Apollo is such a cute book! It's about a little wiener dog that teaches preschoolers math concepts in a very fun way. There is also Counting With Apollo which obviously teaches kids to count.
Dan's Angel: A Detective's Guide to the Language of Paintings. This is a fantastic book to teach art appreciation to your kids.
My daughter absolutely loves this book! It's clearly above her reading level, but since I have it in my house for my Usborne business, she reads it about 5 times a day. Kids are fascinated with this topic, and
Everyone Poops shows kids just how Everyone Poops!
I've been waiting for the US to get this series from the UK. Lizzie's Wish is part of the Historical House series which charts the life and times of girls who have lived at 6 Chelsea Walk during some of histories most fascinating times. Lizzie's Wish is about Lizzie, who lived during the 1850's at 6 Chelsea Walk. Other books in this series are: Mary and Miss Mozart, 1764; Cecily's Portrait, 1895; Polly's March, 1914; Josie Under Fire, 1941; and Andie's Moon, 1969. For ages 10 and up. Each book includes internet links so readers can learn more about life during the time of the setting of the book.
See Inside Famous Buildings is a great lift-the-flap book that shows kids the inside of some of the world's most famous buildings.
The Story of Science is a wonderful introduction for children to the brilliant brains behind some of the greatest scientific discoveries in history. It includes fascinating facts about black holes, magnets, DNA, diseases, atoms, and x-rays. It also makes complex ideas fun to learn. Includes internet links.
Kids will love the touchy-feely patches in This is My Tractor. Patches show bumpy wheels, shiny paint, and sparkly lights. Kids will also love to press the sound button that makes the tractor go "brrm, brrm!"
These are just a few of Usborne's new titles. You may check out the full list of new titles here.