Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
That's Not My Tiger is the newest in the line of Usborne Books' Touchy-Feely board book series. It takes little ones through a series of different tigers as they try to find their own tiger. Kids are so delighted when the find their tiger at the end of the book. This is the perfect book for those babies who are just starting to pick up and look at books. The age for the book says 9 months and up, but I've seen children younger who love to open the thick pages and touch all the different textures that are on the various tigers. The patches of textures help to stimulate sensory and language awareness. The text is repetetive so the children eventually know what is coming as they read and reread the book over and over again. Yes, they will eventually read this book themselves. They will ask you to read it over and over again until they can on their own.
These Touchy Feely books make such great baby gifts! That's Not My Tiger makes a great gift for Clemson Carolina fans!
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
"The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again."
Ok, I know you're singing right along to this catchy tune, just like I did as I typed it.
This newest line of rhyming books published by Usborne Books are a great way to have fun with babies and toddlers while helping them to develop language and memory skills. Finger Rhymes includes the words and the directions on how to do the finger movements to the following rhymes: The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Two Little Blackbirds, One Two Three Four Five, Round and Round the Garden, This Little Piggy, and Five Pretty Poppies.
This fun book is linked to Usborne's famous internet linked site. You can go to the site and see demonstrations of the finger actions, and hear the music to the tunes. Directions on how to access this is included in the book.
Other books included in this series are Animal Rhymes and Counting Rhymes. Each book is a sturdy, heavy board book with large tabs which make it easy for little ones to turn the pages.
Friday, August 27, 2010
These books are great! The parent, or teacher, or even the older sibling can read the words that are on the left pages of the book. Then the child reads the words on the pages to the right. This is a great interactive way to work on reading with a child. It is also a great way to spend time together helping your child learn to read.
Each book contains a phonics story. There are fun games to ensure your child is understanding what they are reading. Help is provided to parents and teachers with the 24 page Parents' Guide which is included.
Other neat things that are included are links to online support at http://www.veryfirstreading.com/. There are also downloadable activity sheets, teacher resources, word banks, and pronunciaton guides.
Great interactive links for the Very First Reading Set include:
If you need classroom sets, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a price quote for multiple sets.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Make up a fun story, and ask your child to tell you how it ends. This is a great way to help children think and learn to put ideas and words together.
My children and I have a blast doing this together. We call them Round Robin Stories. One of us starts the story, usually with "Once upon a time..." and we take turns telling the next sentence or two of three of the story. It's so much fun to hear how the story takes a turn as each different personality puts their spin to the story. Of course my son has to add bombs and fire and crazy animals that end up eating our characters or destroy our castles. My daughter then tries to turn the story back around, but eventually everything is obliterated. We have happy endings when just my daughter and I play Round Robin Stories together.
This is such a great way to spend good quality time with your kids. They usually remember the really good stories we have come up with, and they love to illustrate alot of them. There is so much you can do with your kids with this activity, and the benefits to them are endless!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
All little girls love Usborne's Sticker Dolly Dressing books! They spend hours dressing and redressing ballerinas, movie stars, princesses, fairies and all sorts of different dolls. Many of you have asked for Usborne to come out with a Sticker Dolly Dressing version for boys. I am so thrilled to tell you Usborne has listened! Here is the first Sticker Dressing book for boys - Knights. Notice they did take the "Dolly" out of the title for the boys series. Whew!
This book follows along just as the other versions. Lots of stickers to dress lots of different knights in lots of different situations. If you have a boy who loves knights and castles or even just loves playing with stickers, Sticker Dressing Knights is THE book for him!
What's the next sticker book you would like to see come out?
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
There's a mouse about the house! has been Usborne Book's #1 best selling book for many years. There's a reason for that best seller status - kids LOVE the book! It's a book they will ask you to read over and over and over again. That's ok. As a mom, I know kids want some of the same books read to them almost every night. It might get boring to us, but it instills a love of reading in your little one that will last a lifetime.
It's the little grey mouse that makes this book so fun to preschoolers and those kids just on the cusp of learning to read. My daughter loves this mouse so much she named it Messy Mouse.
Your child will have a blast moving the mouse from page to page throughout the book. It's very interactive! Start the mouse coming through the slot in the floor board of the house, and he maneuvers his way throughout the whole house with the help of your little one. All they have to do is have the mouse follow the dotted line - which teaches pre-writing skills. The mouse moves from left to right across the page which helps to reinforce to children that they will read books from left to right. The mouse ends up in a covered cheese plate and safely escapes the cat that has been waiting all night for him. Holding the mouse and helping him go through the slot from page to page also enstills fine motor skills for little fingers.
If your child loves There's a mouse about the house! they are sure to love The Squirrel's Tale which is another book in Usborne's slot book series. This book has a squirrel that goes through the forest looking for nuts. It's so much fun too!
You can recieve There's a mouse about the house! in the May 2010 Starter Kit or the Business Builder kit when you start your own Usborne Books business.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Have you signed your kids up for the 2010 Usborne Summer Reading program?
Keep your kids busy reading over the summer while earning books for themselves AND helping to raise books for the "Happy Wheels" cart at MUSC Children's Hospital.
*Kids read books of their choice over the summer
*Kids have sponsors pledge a dollar amount if they will read at least 400 minutes over the summer
*Kids earn books for themselves along with other prizes and awards
*Kids help to raise books for the "Happy Wheels" cart at MUSC Children's Hospital and help to brighten the day for another child
The Usborne Summer Reading program is open to all kids in the USA. Children do not need to be reading on their own yet. Mom or dad, grandma or grandpa can read to those children who are not yet reading. This is a great way to help build up a child's library.
For more information and to register your kids for the program go to:
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
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