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Benefits of Wordless Picture Books

First published May 2011.  Updated 2019.  I'll be honest.  I was never a huge fan of wordless picture books as a teacher and I'm not really sure why.  Perhaps it was because I was too concerned with the "nuts and bolts" of how to teach a child to read?  But now that I have a young child, I see the amazing benefits of wordless books!  Read on to find out 3 reasons I recommend wordless picture books for early readers. Benefits of ...

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Baby Obstacle Course for your Crawler!

First published July 2010.  Updated 2019.  There is something freeing to a baby when he starts crawling...  he can finally get where he wants to go!  To make crawling a little more fun (and to increase gross motor development and balance) why not make a baby obstacle course for your little mover!All you need is a soft surface (like carpet), some pillows, and a blanket or two!  Oh, and a toy you move around for motivation is also a good ...

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Fun Baby Shower Decoration Ideas On A Budget

First published Oct 2010.  Updated 2019.  I hosted a baby shower for a dear friend of mine this past Monday.  I had LOTS of help, especially with bringing food, which made it very enjoyable!  Here are just a few things I did for baby shower decorations ideas on a budget.  I didn't spend a dime on decorations...  I used scrapbook paper I had on hand to make most everything.  Since I don't scrapbook anymore, this was a great way to use ...

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I Love You to Pieces Craft

 This simple "I Love You to Pieces" Craft is the perfect personalized Valentine gift for parents, grandparents, and friends!  It is also great for practicing fine motor skills because it requires your child to tear small pieces of paper, which is excellent for developing the small muscles in the hands.  :)  This would make a Valentine activity for 3 to 5 year olds. I Love You To Pieces Craft Materials Needed:  construction ...

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30+ Non Candy Valentine Ideas

30+ Non Candy Valentine Ideas We still have Halloween candy leftover in our pantry (not to mention Christmas candy), so I would love to avoid another candy binge over Valentines Day!  I searched the web for printable non candy Valentine ideas and here are some of our favorites!  These ideas would make great boy Valentine or girls Valentine gifts.  Make it easy for your kindergarten or preschooler to join in the fun of Valentine's Day.*NEW* ...

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Valentine

  Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Valentines I get a ridiculous amount of enjoyment from creating valentines for my kids each year based on their current interests.  And it is the only time I really tolerate junky cheap toys around the house.  :)  This year my almost 5-year old daughter wanted to give Mickey Mouse Valetines and Minnie Mouse Valentines to her preschool class and I was so excited to create a fun Valentine printable for ...

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