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Tag: Reading

Deep Thoughts

Deep Thoughts

My little boy turned 6 today. I started this blog when he was 7 months old! After much arguing with his brother as to whether he classified as a Small kid or a Medium kid, I think it was confirmed that he is now officially Medium. That brain is always going on my Medium son. […]

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Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo – A Book Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 03/31

| February 27, 2017 | 20 Comments
Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo – A Book Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 03/31

Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo      That Time at the Zoo is a newly released children’s book by Marilyn Green, a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst, mother, and well-known blogger from Ottawa. The book is about a little girl named Clair and an adventure she and her mother have at the zoo. […]

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Eric Litwin Live! At the Ottawa International Children’s Festival ~ Review

Eric Litwin Live! At the Ottawa International Children’s Festival ~ Review

Polka-dot doo doo doooo… Polka-dot pants, polka-dot pants… Sorry. Just saw Eric Litwin live at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, and I’m still dancing around to that number.  I think most people with little kids know who Eric Litwin is. His best-selling Pete the Cat books (the first four in the series) sit on most Kindergarten […]

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Once Upon A Time

| June 20, 2016 | 11 Comments
Once Upon A Time

  Once Upon A Time Telling stories is a peaceful, magical way to create special moments with our children. Whether it is at bedtime or on a rainy day, I believe every parent can and should take the time to tell a story. With an open mind and a bit of imagination, we can create […]

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Get Summer Started with DK Canada Books! Review and #Giveaway! CAN 06/06

| May 3, 2016 | 46 Comments
Get Summer Started with DK Canada Books! Review and #Giveaway! CAN 06/06

I know spring is not even half way over, but I am ready to fast forward to the hot and gorgeous days of summer! Kids will be out of school, and there will be plenty of time for everyone to have fun! DK Canada wants to help you plan out your Summer 2016 with their […]

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Learning Goes 3D with Prismland! #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 04/25

| March 24, 2016 | 43 Comments
Learning Goes 3D with Prismland! #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 04/25

When it comes to learning, children are like sponges. They pick on everything they see and are told, and they can retain it. My younger children are 3 and 4 years-old, so they are constantly asking us questions about, well, EVERTYHING! We are now teaching them to read and simple math. When Prismland asked my […]

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Again!

| September 23, 2015 | 2 Comments
Again!

Sometimes I’ll say or do something cool or funny for the kids, like giving them flips or blasting them with my hairdryer or reading The Book With No Pictures. Just a one-time thing for fun. ONE-TIME. We all have a little laugh, then we move on, or at least that’s what I imagine. I should know […]

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“Miss Emily” by Nuala O’Connor – A Novel That Reinvents Emily Dickinson and Makes me Love Her Even More {A Review}.

| June 30, 2015 | 2 Comments
“Miss Emily” by Nuala O’Connor – A Novel That Reinvents Emily Dickinson and Makes me Love Her Even More {A Review}.

Other than her infamous poetry, which I studied in university, I was not fully familiar with the idiosyncrasies of Emily Dickinson’s life until I read the historical fiction novel, Miss Emily by Irish author, Nuala O’Connor. Within pages of the first chapter I found myself researching Emily Dickinson’s life to find out more about her solitude and preference […]

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25 St. Patrick’s Day Books for Kids

| March 2, 2015 | 9 Comments
25 St. Patrick’s Day Books for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so why not get your kids green with envy about Leprechauns, pot of gold, and Irish luck by reading a St. Patrick Day book with them!  You can purchase these books at Indigo/Chapters/Coles, Amazon or barrow them from your local library.    King Puck by Michael Garland: 006084809X A […]

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Tips to Get You to a Fantastic New You!

| February 24, 2015 | 10 Comments
Tips to Get You to a Fantastic New You!

I do not like to declare resolutions for myself at the beginning of each year. I feel as though there is so much pressure to meet certain goals, and if I do not meet (or even try to meet them), then I feel as though I have let myself down in some way. Instead, I […]

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Celebrating the “First” of Everything! – A Review and Staples Giveaway~ CAN 10/31

| October 2, 2014 | 90 Comments
Celebrating the “First” of Everything! – A Review and Staples Giveaway~ CAN 10/31

It’s been almost a month since school started up again. Wow! Where has the time gone? These days, the weather certainly feels like Fall and we’re back into the swing of lunches, after school programs and homework! Homework? This was new to us this year! When I say new to “us”, it’s true. Our oldest […]

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DK Canada Eyewitness Book Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 09/08

| August 14, 2014 | 50 Comments
DK Canada Eyewitness Book Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 09/08

Reading is such a big part of my life – I even made a goal to read 50 books this year! – and I want it to be a big part of my kids’ lives too. My husband and I read with them daily and I take the to the library almost every week. Reading […]

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Bedtime Books for Kids

| June 12, 2014 | 17 Comments
Bedtime Books for Kids

We all know that reading books with our kids is important. Even if it’s just a book before bed, that’s something. In our family we read throughout the day and always before bed. I gathered together all the bedtime books we have. Some we like more than others, and some we liked more when the […]

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Book Review: The Cube People and Cube Squared

| January 30, 2014 | 5 Comments
Book Review: The Cube People and Cube Squared

The Cube People and Cube Squared are two books by Ottawa author Christian McPherson. The books follow main character Colin MacDonald as he navigates working for the Federal Government in Ottawa, relationships, and the deep desire to be an author. These books are well-written and a must-read for anyone working in the government or in […]

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Some Fun Books for Ages 2-4

| January 23, 2014 | 7 Comments
Some Fun Books for Ages 2-4

We go to the library often – once every week or two – and come home with some great books and some books I’d rather not see again. Doesn’t every parent have a book that they just can’t stand? And isn’t it always the one our kid loves? Moving on! This last trip to the […]

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Helping my Daughter Read with StudyDog and Full Year Membership Giveaway! ~ CAN/US 10/4

| September 10, 2013 | 16 Comments
Helping my Daughter Read with StudyDog and Full Year Membership Giveaway! ~ CAN/US 10/4

My five year old daughter is at the age where she is eager to learn how to read, but needs help to do so. We read together every night at bedtime and frequent the library, but I was finding this wasn’t enough. So, when I heard about Study Dog, I was eager to try it out […]

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Library Summer Reading Program

| July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Library Summer Reading Program

  Did you know that the Ottawa Public Library has a summer reading program for kids? It’s a great program to encourage kids to read during the summer months. My kids are young – 2 and 3 – so they are in the toddler program which is a little different than the regular program. In […]

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Music Training and Reading

Music Training and Reading

You have probably heard it before – music helps kids improve in math and reading. A recent study (Rautenburg, in press) reviewed by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham shows a link between music training and reading. In Germany, 159 grade one students were part of an 8-month study. They found that music training in rhythm was […]

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I Stink! and Other Fun Book Titles ~ Thursday Reviews

| April 18, 2013 | 5 Comments
I Stink! and Other Fun Book Titles ~ Thursday Reviews

My two kids, ages 2 and 3, just love the book I Stink! by Kate McMullan, as well as the other books she’s written. The books each focus on a character who stinks or is fast or big, and explain a bit about them. I Stink! is all about what a garbage truck does while […]

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This is Mitten Weather!

| March 4, 2013 | 6 Comments
This is Mitten Weather!

Being a teacher I love bringing thematic learning to my classroom. This time of the year is tough, major holidays are over and spring is just around the corner but winter clothing still needs to be worn. During this time of year I would bring out my mitten unit for my primary students. I have […]

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