My Little Readers is a place where you can learn about our family's learning adventures, techniques to help build literacy, and ideas for activities to engage in with your children.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer Reading Programs

Several days ago Money Saving Mom posted a link to Saving Dollars and Sense where Kristie posted a list of FREE Summer Reading Programs for kids.  I am really excited about this because I'd like to sign Snootz up for one of these programs.  I haven't talked to him yet but I'm fairly certain he'll be interested in participating.  I looked at the options and I think Book Adventure through Sylvan will be most appropriate for him but if he is more interested in one of the others we can certainly consider that.  I like that Sylvan's program has an online comprehension test for the child to take after they've read each book.  I think Snootz would really enjoy that (he loves working on the computer) and I also think he'd enjoy working towards one of the prizes they offer.  I looked at their book list and they offer a wide selection of books, many of which should be available at our local library.  I also like Sylvan's search tool and that the books are leveled.  Some of the other programs are more open-ended so you can read whatever books you choose but we may need something a little more structured right now.  We will likely participate in other Summer Reading Programs in the future.

Will your child(ren) participate in any of these programs?  Do you know of any other Summer Reading Programs?

Miss Spider's Tea Party - Free iPad App

For a limited time you can get the Miss Spider's Tea Party app FREE on your iPad!  We have several of the Miss Spider books in hard copy and they are so cute.  I love the colorful artwork.  We will certainly enjoy this ebook as well.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Funny Things Children Say

The past four weeks have been unbelievably busy as we've battled sicknesses at our house, celebrated Easter, got items ready for the Just Between Friends consignment sale, and then tried to catch up on everything that got put aside through all the busyness, like cleaning and laundry.  The children and I have also spent a lot of time outside enjoying spring and some fresh air.  Today our four-year old said something so adorable that I need to take a moment to share it with you.  I hope you get a chuckle out of it.

My husband has been working long hours for the past couple of weeks and hasn't been able to join us for dinner most nights.  Tonight he came home for dinner but then had to go back to work to finish some things that need to be completed by tomorrow.  As we were eating, our four-year old, Snootz, was disappointed when he realized his dad was going to have to leave right after dinner.  Snootz asked him, "Why do you have to go back to work?"  My husband thought for a moment and then said, "Well, there are deadlines......"  Snootz was silent for a moment and then in a serious voice he asked, "Why are there dead lions at work?"  My husband and I looked at each other and laughed.  We have both been feeling pretty tired out lately but who wouldn't laugh at a response like that?  We of course proceeded to tell Snootz that Daddy has deadlines he needs to meet.......work that needs to get done by the end of the day.  After we explained it to Snootz I think he understood but honestly I think it sounds a lot more exciting for his daddy to have dead lions at work.

These are the stories we need to remember and tell our children when they get older.  How fun for them to hear the cute and silly things they said and did when they were little.  I am not very good at writing things down......hence this blog!

Have your children said or done anything cute lately?  (All the time, right?)

No, I didn't put a picture of a dead lion on my blog page.  He is just sleeping.  Zzzzzzzz.