Are you creating good childhood memories with your children?

Whether this is an "affirmation" post, a "reminder" post, or both, depends upon you. If you are reading to your children on a regular basis, then good job.  This is an affirmation post.  You know that you are doing wondering things for both you and your child/children when you take the time to read to them. If you need a gentle nudge because reading books has gotten put on the back burner, then this is your reminder of how important it is to read to your children. As the message above says (well, kind of anyway), sometimes it's less important what families read together than the fact that you are spending that "quality" time with them and creating some great memories.  My three children, who are all adults now, have so many memories of all the times we spen reading together when they were little.  The fact that the memories are good means that they were obviously enjoying themselves at the same time that we were creating bonds between us. However, we also know that the benefits of … [Read more...]

Ella the Doggy Activity Book For Kids Just Released!

Ella's Activity Book for kids is available now! You can be among the first to get Ella's new activity book...! What's Inside:                                     Mazes             Word Finds            Crossword Puzzles          Coloring Pages            Word Scrambles          And more!  Hours and hours of fun for your family This activity book is based on the "Ella the Doggy" book series. You do not need to have the books to do the activities. However... having the books makes the activities in the book even more enjoyable because children are entertained by looking for the answers in the book.  Since "Ella the Doggy" books are designed to be read to the child around 2-5 years of age, we wanted to give older children a way to enjoy Ella too....  Hence, "Ella the Doggy Activity Book!" Those old enough to read (adults included) can either do the activities on their own or help a younger child complete them. Entertaining and Educational The … [Read more...]

Can Effective Teaching Strategies Include Comics For Kids?

Can Comics for Kids be One of Several Effective Teaching Strategies? Comics are just one more avenue where readers can use context and picture clues, to teach them how to read and write.  Comic books are a fun way to engage children in reading.  For struggling readers, comic books can be an extra good resource because they are usually shorter than many  books, so they aren't as overwhelming.  Also, the visuals help readers to more easily understand what is happening in the story. Sometimes just getting children to read in the first place can be a challenge.  Comic books can be one of several effective reading comprehension strategies.  They can help get kids interested in reading and hopefully they will progress from there. I have to think that if the reader enjoys the comic book format, he/she will definitely learn to be a better reader and writer.  It just makes sense.  The more you enjoy something, the more you do it, the more you learn from it. Comics Used as Primary … [Read more...]

Looking for Free Books online this Fall?

If you need FREE books on Kindle for the kids, "Doggy loves Autumn" is probably just the book you are looking for! In this book, the second in the "Ella the Doggy" book series, you and the children can follow along with Ella the Doggy, as she keeps busy during the Fall season! Fall Outdoor Activities Ella is having lots of fun as the weather cools down in Minnesota. While on her walks outside, she notices lots of changes in the colors... and she keeps busy snacking on foods from the garden! Indoor Activities Inside the house, there is even more action as Ella sees her people family celebrating Halloween... and Thanksgiving! As a reminder, the following are some of the benefits of reading to children: Improved speech and language development Children learn how to pronounce new words Vocabulary expansion Children tend to do better in school Helps build a life long interest in reading Children learn how to listen Helps children grasp grammar and … [Read more...]

Puzzle Games from Ella the Doggy

Just in time for Fall -  Puzzle Games from Ella the Doggy! Snuggle in with your little ones and have some fun with these puzzle pages. Below you will find both a printable crossword puzzle and a word search game from "Doggy Loves Autumn!" You can find most of the answers without the book, but it's  extra fun to have the book and let your children look for the answers in the book if they need help. Suggestions for completing these printable puzzles: 1. Let your Kindergartner and early school-age children try them by themselves OR... 2. Do the puzzles together with your younger child.  Adults will enjoy theses puzzles too.   (The answers for the above puzzle are posted at the bottom of this page). If you are not already on "Ella the Doggy's" reading list, here is what you are missing out on: 1) A link to receive a FREE audio download of “Doggy’s Busy Day 2) FREE coloring pages of Ella to print and color 3) An entry into the monthly drawing for an “Ella the … [Read more...]

The Many Benefits of Having a Pet in Your Family – Especially a Dog!

Have you ever noticed that most kids are drawn like magnets to animals? I think there are lots of reasons why this is so, but I think the biggest reason is because pets give unconditional love and accept us for who we are. This is especially true for dogs. As well as being able to understand many of the words that we say, by paying attention to our tone of voice and body language, dogs can be quite adept at tuning into our behaviors and feelings. The gifts that your dog can bring to your family are immeasurable. My youngest child Luke, who is 19 now, pretty much stopped having regular conversations with his Dad and I several years ago, which is probably common for many teenagers. However, he also spends as little time as possible in the companionship with other human beings too - including his peers. This is obviously not a healthy way to live for an extended period of time, which is the situation with Luke. Enter our two family pets that we have had over the years as … [Read more...]

Your dog needs exercise every day!

Giving your dog exercise every day has many benefits. Ella on a walk.  Can you see the smile on her face?  As expected, this time of year brings colder weather - much colder weather in some parts of the United States! I live in Minnesota, so our temperatures can be very frigid this time of year, to say the least.  Most days it's hard to motivate myself to get outside, even though I know that the fresh air, exercise and (on a good day) sunshine will invigorate me. If you have a pet like many people do, he/she will  benefit from the same things that you do when you get outside.  When dogs get enough exercise, they are usually less hyper inside, which is an especially good thing for a dog who needs lots of exercise like a Siberian Husky.  The Husky is a very inquisitive (nosy) and active (mischievous) animal.  So...if you don't keep them busy, you could pay for it in other ways if they get bored.  I have witnessed first hand what a bored husky can do.   Our first Husky, Camper, … [Read more...]