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...]

Reading – One of the Great Indoor Activities for Kids!

Photo: flickr.com/people/adwriter" It's a sad, but true fact. It's getting harder and harder to get children reading more books instead of doing other things, such as gaming. That's why it's so important to use reading as a mainstay for indoor activities for kids. In this new age of electronics and the allure of all the gaming possibilities, it seems many children are becoming virtually addicted to playing computer games.  Even on beautiful Spring and Summer days, my son would spend all his free time playing computerized games, it was left up to him. And now that the cold, winter months will soon be upon us, it often becomes even more challenging to entice our children to do productive things with their time - especially for a family who lives in Minnesota, as we do.  In our neck of the woods, there are way too many days that I can not send my son outside to do something, because it is physically just too cold. So, if our children have to be indoors on certain days, what's a … [Read more...]

Audio Books Are a Great Way to Learn a Foreign Language – Especially When They are Free!

Based on personal experience, I really don't think there are a whole lot of things I enjoy more than cuddling up with and reading to a child. However, there are times when we are just too busy or we may not be physically present to have the option of sitting down and reading to our children.  What's a good alternative then? The answer is Audio Books. Audio books have lots of benefits, such as entertaining children, calming them down, and getting them away from the TV set or gaming systems. Audio books can also come in very handy during a family trip.  Bored children and/or siblings who are fighting with each other is not my idea of vacation!  Whenever I and my husband went anywhere with the kids, we always brought books along.  In fact, we always kept books in the car and even in the diaper bag.   Traveling with some books on tape or CD can usually make the journey far more enjoyable  and less stressful for everyone involved.  Even short distances driving back and forth from work or … [Read more...]

Ebooks offer benefits “normal” books don’t…

I love holding an actual physical book in my hand and reading it.  Whether it's the middle of a blustery winter day or an afternoon at the beach, not much can beat a good book. Having said that, books that you can download onto an electronic reading device (Ebooks),  do come with some "extras" that a book made of paper cannot offer,   Especially when you have younger children. For instance, with Ebooks, you can have numerous book titles to choose from - all on one device. Often, Ebooks contain links within the text that will take you to some interesting web sites relative to the book that you are reading.  All you have to do is click the link. Ebooks can also offer sound effects, video clips, activity pages, and much more.   When you are trying to entertain a child who may be getting very cranky, or a child with a short attention span, this can be a big advantage over a "regular" book. Some Ebooks  even come with an audio  or multimedia CD included.  This encourages … [Read more...]

What Kind of Books Do Kids Like?

As parents, we may not realize how important it is to read to our children as early as possible, beginning with infancy.  Reading to children promotes strong cerebral, and emotional development.  Any positive interaction between parent and child is helpful to a child's growth, but reading is by far one of the very best ways. Different features in books, such as phrasing, and pictures appeal to different age groups.  As parents, we should understand what type of books are best for a youngster at certain learning stages in their lives.   Although every child is different, the following is a basic breakdown of the kind of books that children react to and enjoy at certain ages: Newborn to 12 months:  children at this age react to solid, large books with big bright pictures.   Remember that your little one's vision is still evolving daily and the images we see may be clearer than their view.  Big pictures stand out better and capture their attention.  Books with covered and protected photos … [Read more...]