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...]

Why Reading to Children Helps with Literacy

Reading to your children Plays a Huge Role in their Literacy Level You probably know that research shows that the early years involve the highest rates of learning, and the habits formed at a young age will stay with them for a lifetime.  Therefore, it's a perfect time to introduce children to books which educate and inform throughout life.  Children are never too young to enjoy books (including newborns), and it's not just about reading the words.  It's also about enjoying the interaction with parents as the child sits with them and enjoys the time spent together.  Just hearing a parent's voice can be a great comfort.You can't possibly start reading to your child "too soon," including your newborn. Children of any age can benefit from experiencing books on a day to day basis, each and every day.  A good selection of quality children's books is a very important part of the whole literacy process. Reading to Babies Bedtime stories are a great way to help send babies off to … [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...]

Can you really home school and still work outside the home?

When my three children were young, I often thought of home-schooling them.  My daughter seemed to fit in more with the "traditional' school setting, but I think that my two sons could have really benefited from learning at home.  (Ironically, I was at home for ten years doing home daycare, as I had left my job and decided that I wanted to be at home with my kids during the day when they were younger). There were a few things that held me back from taking the home school route.  First of all, my husband did not even want to consider the idea.  He had lots of misconceptions about home-schooled children and he did not think that it would be in their best interests.  Secondly, I did not personally know anyone growing up who had been schooled  at home, and as an adult, I did not know any other parents who home-schooled their children.  So basically, I did not have any real knowledge about home-schooling and I  did not have the support to follow through with it. When my kids entered … [Read more...]