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FREE amazing reading game!!

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Do your kids love reading? Do they maybe just need a way to review what they’ve learned at school? Or maybe you just want to help them learn to read? I recently learned of a program through Usborne Books that you can get for your child completely free (the computer version) an all online. My five year old has been trying to learn how to read. She starts school in the fall and I know she’ll learn in school, but why not get a jump on it? She already knew all her letter sounds and some basic blends. She also had started sounding out simple words like dog, cat, etc., and I know that she learns very quickly by either playing a learning game or watching an educational show. So when I learned about this program I jumped at the chance!

tymtr1.jpgThis game called Teach Your Monster to Read has three levels. The first level covers the basic steps, letter sounds, basic blends, etc. Then you move up from there. (Each level is explained in more depth on the website) My daughter started at level one because I wasn’t sure if level two was too advanced for where she already was or not. She flew through level one and is currently working on level two. I was shocked that she could read simple sentences and was learning tricky words like “the” and “to” as well as others after only 1 week! She loves it, and begs me to play. First, your child creates his/her own monster, then they begin to embark on an adventure to help repair an alien spaceship. As they play different games they learn new words, new sounds, new blends, new tricky words, and I noticed as she plays level two she stops every so often to read a sentence that directs her to do something. For example, one of the sentences was “Get the big cat.” She then had to click on the big cat to direct her monster what he was supposed to do. I was so impressed with this game and the progress that my daughter made I wanted to share with other parents out there! It’s perfect for early learners or just for summer review for the more advanced readers. The computer version is completely free, but if you want the app for your phone or tablet that costs money. I looked on my Kindle at it, and I believe it was $4.99, but I decided to just let my daughter play it on my laptop. You should definitely check it out!

If you want to try it out, go to www.teachyourmonstertoread.com, and register your child today!

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Words to Dream On by Diane Stortz–Book Review

_240_360_Book_1502_coverIt is of the utmost importance to teach our children about God and the stories of the Bible. This devotional for kids has many Bible stories in it, and retells them in a way that children can understand them. Each story is followed by a bed-time prayer and a lesson to be learned from the story.

I absolutely loved this devotional, its perfect for young children. It is beautifully illustrated and retold in a way that young children will not only understand the story, but also will keep their attention. My three-year-old loves it and wants me to read more than one devotional a night before bedtime. I also love the bedtime prayers because I feel that it helps teach children how to pray more in-depth prayers. I would recommend this to all parents of young children.

To get your own copy click here.

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I Can Learn the Bible by Holly Hawkins Shivers–Book Review

_240_360_Book_1448_coverI Can Learn the Bible is a 52 week devotional for children that encourages them to memorize Bible verses throughout the year. There is one verse for each week of the year, and each devotion explains the verse that the children are supposed to focus on memorizing that week.

This devotional for children was wonderful! I love that it encourages children to memorize the Bible. It has wonderful explanations of the verses that children can understand, and is beautifully illustrated. I will say that I think it is more for older children than for preschoolers, I’d say for at least children five and older. I read the first couple to my three-year old, and I think it was a little above her head. I plan on waiting a year or two before I read it with her again, so she’ll understand the explanations better. I do like all the verses they picked for children to memorize, and I have been working on memorizing them with my daughter. I completely recommend this book for parents to read with their children.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell–Book Review

the-5-love-languages-of-childrenThe Five Love Languages of Children is a book that can help parents to learn how to best love their children. It goes through each love language and explains what to look for and how to show love for a child who has that particular language as their primary language. It also has chapters on how to show love in discipline, how to deal with anger and love, and also how to implement the love languages in a single parent home.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I find it very helpful to show your children love in a way that will keep what Chapman calls their “emotional love tank” full. I would highly recommend every parent to read it no matter how old your children are. It’s important that we understand how to best show our love to our children. I know I learned a lot not just about how to show my love to my children, but also how to properly discipline without making them feel unloved.

**I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag by Mike Berenstain – book review

_240_360_Book_1437_coverBrother Bear and Sister Bear have a serious problem with bragging and boasting. Throughout the book they are constantly trying to top each other’s accomplishments. Finally their grandpa shows them how silly they are being and what the Bible says about bragging and boasting.

I have always loved the Berenstain Bear books, so I was excited to receive this one for my daughter. It definitely held her attention, and I think the author did a wonderful job at conveying the principle of bragging and boasting and how it’s wrong. He quotes different verses throughout the book showing that the Bible says that bragging and boasting is wrong. I believe it is important for children to learn early these principles, and this book is a great way to teach them this simple principle. I highly recommend this book for every parent to read to their children.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

What’s in a Name?

Coming up with baby names proves to be hard for my husband and me. We come up with one, and inevitably one of us doesn’t like the other’s suggestion. We have come up with a few we both like, but then after a few weeks it wears off and we look some more. I’m sure we’re not the only couple in the world who has had this dilemma. Luckily we still have a few more months, but as I read through the baby name book I find myself thinking “this poor baby girl is going to be nameless!” Now I know eventually we’ll find one we like and stick with it before baby is born, but it still makes this mommy a bit anxious.

Reading through the baby name book has enlightened me that some people really don’t think about what they name their children. Some of the suggestions in the book I read and think, “Do people actually name their children these names?”  I have the book “100,000 plus Baby Names” and in the front section it has different categories before you get to the alphabetical listings. (I always start there because it’s just more intriguing to me, but alas, I have finished that section with no luck, so now I feel like I’m literally reading the dictionary to find names.) There is a section called Disney names, it lists names such as Minnie, Aurora, Cinderella, etc., but as you get near the bottom of the list for girls it suggests Tinkerbell. I mean it’s cute, I just can’t ever imagine naming the baby Tinkerbell. I could see if it was a nickname, but it just never occurred to me that it could be her legal name. Naming a child is serious business, I mean they have to live with it for the rest of their life. Some names can cause taunting from the kids at school. Or you could name your child a name that has a bad stigma. We have a great responsibility as parents not just in raising our children right and raising them to love and serve the Lord, but right down to naming them. It may sound like something so simple, but we should definitely pray about what we name our children. (Sad to say, as I’m typing this I realized I haven’t done this, and maybe that’s why we can’t seem to come up with the perfect name and agree on it, so starting today I will be praying every day we come up with a name we both like and agree on!)