Snuggle up with a mug of hot cocoa and read some fun winter-themed books with your little ones.
One-Dog Sleigh written by Mary Casanova and illustrated by Ard Hoyt
If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! written by Kim Norman and illustrated by Liza Woodruff
A Perfect Day by Carin Berger
Cold Snap written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Millions of Snow by Lerryn Korda
Rain! by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Christian Robinson is an charming children’s picture book about how your mood, whether good or bad, can rub off on others.
A young child is excited about the rain. He puts on his frog hat and goes ‘ribbiting’ through the puddles. Across town an old grouchy man puts on his hat and grumbles as he goes out in the rain. The two eventually cross paths. The old man comes to realize his grouchy mood and how it is affecting others.
This book is a great lesson in how a smile, or a frown, affects everyone around you. Everywhere the man goes, frowns follow. Everywhere the boy goes, smiles follow. The book’s bright illustrations with paper cut designs tell the story well. You and your child will enjoy reading this book over and over again.
The good mood versus bad mood reminded me of how we all need encouragement and uplifting. The Bible teaches us that and provides several powerful examples in the book of Proverbs. Read more here.
After watching some wonderful TED talks by Ken Robinson, I am more passionate than ever about creating a learning environment that engages my children’s curiosity, individuality, and creativity.
I want to be my children’s guide and create a wonderful learning environment for them. I want to spark their curiosity. Kids naturally want to learn. I don’t want to squash that.
Mr. Robinson says, “We are educating people out of their creativity.” At the core of my curriculum will be creativity. It all starts with a great children’s picture book to peek the child’s curiosity. Then off they go to explore the planned topic through games, other hands-on activities, projects, art, writing, and even videos. The child will explore in the way they learn best. They are free to creatively express themselves in any way.
Continue to follow along as I develop a learning environment for my children that engages their curiosity, individuality, and creativity.