Paper Books vs Digital Books

Ok, so this has been a topic of discussion among myself and other moms and teachers, what is better paper or digital books? About two months ago I started a six month subscription to the new Netflix of books, Epic. Now when I first read about the program, I was completely and utterly super excited to have all these books right at the touch of a computer or tablet button.  Reading has never been something that I have had to beg my kids to do, but making time for the library and bookstore has in the past been a problem.  I…

15 Ways to put the fun back into painting

In my household we love to paint.  During the winter and spring months we do most of our painting projects, because these are the times when the weather does not allow for outdoor fun.  After so many months of painting, we had to think of different tools around the house to use to put the excitement back into painting. Painting with brushes of course – small brushes, big brushes, paint rollers, and brushes with different textures. Painting with kitchen utensils – Grab some spoons, forks, sporks, and serving utensils. Spatulas, whisk, and mashers are also fun kitchen utensils to paint…

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

A new book series has just been released for all the preschool and kindergarten early readers in the world. Tori’s Books are a collection of sight word learning books with colorful pictures and easy to follow language. The repetition and playful story will have your child reading independently and to others. I am very proud of this series of books, mostly because my daughter who is the inspiration for The Middle Child Luck series is the illustrator. The books are available on kindle and iTunes.  Please write a review or comment and let us know how you liked the books.  Two…

Speak those words I long to hear

If you know my story, you know that I have lovingly struggled with my 2-year-old and her inability to communicate.  In the beginning I was sad and frustrated, but then I put myself in her shoes and realized that this must be a struggle for her as well. I sometimes do get sad when I am around other children her age.  To hear them call out to their parents “mama” or “dada”, Oh how I long to hear those words. I never realized how precious those moments are when you hear your child speak for the very first time.  I…

I’ve Had it All Wrong

  The developmental and speech therapist came this week for my two-year old and I’ve made a discovery, I’ve been doing things all wrong. “They” have always said how important reading, colors, numbers, and shapes are when helping toddlers with their cognitive and language skill development. Well… After my meeting with the therapist I had been sadly mistaken. The therapist said I need to get back to the basics. Keywords for today FREE PLAY! My child needs more free play not structured play. I mean I’ve always believed that when she is playing alone in the playroom, that that’s free…

Help, my two-year old won’t speak

I have had 5 children and with each one I have faced a different challenge. My youngest one is two-years old and she does not speak. Of course this being a first for me I panicked and instantly thought it was my fault. I went crazy reading every book, magazine, blog, internet information I could find. After her doctor visit I was told that she would need therapy, but in the meantime she gave me some tips on things I could do to pull the language out of my two-year old. Everything she told me I had already tried and…