Tuesday, April 23, 2013

To answer, "What are some good books for my child to read?"

This Essential Books for Kids and Teens of books for children of all ages, compiled by Common Sense media, is so good I just had to share it with all of our wonderful MWE parents! Keep those kiddos reading and enjoyng the use of their imagination through encouraging them to read any of these titles!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Toddler Story Time: Mo Willems

I am so excited to share with you one of my most favorite children's authors... MO WILLEMS (otherwise known as the guy who writes the Pigeon books)!!
Today's story time we had lots of fun reading Mo Willem's books. Mrs. Simmons, a fabulous lady I share an office with, started us off with her son's favorite Mo Willems book, Cat the Cat, Who is That?, which she read with fabulously fun voices. The great thing about the Cat the Cat books are that pre-school age children can "read" them by themselves because of the simplicity and predictability of the story. (Watch Mrs. Simmons' son Thomas read one here.) Then we sang along with Miss Nina to "If you're happy and you know it", which helped us get up and moving! Next we watched an interview with Cat the Cat and Mo Willems. We could not leave out the Pigeon, so then we read The Pigeon wants a Puppy!, which was one of my son's favorite books when he was younger. (If you don't know Pigeon, be sure to check out Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus!) Next we watched an animated version of There's a bird on your head which introduced us to Mo's Elephant and Pig characters.We finished story time with Edwina: the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct. I shared a fun website with lots of Mo Willems characters, stories, and activities called "Pigeon Presents" which is celebrating Pigeon's 10th birthday this year! And if that wasn't enough Mo Willems fun for you, be sure to join us at MWE on Tuesday, April 23rd at 5:00PM when Blue Willow Book Shop brings Mo Willems to our cafeteria to share his newest book That is Not a Good Idea!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Toddler Story Time: Brothers and Sisters

Happy National Sibling Day!! Today we celebrated the wonderful relationship we have with our brothers and sisters. We started by reading Big Brother, Little Brother by Marci Curtis. Brothers have so many fun adventures together! Have you had a pillow fight or played in mud puddles lately? Next we watched Miss Nina's newest video "Shoo fly" because sometimes we want our brothers and sisters to just go away! Then we read Another Brother by Matthew Cordell where one sheep has brothers who copy everything he does, and then one day they stop! He didn't realize he liked the attention from his brothers until he didn't have it anymore. "Between the Lions" brought us "How to be" different animals which taught us how to be a good person (and brother or sister) in the end. Our last book was Sisters by David McPhail which told about how two sisters were alike and different. One thing all brothers and sister have in common is how much they LOVE EACH OTHER! So, take time to hug a brother or a sister today and enjoy this "Family Songs" playlist together.