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Ready for Kindergarten Book Study: Counting and Number Recognition

Parents, teachers and caregivers of young children, I am recommending a new book for you to add to your library!  Ready for Kindergarten!: From Recognizing Colors to Making Friends, Your Essential Guide to Kindergarten Prep by Deborah J. Stewart, MEd is the perfect resource for those wanting practical insight into preparing children for success in kindergarten.  Deborah shares information about things children should know and how
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Are television and audio hurting or helping literacy?

We are continuing with the summer book study of  “The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition” by Jim Trelease with a review of Chapter 8: Television and Audio: Hurting or Helping Literacy? Television Talking about how much TV children watch can be a hot topic.  And with the introduction of more and more “screens” in our lives (computers, electronic games, iPads, etc.) – monitoring a child’s screen-time can become a
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Summer Book Exchange | The Year of Miss Agnes

This summer myself and my daughter participated in a cool activity called the “Summer Book Exchange” (hosted by -The Educators’ Spin On It) – where we were paired up with another blogger to exchange a book and activities with each other to promote Summer reading.  We then read the book and do the activities that were sent to us and blog about it.  It’s
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Giving from the heart for the heart

Announcing … The Heart Project! A true labor of love organized by Jamie at Hands on : as we grow – this project is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the American Heart Association. We have been collaborating with more than 70 childhood bloggers to create an eBook showcasing craft ideas all about HEARTS! This eBook is filled with over 100 gorgeous heart-shaped
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Counting and literacy activity with Pete the Cat

The “Pete the Cat” series of books are loved by children, teachers and parents! (We are pretty big FANS ourselves!) While doing a recent “Book & Boogie” activity with the story “Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons” at our local library, I wanted to have something for the children to take home with them so they could retell the story. The activity
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Book & Boogie – Do the Alphabet Boogie!

Today we are releasing a NEW video in our “Book & Boogie” series! This online video series features stories and music components that work well together – and some movement choreography to go with them, so teachers and parents can do this literacy activity with children in their class, playgroup or at home. Alphabet Boogie This video features a book and song component related
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Book & Boogie – Old MacDonald’s Farm

More story reviews and music and movement ideas and choreography coming your way with the “Book & Boogie” ONLINE VIDEO SERIES today! To recap the videos we released so far, we featured a Warm up & Cool down, along with fun story / music combinations about dinosaurs, trains and ducks. Today we are showcasing a book and song component related to riding a bus
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Book & Boogie – The Wheels on the Bus

More story reviews and music and movement ideas and choreography coming your way with the “Book & Boogie” ONLINE VIDEO SERIES today! To recap the videos we released so far, we featured a Warm up & Cool down, along with fun story / music combinations about dinosaurs, trains and ducks. Today we are showcasing a book and song component related to riding a bus
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Book & Boogie – Ducks in the pond

We are continuing this week with our “Book & Boogie” ONLINE VIDEO SERIES, where we feature stories with music and movement! We are featuring a new “Book & Boogie” video each day this week to kick off the series. So far this week, we featured our Warm up & Cool down, and fun story / music combinations about dinosaurs and trains. Next up, we
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“Book & Boogie” a sneak peek!

In August we hinted about a new project we were working on. We are ready to give you a sneak peek before we unveil our entire new video series on October 15th! For the past two years, we have been offering a literacy-based music & movement program to preschools across Connecticut called “Book & Boogie”. “Book & Boogie” is a children’s program where we
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