Thursday, September 22, 2016

Picture Book Review: Maxwell the Monkey Barber

I was totally pulled in by the cover on this picture book. It so beautifully fills the page. Maxwell the Monkey Barber is the story of a cute little monkey who provides new hairdo's for the animal kingdom. My first thought upon reading the book was to warn preschoolers how cutting hair is only a grownups job.
This is a cute little book that can emphasize "thinking outside of the box" to help a friend and could be used with coloring sheets of monkeys, elephants, and lions. Also, don't forget a barber is a community helper!
Here is my review:
4 Stars
Maxwell is an adorable little monkey who provides haircuts for other animals. I was immediately drawn in by the cover. When Maxwell must make an elephant look good, he comes up with a wonderfully practical solution. This would be a good book for a preschool classroom!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Picture Book Review: Puggle's Problem

This is a great little book for teaching the concept of patience. Puggle's Problem is about a spiny anteater who is waiting for his prickly spines to grow in. The book follows a familiar pattern of Pipp, the main character asking other animals about how they acquired their individual features. For American children, it is a great exposure to Australian animals and by the way, "gum" to them is eucalyptus plants.
Here is my review:
4 Stars
Puggle's Problem is a great book to help young children understand the concept of patience. Pipp, a spiny anteater, is waiting for his spines to grow in and asks an array of animals about their growing pains. The illustrations are simple and uncluttered, making this book easier to focus on for young children and special learners.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

New Picture Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing

Ever have one of those days when the temper tantrums outnumber the Kumbaya moments? The Most Magnificent Thing delves into a child's frustration while in the the throes of creativity. Ashley Spires little girl is adorable, and this would be a great book to read to your class.

Here is my review:
A little girl has an idea for a "Magnificent" creation. "Easy Peasy". 
This humorous book shows a child's excitement and resulting 
frustration in the creative process. After blowing off some steam, 
the little girl goes back to her creation and comes up with something 
really magnificent. This would be good for all children, but especially
 children who become easily frustrated.  Loved this delightful book.

Coloring Pages About Inventors

@ Crayola

@ Nursery Rhymes Fun

@ Printable Colouring Pages

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Baseball Book for Spring Read Aloud

This time of year, many preschoolers take part in T-Ball and baseball. The hardest thing for these children is the realization that they haven't developed the skill set to play ball and can only achieve that through practice. A tough concept for a five year old.

 My Review: I really enjoyed Jake plays ball because he struggles so much. This book is from Christian publisher, Zondervan so not only does Jake work on his batting moves, but he also prays about his frustrations. He "strikes out" while playing with a friend but then with his Grandmother's help and few props, finally is able to hit a ball. Great book to read-aloud to a pre-k class.

 Click on the link to find this book at Amazon in ebook form.
  Baseball Coloring Pages
@ Coloring Worksheets
 @ Print Activities
@ Hello Kids
@ Crayola    

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Snowflake Bulletin Board Border to Print

                   So, it's January--Gray skies, cold days and snow.  Don't you need a border for that?

       You can use this bulletin board border around all of those snow-related crafts your kids are making this month.  Now go have some hot chocolate and cheer up.  February, full of pink, red and purple is coming.
                                         Click Here to Download The Snowflake Border