Monday, July 30, 2012

in {her} shoes...sylvia

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Sylvia from Homeschooling Through Triumphs, Trials, and Tragedies is a new blog friend of mine.  her story is heartwarming and inspirational.  last week, she participated in the Living Life Special blog carnival


What is the most challenging part of being the type of mom that you are?
I think that I tend to worry too much about my children's health. No, I don't run them to the doctor for every sniffle or anything like that, but my faith in prayer took a big hit back in 2000 when my then two year old daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer. I had always prayed everyday that my children would be protected from illness and accidents, so I really believed that they would not get sick or hurt. It had certainly never occurred to me that this might not be the case. But the fact is that sometimes bad things do happen despite fervent prayers to the contrary. For quite some time I honestly struggled with wondering what the use of praying was if God was going to let bad things happen anyway. Thankfully, God and I have resolved my faith issues. I realize and can now accept that He has a perfect plan for each of my children-plans to prosper them and not to harm them. I can rest assured knowing that God is indeed in control. But I would be lying if I said that I didn't still wrestle from time to time with the feeling that there might be a disaster or catastrophe involving my children, lurking around the next corner.

What is the most rewarding?
The most rewarding thing about being a parent has been when I have been able to stand back and keep from interfering with God's perfect plans for my children. It has been an awesome and humbling experience witnessing the transformation of my children into become the amazing and wonderful young men and women that God has meant for them to be. All of my children are kind, compassionate and love helping others. It is amazing and again very humbling when I think of how with God's help, two insecure, bumbling country bumpkins (my husband and I), could produce such caring, socially conscious, confident, and successful human beings. But I don't think my husband and I can take credit for that. That is between the children and God!

What do you think are the most important values that parents can instill in their children?
The most important thing we can do as a parent is lead our children to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. After that I think we need to instill in them a love for family and a sense of loyalty to family. I also believe that it is important to teach our children to love, care about, and be compassionate to all human beings regardless of race, religion, and yes, even lifestyle.

If your children could describe you in three words, what would they be?
I decide to ask my children this question directly. My ten year old son said that I was old, kind of grouchy, and un-strict. My sixteen year old daughter said that I was patient, opinionated, and hilarious. My nineteen year old daughter agreed with her sister and added that I had nerves of steel! Well. I obviously can't get any younger, but I guess I need to work on being less grouchy!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Living Life Special: Teaching Children Compassion

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This post was written as a contribution to the Living Life Special Blog Carnival. The participating bloggers are sharing their experiences in parenting or teaching children with special needs.  Also included are posts on how to educate others about special needs.

a few months ago, i took Pip {16} and Bear {3.5} to dairy queen for ice cream. there was a bit of a line, so we got in the rope queue and waited.  while we were waiting, we saw a darling little girl waiting with her family.  she was about two years old and so cute! she had really short upper arms, but other than that, there was nothing else visibly different. Bear looked at her, smiled, and moved on. but while we were waiting in line, Pip kept looking staring at the little girl. i had to tell her to stop several times. 

once we were away from them, we went through the whole "how would you feel if that was you?" talk. it broke my heart....for the little girl, and for Pip.  that curly-haired little girl was so young and happy. she probably didn't have a clue that she's in anyway "different", let alone that people are staring at her because of it. her little world is still about puppy dogs and fingerpainting.  and Pip? i felt i had failed her for not explaining differences to her more thoroughly.  i just assumed that she saw people of different types at school, so it wasn't an issue with her.

when we got home, i asked Pip to read a post that Kim from Tiaras and Bowties posted about a shopping experience she had with her daughter who has special needs.  you can find the post here.  after she read, Pip was very quiet...very sad.   and then i got a heavy heart as i realized that i was somewhat glad that it had touched her heart that way.  since i feel like a bad mother admitting that, let me explain. 

compassion is defined by Merriam-Webster as a "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it".  this consciousness is how compassion for others is developed; by seeing an experience from their point of view.  i think it's important for us to experience other's possible emotions as thoroughly as possible.  it's only through that heart-felt sorrow that we can understand.

here are some ways that i've been working with Bear on to help him to begin developing compassion early in life.

Completing a task without the use of our arms

Reading without Sight

we write our sponsored child in Rwanda every 2 weeks.  Bear "writes"  him letters and draws pictures to send.  sponsor your own child through Compassion International.

we support the children at The Covering orphanage in Sierra Leone financially and through daily prayer.  You can find their blog here.  the children at The Covering are a topic of daily conversation at our house.  i strive to remind my children that there are other children much less fortunate in our world.  a main point that I make is God calls up to care for orphans.  In you the orphan finds mercy. Hosea 14:3

there are so many ways to develop compassion in children.  i believe it's one of the most-needed traits...especially in a world such as ours is today.  with this compassion, our children will be more willing to interact and accept those with differences.  as i continue to work with Bear on these things, i pray that he will look at others who are different and wonder about how their lives are made special by the challenges and adaptations they have to make.


Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers who are contributing to the Living Life Special Blog Carnival.

From Boredom to Hyper-Focusing - Leann from Montessori Tidbits shares how special needs includes children who are gifted, as they have their own special set of needs that must be addressed on a daily basis.

Beating the Loneliness of Special Needs - Kim from Tiaras & Bowties explores the loneliness that can accompany children, especially those with special needs as they journey into young adulthood.  Don't miss these quick tips to help your child beat those feelings of exclusion and rejection while boosting self-esteem

Is There a Child with Special Needs in the Classroom? - Former teacher and insightful author, Susan Case offers guidance on how to prepare students for a child with special needs in the classroom. 

One Thing You Should Know - Kim from The Little Stories writes about a mother of a child with autism shares the one that that all of us need to know - the one thing that will show her we understand her child is important and accepted.   

Fine Motor Leads to Fine Art - Debbie Clement is a children's musician/song-writer, illustrator, author, and public speaker.  The also spent 10 years as a Resource teacher for young children with special needs.  Her article for the carnival examines Fine Motor Development and shares supportive observations for children with special needs on that

Thursday, July 26, 2012

help children get school supplies with this ebook

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I'm doing an children's activity ebook fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club school supply program.  All you have to do to participate is provide the link to one of your old posts that could be included in an ebook that will be given to people who donate $10+.  I'll also have a fundraising button that is optional to help promote.  That's it.  Sound good?


Now, here are the nitty, gritty details. 

I've been working with Michele, the Assistant Director of Social Media & Web Communications of the Boys and Girls Club of America to participate in the BGCA's Tools for Success campaign. The campaign is focused on raising money so that the underprivileged children they service can be provided with much needed school supplies.

That being said, I'm inviting you to participate in the Bloggers Filling Backbacks project.  As stated above, the ebook will be available to donors who give $10 to the BCGA fundraiser.  The donations will be made through the group fundraising page on BCGA's website.

Each submission will have your name, blog name, and blog address on the page. There will also be an About section at the back with a thumbnail pic and short biography (not required).

You can write a post announcing the campaign if you choose.  They will go live August 8th. It will run until September 14th since most schools will be in session by then. This is a short turnaround time, but since we are all contributing posts that have been previously published it won't take too much time. The most time-consuming part will be my entering them into the ebook. I will also provide a sample intro post that you can simply copy and paste into your email. This post is also an option for you if you don't want to submit but would like to support the project. I will have a few different buttons available soon that you can post on your sidebar.

Submission Guidelines:
  • A previous or new children's learning activity (you can submit up to 3)
  • I would like to have submissions by August 1st (contact me if other needed)
  • Email submission text w/photo attachment or the url -or- leave me the url of the post you're contributing in the comments section

Who's in to help get underprivileged kids school supplies?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

discipline with natural consequences

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one of my mom's favorite stories to tell about me was when i was about 2 years old and colored with crayons on the wall. my gram came home to find a lil Andie with a wet washcloth in hand scrubbing the wall, sniffling pitifully.  but you know what?  i never colored on the wall again. 

needless to say, when Bear and i had the conversation in the picture above, all i could think of was that story about me as a little kid. 

i could've reacted to this situation in a few different ways.

a.  taken away all of the pens, markers, etc
b.  put him in time-out
c.  made him clean it off

choice a solves the problem and prevents Bear from repeating the action again {at least until they're given back}, but it doesn't teach anything.

choice b removes him from what he did, but again, doesn't teach much.  sitting on a stool doesn't have anything to do with writing on a shoe.

choice c follows natural consequences.  if "this" happens, then "that" naturally happens. 

Bear and i had a small conversation about his decision. 
and i do mean brief3 questions.  here is the condensed version...
what are pens used for?   paper
are your shoes made of paper?  no
so should you write on them?  no

this walked Bear through his poor choice clearly and simply without mucking it up with lots of words.  then he got a wipe and cleaned it as best as he could. 

i ended up helping him finish cleaning it. but that's okay, because i want him to learn that when he makes mistakes, he'll have to try and fix them.

and if he can't do it all by himself, i'll be right there.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

helping my child make friends

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You may have read my post last month titled On How to Make Friends.  I wrote about my struggle in how to help my 3.5 yr old son make friends.  It was hard for me to figure out how to help him due to my own social awkwardness. 

Bear is outgoing and proficient in conversations with adults.  I suppose this comes from living in a house full of "big people".  He doesn't get that much of an opportunity to interact with other kiddos.  So in group settings, he becomes extremely introverted and is left out of activities because of this.

I got an overwhelmingly caring response to my On How to Make Friends post from so many people.  It brought me to tears that so many people, both friends and strangers wanted to help me help my son.  So I followed some of their suggestions and came up with a few solutions of my own.  Here are the ones that seem to be working so far...

I stepped out of my comfort zone.
We all know how much our children pick up from us.  Once I was reminded of this, I had to force myself to do something that I was {and still am} uncomfortable with... relating to other moms.  How could I expect Bear to do it if I myself didn't?  So, during Vacation Bible School, I reached out to the other parents that were in Bear's class.  Here's how I did it...

I made playdate "business" cards.
I'll tell you several of the moms looked at me weird when I handed them these. I told them that our kids seemed to get along well and that we'd love to get together sometime. Of all of them, only 2 gave me their information as well. But I wasn't discouraged because I knew that putting myself {and Bear} out there like that was a big step.  Here's what they looked like:

I stopped using the words afraid and nervous.
Before going into a group situation like storytime or a playgroup, I stopped telling Bear "You don't have to be afraid or nervous.  I'll be right there."  I think that by previously using these phrases, I was telling him that there was something to be apprehensive about.  Instead, I started talking up the situation by saying things like, "I'm so excited about going to this storytime!  I wonder what new friends we'll meet?"

I joined a playgroup. 
I heard about a park playdate from a mom that I knew through our church.  From there, we joined 3 more playgroups in our area who do all types of fun things.  One of the groups is smaller and has more active members, so Bear will be able to be around the same children consistently.  Hopefully this will help him to forge some friendships.

So far, things are going better.  He's responding more to other children and gaining confidence.  It will take time, but I have full faith that things will even out.  I'm feeling better about the situation and I think that my lessened anxiety may have a small part in it as well. 

I'd love to know what types of things you do/have done to help your children make friends!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

in {her} shoes...amanda

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today's guest poster is from one of the most uniquely named blogs i've ever read. it's memorable, it's funny, and most of's authentic.  and that's one of the biggest things i look for in a blog :)

Hi there, I'm Amanda.   I blog over at Dirt and Boogers.  I am thrilled to be a part of this series.  I must admit that I did have a hard time writing this for some reason.  I guess it's always hard talking about yourself.  Well, I went for it anyways and decided to just start with the basics.

I have a 2 year old son, J,  and am pregnant with another child, due in January.  I am married to a wonderful, introverted, hardworking, military man, who is a fantastic Dad.   I'm a misplaced Texan who loves knitting, playing outside, a good cup of coffee, Mexican food, and anything with chocolate.  Ok, that wasn't so bad...let's keep going.

I have stayed at home with J since the very beginning.  I always knew that I wanted to be an at-home Mom, and I've never felt so satisfied in a job before.  We were lucky because we moved shortly after I had J, so we were able to financially adjust to one income at the same time we had to redo our finances because of the move. 

One of the difficult things about being a military family is that our lives are always changing.  J has already lived in three different states in his short two years in this world (and we're moving again in about a year!).  One of the difficult parts of all this moving is finding friendships and support.  It often takes time to find good friends, not only for my husband and me, but for J as well.  So, I am J's playmate most days.  We also don't have family around and finding babysitters is always a chore!   This often means that I don't get very many kid-free breaks or date nights with my husband.  After a while though, we find our people and things get better.

Recently our lives have changed again.  We just moved to a new base and life is totally different now.  My husband worked crazy long hours in his last job and was out of town for weeks at time.  Now, he's in school again and is in class a few hours a day and at home the rest of the time.   He also won't be traveling for a whole year...whooo hooo!  But talk about adjustment!  I was used to doing it all, and being the primary parent to J.  Now, we share responsibilities and parenting.  I'll admit that sometimes it's hard to let go of some of that responsibility.  We've had to learn the "new rules" of our life and adjust.  However, life's a lot better now than it was before the move!
A good thing that has come out of all the change, is that it brings us closer together.  Not having a constant support network of local family and friends makes you really have to work together and lean on each other.  In spite of all the craziness our life brings, I wouldn't have it any other way!

In terms of parenting, I am the kind of Mom that encourages communication and independance, promotes playfulnss, and gives lots of hugs and kisses.  I understand the importance of play, and I love having a playful environment for J.  You will often find us outside running amuck, or inside building blocks or getting messy.  My windows are usually open to let the sunshine in, and there is music and laughter coming from our house almost all day long.  Oh, and don't be surprised if you walk in on me dancing in the kitchen.  I love life, and I hope that I can show my children just how much fun life can be! 

I consider myself a hand's on Mom....kind of.  I am not the Mom who jumps up to save my kid everytime he's in trouble.  I kind of like it when he gets a bit frustrated with something.  Sounds weird huh?   But, it's really amazing to see how he is able to problem solve and figure out a tough situation on his own.  I help only when he really needs it...and I only help enough so that he can get to a point to finish it himself.  I think it's good for him to problem solve and think things through.  I do think that other parents may see me as hands off sometimes, but I know what he is and isn't capable of, and I trust in his abilites.  Trust me, I will rush right in if he's over his head!

J's a little too young to describe me, but I would hope that he finds me silly, nurturing, and loving.  All I know for sure is that I'm far from a perfect parent and that I make lots of mistakes.  I just hope that my children will feel how much I love them, because that's what matters most! 

Whew, that wasn't so bad!  I'm glad I got to show you a bit about me and what it's like to be in my shoes.  Thanks, Andie for the opportunity!

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

turning our train table into a zoo safari

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Bear got a train table for Christmas two years ago.  the first year he had it, it barely got played with.  it's just been within the past year, that he's really gotten into it.  but like all toys, it's gotten sTaLE.  so i decided that i would make it a bit more interesting using something that appealed to him.  he loves going to the zoo, so...
why not make a zoo that the train can drive through?

we got out our bin of animals and added them a group at a time.  most of the time he would have the train deliver the animals to their new homes in the zoo safari. the first night we were down there, we spent about 2 hours playing it.  playing with our revitalized train table is an every-other-day play request.

the best part about finding an alternate use for our train table?  being able to sit down and play with my son in a way that helps him to use his iMagINaTiON

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Friday, July 20, 2012

monster truck bowling

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moNStER tRuCKs have been popular in our house for awhile.  thanks to Burger King's including them in their kid's meals, their popularity around here has increased.  no, i don't feed Bear fast food every night.  however, there is one between the Sergeant's work and our house.  so whenever we go down there, we so through the drive-thru and grab a kids meal. {i can see a few of you cringing because i feed him BK, but i  can also see you others who are breathing a sigh of relief that i just admitted that, lol} 

i've been saving toilet paper rolls in preparation to make a marble run.  Bear and i painted some of them awhile ago and then they set in a bin for weeks.  until one day, we discovered the most amazing game ever... monster truck bowling.

we spent over and hour playing this the other night.  i would set them up, he would knock them down.  over. and over. and over.  it was so fun to see his excitement when he knocked them all down!

there were a few other monster truck activities {art and literacy} that i had planned for this day.  unfortunately, i gave Bear his 2 new Lego baseplates before we did our morning preschool, so there was no diverting the little man's attention to another activity.  i'll give it another go in a few days when they've lost their shine!  but until then, monster truck bowling will be our activity of choice.

until then, here are some easy and fun monster truck activities from some of my fave bloggers!

to give due credit for all the hard work we all do, if you like an activity below,
please go to the individual blogger's page to pin it :) 

2. Counting and Crushing Cars from Toddler Approved
3. Monster Truck Letter Mash from Toddler Approved
4. Monster Jam Small World from Playground Laboratory
5. Demolition Small World from Make Do & Friend
6. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Recap from Local Fun for Kids

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

5 Easy Activities to Teach Preschoolers Healthy Habits

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Knowledge is power, right?  By teaching our children how to make healthy choices, we're arming them with the ability to live healthy lifestyles. Children learn best by doing, so here are some easy activities that promote healthy habits that protect children's health and wellness. 

Hand washing Steps in Pictures
Proper hand washing is key to keeping healthy, but it can sometimes be a challenge for little ones to remember the steps.  To help them remember, create visual cue cards on the wall by the sink.  You could do this by taking pictures of your child doing each step or by using clip art as seen below. {You can click on the sign, select save as, and print out for your classroom/home}.  When demonstrating proper hand washing procedures, a good rule of thumb that they're washing long enough is if they sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" twice before rinsing off the soap.

Hand washing Steps Sign
*images from Microsoft Clip Art*

The Sneeze Test
Have you ever been sneezed on? Eww..gross...not to mention the germs. Here's a fun and simple activity to show children the importance of covering their nose and mouth when they sneeze. Take a little bit of flour and place it in your hand. Put your hand close to your face and do a fake sneeze, blowing the flour in the air.  Just like the flour, when we sneeze without covering our nose and mouth, germs fly into the air and towards others. Give your child a chance to try this out... guaranteed learning...and giggles.

Preparing Healthy Snacks
Taking an active role in preparing healthy food is an easy way to teach children how to make healthy food choices.  One of Bear's favorite things to make and eat is trail mix.  We use squared corn cereal, pretzels, cheese crackers, raisins, dried cranberries, and marshmallows.  True, the marshmallows aren't that healthy, but they add just enough appeal to little eyes.  They also give us the opportunity to talk about how sweets should be eaten in moderation.  You could also add peanuts into the mix but since we are peanut-free, we don't.  We also bag up our snacks into the small snack size plastic bags so that they are easy to grab.

Painting with Toothpaste and Floss
I've been brushing Bear's teeth since he was one. I've taught him the basics about daily tooth brushing, but still I thought we'd explore why we brush our teeth. We mixed food coloring into white Colgate toothpaste to create paint. Then he "brushed" [painted] the white paper with the toothpaste paint and a toothbrush. I tried to have him focus on using a circular movement. Then we did yarn painting with floss. After dipping the yarn into the toothpaste paint, it was placed on a paper and folded in half. Then the floss was pulled from between the "teeth" [paper], creating unique minty-scented art. 

Exploring the Importance of Sunscreen
Just because school is starting back in session, doesn't mean that it's time to put away the sunscreen.  The rule in our house is that if you're going outside, you have to wear sunscreen....even in the winter.  Using an easy and fun activity, I was able to show Bear how sunscreen protects your skin from the sun.  The construction paper represents our skin, the items represent sunscreen.  After we laid them out in the sun for a few hours, the sun left noticeable damage to the paper.  This was a simple way to show a preschooler why it's important to wear sunscreen. 

We can't be with our children every second of the day.  But we can teach them healthy habits that will help them to keep themselves safe and well through hands on activities. 

I'd love to hear what types of things do you do to protect your children's health and wellness.  Share with me below! 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

100 Must Have Children's Books

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  1. A Special Kind of Love by Stephen Michael King
  2. Art and Max and Max by David Weisner our activity here
  3. Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
  4. Best Baby Ever by David Milgrim
  5. Big Birthday by Kate Hosford
  6. Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
  7. The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
  8. Bridget's Beret by Tom Lichtenheld
  9. Bus Stop, Bus Go! by Daniel Kirk
  10. Corduroy by John Freeman
  11. Dream Something Big by Dianna Hutts Aston
  12. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds our activity here
  13. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
  14. Fred Stays With Me! by Nancy Coffelt
  15. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  16. Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack
  17. The Grand Old Tree by Arthur A. Levine
  18. Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
  19. Half A World Away by Libby Gleeson
  20. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  21. The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
  22. The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz
  23. Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
  24. I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont our activity here
  25. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds our activity here
  26. It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
  27. John Jensen Feels Different by Henrik Hovland
  28. The Littlest Dinosaur by Michael Foreman
  29. Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
  30. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  31. Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh our activity here
  32. Ms. McCaw Learns To Draw by Kaethe Zemach
  33. My Mouth Is a Volcano! by Julia Cook
  34. My Name Is Yoon by Ezra Jack Keats
  35. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  36. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  37. The Night Worker by Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben
  38. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  39. Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
  40. Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett and Noah Z. Jones
  41. Old Turtle by Douglas Wood
  42. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  43. On My Way to the Bath to the Bath by Sarah Maizes
  44. Otis by Loren Long our activity here
  45. Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long
  46. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  47. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
  48. The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend our activity here
  49. The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg
  50. Press Here by Herve' Tullet our activity here
  51. The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
  52. The Red Book by Barbara Lehman
  53. Runaway Shopping Cart by Kathy Long
  54. Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton
  55. Say Hello by Jack and Michael Foreman
  56. Smile! by Leigh Hodgkinson
  57. Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoomaker our activity here
  58. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  59. The Story for Little Ones: Discover the Bible in Pictures by Josee Masse our activities here
  60. The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca, Sal Barracca and Mark Buehner
  61. There by Marie-Louis Fitzpatrick
  62. There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
  63. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  64. Tuesday by David Weisner our activity here
  65. The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom
  66. What book would you add? 

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