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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

BusyTown and Little Critter | From the kids' bookshelves

I don't recall if I ever mentioned this before - my daughter LOVES books. She can't read by herself yet though she knows her letters and understands the concept of print awareness. If you volunteer to read a book, she's definitely going to be in the audience. My son hasn't shown a lot of interest in books yet - he is more into destroying stuff and tearing papers so I'm taking my time with him.

Most days, the only time my daughter and I get to curl around a book is before bedtime. So we make a big deal out of it - some days, we negotiate with each other on how many books should be read that night. She's always for more, the merrier. I try to keep an eye on the clock. No matter how many books we read, we do make it fun. She usually has at least one question per page, so it's a while before we are done.

Richard Scarry's BusyTown

While we do read different books and authors, some weeks, I try to focus on a particular author or series. Last couple of weeks, we've been reading a few books set in the BusyTown world by Richard Scarry. I've only recently discovered his work but love the few books of his that we've read. We went through his Best Christmas Book Ever at least twice (and it was well past Christmas). Recommend this strongly!



Little Critter books

This week, we're re-reading some of the I Can Read books, starting with the Little Critter stories. I'm slowly working my daughter towards a point where she feels ready to read simple words by herself. Her teacher often shares that she does very well in language so I've been looking to reinforce some of the lessons when we read together. I love that with these books, you also get to teach certain practical concepts. Just Saving my Money, for instance, talks about doing chores to earn money that you can eventually use to buy something you need. As soon as we were done with that book, guess who volunteered to help unload the dishwasher?

  

Other books we loved this week

Pete the Cat is always a fun read - we are always on the lookout for one we haven't read yet. However, one of our best finds last week was Stick Kid - a story about a stick kid that the narrator has drawn in a book and how that stick kid grows up, goes to school, and goes on to have a life. We raced through it twice. 



I'm always looking for recommendations in the picture books category - what's a favorite of yours that you recommend?

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