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Some 'firsts' in this new-normal world | Weekly Snapshot

I almost didn't make it here today! It's been an insanely busy week that's going to continue into today. Life This week has been a combination of busy at work and busy at home. The kids did not have school on Monday, which is also typically my busiest day at work. So when Monday ended, I felt as if I sucked at both life and work. The rest of the week was better - at least I was able to keep work and life separate.  This weekend just happens to be one of those when I have so much to do - thanks to the many tasks and chores deferred from previous days/weekends. We were getting quotes for some home improvement projects, had to start prepping rooms for my parents' arrival next month (mainly because I still haven't moved my daughter's online school materials out of the room from the Fall school year), and do lots of seasonal shopping. If it weren't going to be constantly raining this entire weekend, I would be prepping my garden beds as well, but now that needs t

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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