Inspiring Kids

Children are our future, and it is our responsibility to guide them down a path that spreads light to others. However, when reading about kids who are changing the world, I am amazed by how many of them take the initiative to inspire others by themselves. We are merely facilitators, and chauffeurs ;).

Cavanaugh started his organization, Cool & Dope because he was tired of people telling him that he was too young to volunteer, and too young to make a difference. So, he’s on a mission to show the world that young kids CAN have an impact  – no matter their age! Check out Cool & Dope to see everything he has already accomplished! The future is bright.

My littles enjoy to read books that relate to something that is going on in their life. These books about summer are a big hit right now!

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The Night is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah was recommended by Jennifer Garry on Brightly’s website. The illustration in this book is incredible. We loved the theme of community throughout this book.

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Living in the Midwest, we don’t have the opportunity to visit the beach every summer. We long to remember the days spent by the ocean and Beach by Elisha Cooper,  recommended by PBS kids, is perfect for that!

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Childhood 101 recommended The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali. This book shows the endless possibilities summer magic is made of! Every page holds a new adventure with the captivating pictures.

Happy reading!

 

Summer Fun

School is out and summer is here! Now what? If my kids are like yours, they thrive on fun activities in the summer. The warmer weather and longer days means more time to make memories! These have made our summer to-do list:

  • Squirt Gun Painting is a must! Fireflies and Mudpies shared this creative idea that is sure to be a hit! Check out her blog for tips on how to pull off this messy fun without a hitch.

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  • Make your own pizza and enjoy a family movie night! Homemade pizza is so yummy and an easy activity that everyone enjoys. We out a bunch of different toppings on the table, and let the kids go to town. We usually don’t even have leftovers. Kids love to eat things they help prepare!

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  • A shaving cream car wash is fun from the beginning station through the end! Happy Hooligans shares this inexpensive activity that is enjoyable on a warm day.

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Share your summer fun ideas with us and as always, happy reading!

The Best Books to Read as a Family

A few weeks ago, we shared the benefits of reading aloud to your children, no matter their age.  Reading as a family can give children a chance to be comfortable in reading with an audience. Are you having trouble finding a book that everyone finds interesting? Brightly put together a list of 15 books that everyone will enjoy.  We added these to our summer reading list:

 

Endurance , Young Readers Edition: My Year in Space and How I Got There by Scott Kelly

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Discover what it’s like to spend a year in space in this awe-inspiring memoir from a real-life NASA astronaut who did just that!

 

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

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The moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family. 

See what else made Brightly’s list! Happy reading!

 

Slow Down the Summer Slide

Summer break is almost here! Days are spent enjoying sunshine, vacations, and outside fun. Without worry of early wake up calls and homework, summer is typically the season focused on fun. However, If you follow us on social media, you will know we have been sharing startling statistics the amount of knowledge that is lost during summer break. How can you have fun with your children while trying to maintain some of the skills they have learned over the school year?

  1. Cook together! Cooking offers a review of many subjects. Children can read the directions. They can measure ingredients. You can work together as a family unit to accomplish a short goal. Plus, Children are more likely to eat a meal if they assist in making it!
  2. Visit the Library. Our local library hosts many events during the summer. The family fun days are a great way to beat the heat. The summer reading programs don’t feel overwhelming, and my children love to pick a book to keep when they complete the challenge! Statistics show that reading just 6 books over summer can keep a struggling reader from regressing. With regular visits to the library, that is totally doable!
  3. Summer is the season of road trips. Car rides can be long, but playing games offer a distraction to the monotony of a long drive.  Round Robin Storytelling is a game I look forward to playing with my littles. Take turns inventing a story. One player makes up the beginning of the story then the other players continue it. Try to incorporate landmarks, signs, or other things you see out your car windows into the story.

 

Kids Reveal Book Box wishes your family a summer full of fun and as always, happy reading!

 

The Love of a Mother

Mother’s Day is Sunday! We love to read books that celebrate all the mothers out there. This all-encompassing list from We Are Teachers honors mamas, grandmothers, step-moms, foster moms, and family members who have a hand in raising children. Some of our favorites are:

  • The Best Mother by C.M. Surrisi reminds us all that even when we don’t see eye to eye, there is no mother like the one we’ve got. 51Nlh1473sL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon shows us the love of a foster family.

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  • Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary brings back an old favorite that moms will enjoy sharing with their children.

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Be sure to check out the rest of their selections! As always, happy reading.

 

Read With Me

We all know that reading out loud to children is the foundation of literacy. We are told over and over again to read to our kiddos even before they are born. What is a good age to stop? Well, never!

“Research indicates that motivation, interest, and engagement are often enhanced when teachers read aloud to middle school students,” wrote research authors Lettie K. Albright and Mary Ariail. Teachers surveyed for the study cited modeling as their number-one reason for reading aloud.

Having adolescents listen to stories not only expands their vocabulary, it gives them the opportunity to hear a subject they might not have discovered on their own. Listening to characters solve their conflict provides children with examples they can apply to real-life incidents. It allows them to really experience the book. If reading is made enjoyable, kids are not as hesitant to pick it up as a hobby.

A quote from the KQED article drives home the fact that reading together creates memories.

“Jim Trelease recently received a letter from a retired teacher who reconnected online with former students some 30 years later. She wanted to know the one thing her former students remembered about her class.”

“Without fail, it was the books she read to them.”

Happy reading!