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Setting SMART Goals for Your Child

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“My name is Michael. I’m three years old. When I grow up I’m going to be a _ _ _ _.”

The little boy was silent for the first time that day. All morning he had buzzed around energetically, chatting with anyone who would listen. Now he stood still and looked up at his mom uncertainly, as if to say, “What?”

I asked her what he wanted to be. She smiled at her son but shook her head. “I don’t know.”

I’m sure you’re familiar with this situation. Many children wonder what they’ll be when they grow up. As parents, we should prepare our children for their future. We need to direct them, encourage them, and help them become the very best that they can be. And, we do this by helping them set goals and accomplish their dreams. Continue reading

MonkiSee Releases New DVD – Animals Under the Sea

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The newest addition to the MonkiSee videos is officially here.
We are pleased to announce that Animals Under the Sea is the second installment in the new series of MonkiSee DVDs. Howie and Skip, along with their friends, Miss Krista and Gabriella, discover the wonder of the underwater world in this latest addition to the StoryTime series.

“Let’s dive into the deep blue ocean,
What do you think we’ll see?
Swim under the shining water,
Explore the deep.”

The fun begins when Miss Krista brings her book of sea animal riddles to Howie and Skip’s StoryTime. As they read and try to solve the riddles, they learn all about the sea animals and uncover incredible facts about these creatures.

Your child will be captivated by this engaging story time with Howie and Skip. Filled with original music, poetry, and illustrations, this is a story time like never before. Kids will learn the importance of teamwork and cooperation. Howie, Skip, and Gabriella work together to solve the riddles. “Animals Under the Sea” is a great way to entertain children while building their vocabulary, promoting listening and observation skills, encouraging reading aloud, stimulating imagination, and introducing them to logical deductive thinking.

Animals Under the Sea engages children with thought-provoking riddles and fun upbeat songs. Filled with beautiful illustrations, real-life video, and vivid imagery, your child will discover the wonder of the world beneath the waves.

After much anticipation, Animals Under the Sea is finally here. We know you’re going to love it, so join the adventure and together let’s discover the animals under the sea!

Get your DVD now: http://stores.monkisee.com/monkisee-animals-under-the-sea-dvd/

Available for digital download: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/howieandskip/99294976

New Learning Games at MonkiSee

At MonkiSee, we’re all about having fun while learning games; and that’s why we’re so excited to announce the addition of the Learning Resources games and activities to the MonkiSee store! Now you can enjoy a whole new element of early learning fun. With the Learning Resources games and activities, your child can learn about a variety of subjects while they enjoy playing these creative games.

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We’ve given you a great selection of learning games and subjects to choose from. Your child can learn about anything from letters and vocabulary, to addition and subtraction all while playing these entertaining games.

The Learning Resources games are a great way for kids to expand their knowledge while having fun. With games such as the award-winning Snap It Up! Card Games – Addition & Subtraction, kids develop and practice their math skills while competing with other players.

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Check out this learning game and many more at : http://stores.monkisee.com/kids-educational-games/

Stay tuned for more reviews of the Learning Resources games!

New Books for Early Readers

Check out these news books designed specifically for early readers and children who have learned to read with Your Baby Can Read, Little Reader, or MonkiSee.  They are a perfect addition to your library.

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I just found out about theses delightful new books for early readers series that really encourages reading.  Bird and Butterfly by Amanda Stanford has bold, beautiful illustrations that children will love.  The simple story keeps the text and the illustrations separate.  This is brilliant as it naturally draws a child’s attention to the words on the page, encouraging young children to read the story themselves without being distracted by the pictures.  These books are exactly what I spent days creating for my kids when we were teaching them to read as babies and toddlers.  It is so nice to be able to purchase quality products to encourage early readers without having to create everything yourself.  Amanda Stanford has several more books in the works which look really nice.

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You can even teach your child to read using these books.  As you can see above, the text is isolated, causing no distractions.  As you read the book over and over and point to the text as you go, your child will learn to read easily and naturally.  I truly believe that if all books were formatted in this way, kids would learn to read much earlier.

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The Kissing Tree by Amanda Stanford is a sweet story that children will request again and again.  It won’t be long before your child is reading these stories to you. 

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I’m thrilled that Amanda Standford has decided to create a series of books with the early reader in mind.  Any one of her books make a great addition to your reading library.  You can purchase these new books for early readers in the MonkiSee store.

My Reading List for 2013

I hope 2013 was a great year for all my readers.  I feel very blessed to have been able to read so many great books last year.  According to my records, I am one book short of doubling what I read in 2012.  I do hope to be able to do a lot of reading in 2014. Certainly the list of books I want to read is very large and tends to grow each day.  I recently came across a children’s book called Please Bury Me in the Library.  The title spoke to me as a book lover and is now on my shelf beckoning to be read.  If only I could find a profession that required me to read for 6-8 hours a day.

My list is a collection of books I read to and with my children, books on education, business and faith.

  1. Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry – Jack Prelutsky gives guidance and instruction on how to write poetry.  This was a great book for anyone who likes Jack’s silly style of poetry.
  2. My Dog May Be a Genius – Jack Prelutsky book of poetry
  3. Little Britches – Father and I Were Ranchers – Ralph Moody details the story of his life in this first book in the series.  I loved, loved, loved this series.  Every one in our house heard the series last year.
  4. Raising Your Spirited Child
  5. Feed Your Skin – Starve Your Wrinkles
  6. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen  I love this book and plan to read it again.
  7. The  Merry Adventures of Robin Hood  The kids and I loved this book.
  8. What’s Whole in Whole Language
  9. Man of the Family – Ralph Moody
  10. Self-Leadership and the One Minute Manager
  11. Take the Risk – Dr. Ben Carson This was a great book.  I really like Dr. Carson.
  12. The On-Time, On-Target Manager
  13. I Just Want You to Know – Kate Gosselin This book inspired me to write love letters to my own children.  I really liked this book which surprised me because I am not a Kate Gosselin fan.
  14. Something Beautiful For God – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  15. One Thousand Gifts – I did not care for the writer’s style although the message is good.
  16. Teaching Your Child Music
  17. Defeating Darwinism
  18. Mary Emma and Company – Ralph Moody
  19. Marketing Without Money
  20. Helen Keller – The Story of My Life – What a fascinating and inspiring person she is.
  21. The Story of Doctor Doolittle
  22. Neat Mom, Messie Kids
  23. The Fields of Home – Ralph Moody
  24. Life Without Limits – Nick Vujicic This guy is amazing!
  25. Intense Moments With the Savior
  26. Shaking the Nickel Bush – Ralph Moody
  27. The Dry Divide – Ralph Moody
  28. Horse of a Different Color – Ralph Moody
  29. Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning
  30. Keeping a Nature Journal
  31. Raising a Reader – Jennie Nash
  32. Ginger Pye
  33. Raising a Reader – Simple and Fun Activities for Parents to Faster Reading Success
  34. Viking Quest – Raiders from the Sea
  35. The Magnificent Obsession – Anne Graham Lotz She is a favorite author of mine and this book did not disappoint me.
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  37. Son of Charlemagne – Read this to the kids and loved it.
  38. The Trumpeter of Krakow – Read this to the kids and loved it.
  39. Enjoying the Closeness of God
  40. Secret of the Andes
  41. Wicked History – Francisco Pizarro
  42. Squanto – Friend of the Pilgrims
  43. Don Quixote – Wishbone Classic – This book was so funny.
  44. The Magic of Thinking Big
  45. Grammar Land
  46. Wicked History – Sir Francis Drake
  47. The Scarlett Pimpernel – Very exciting read.
  48. A Pizza the Size of the Sun – Jack Prelutsky book of poetry
  49. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – loved the poetry in this book
  50. The Mark of Zorro – Possibly my favorite read this year.
  51. The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow – Great book to read to the kids.
  52. Melchizedek – King of Jerusalem
  53. The Wheel on the School – The kids and I really liked this book.
  54. Write It Down, Make It Happen
  55. Cathedral
  56. Shipwrecked
  57. The Self-Propelled Advantage – Very interesting.  Challenged some of my methods for homeschool.
  58. The Fallacy Detective – The kids and I loved the lessons in this book on logic.
  59. Christian Heroes Then and Now: Hudson Taylor – Excellent faith building story.
  60. Christian Heroes Then and Now: Amy Carmichael
  61. Tending the Heart of Virtue
  62. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
  63. ScreamFree Parenting – Did not agree with the author in his methods.
  64. To Selena, With Love
  65. The Core – This is a great book on Classical Education.
  66. One, Two Buckle My Shoe – Agatha Christie
  67. A Child’s Introduction to Poetry
  68. Poetry Matters
  69. The Bible
  70. Secrets of Mental Math – Arthur Benjamin – So many great things to learn about math here.
  71. Gentle Ben – The kids and I loved this book.

Do you have any recommendations that aren’t on this list?  Please don’t hesitate to share them.

Review of FUNdamentals Phonics Reading Program

Below you can watch a pretty in-depth review of the FUNdamentals Phonics Reading Program.  I used this many years ago when teaching my 3 1/2 year old to read.  I also used it and the methods to teach my other children.  It is a very solid reading program.  Watch the video to get a better idea of how the program works.

Visit www.intellbaby.com to learn more about Action Reading’s FUNdamentals program.