Christmas Wonder

Having a two year old at Christmas is magic. As a mother I loved watching her wonder of the season, it was pure magic for her.

She found joy, beauty, and amazement in the lights and decorations, she was in awe every time we turned on our Christmas tree, or she found a new ornament.

She played lovingly with our manger scene. Every day she would bring me Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. She counted the wise men. She made all the animals noises of the sheep, donkey, and cow. She gave hugs and kisses to each little figure. She lined them up in a row carefully. And she took them back to the stable where she placed them gently.

She was excited about Santa and the books and a soccer ball he would hopefully bring. She loved singing Christmas songs and reading Christmas stories.

It was so fun to open presents with her on Christmas morning and see how happy she was with all of her gifts.

Children are so pure and genuine, and having a little one during this season of wonder and magic, truly brings out the wonder and magic. I am so thankful for her example of how to live during Christmas.

Teaching My Toddler | The Letter K

I especially love the letter K. It is the first letter of my daughters name so it is one of our favorites. We had some fun stories and a great little craft this week. And as always we love our Alphabet Notecards and the Do-a-Dot Page.

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The Letter K Booklist

Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson-This is a sweet little story about how sharing love and kisses might just make love and kisses come back to you.

Koala Lou by Mem Fox-I love this story about sweet Koala Lou. Being the oldest Koala means she got a lot of attention until the other koalas came along, she was worried about the love her mother had for her. She does her best to make her mother proud and finds out that no matter what her mom will always love her.

Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand-This is a cute simple story that went perfectly with our activity this week.

Night Knight by Owen Davey-I love this story and think it is especially perfect for little boys. I love the colors used in the illustrations and the fun storyline.

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten by Joseph Slate-This story is a really fun read, and perfect for little ones who might be getting ready for kindergarten as well.

The Letter K Printables

This week we have The Letter K Notecard and The Letter K Do-a-Dot.

The Letter K Activity

This week we glued together a little kite with some simple shaped on it. I helped my daughter attach some yarn and tie some strings on it for a little decorative touch. My favorite thing is when my daughter walks around and exclaims “I mad a kite! I made a kite!” Her pride in these simple projects is so fun!

15 Fun Christmas Stories for Children

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Dear Santa by Rod Campbell-Such a fun book for little hands and little readers. Much like Dear Zoo, there is a lift the flap on each page of a Christmas present from Santa.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson-I remember buying this book two years ago for my daughters first Christmas. At that time I had no idea what the bear books were or how good this book would be, but I took the leap because it looked cute, and it has become one of my very favorite Christmas books. I love bear and his friends, and this story about their Christmas spent together is delightful.

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle- I love Little Blue Truck, and this Christmas book is so fun. I especially love the twinkle lights at the end of the book.

Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh- I remember reading this book growing up and it is so fun to share with my daughter now. The illustrations are unique and colorful and the story is really fun.

The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry- This is a book from my childhood that I loved. Scratching and smelling the little scents on the pages was one of my favorite things, and now my daughter loves smelling the different pages.

Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear? by Nancy White Carlstrom- I found this cute book this year and I thought it was so cute. It is a simple story about inviting Christmas into our homes.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney- I really enjoy this book because the holidays can be so overwhelming, and simplifying and focusing on what the holidays are really suppose to mean it a great thing to do for ourselves and for our children.

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin- I really love all these books about Farmer Brown and his animals, and this one is cute too!

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry- I don’t really remember ever reading this book as a child, but it is so fun to read out loud and such a cute story. I am so glad I found it this year to share with my daughter.

Is it Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman- This story is just so cute and reminds me how exciting Christmas is for little ones.

Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano-We loved Turkey Trouble at thanksgiving and Turkey Claus is a fun Christmas story. I love that my daughter remember reading Turkey Trouble too while we read this book.

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood- I love The Little Mouse and The Big Hungry Bear, and this Christmas story is so wonderful. I highly recommend this one, it is just so fun!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss- This Christmas classic is just one of the best. I love reading it each year, and the message stills touches me.

A Creature Was Stirring by Carter Goodrich- This is a fun story about a little boy’s night before Christmas. If you enjoy the classic poem, this is a fun twist.

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Richard Scarry- I just really love Richard Scarry and his illustrations and this story is fun!

Teaching My Toddler | The Letter J

The letter J is probably one of my favorite letter, and this week was one of my favorite weeks. From hearing my daughter say “J is for Jellyfish” to making a jar of happiness, we had a great time learning about the letter J!

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The Letter J Booklist

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Jamberry by Bruce Degen-This is one of my all time favorite stories. I have loved reading it to my daughter from the beginning. It is such a cute story about a boy and his bear and their adventures through Berryland.

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg-This was my first time reading through this story and it was so fun. I love all the letters from different nursery rhyme characters.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw-This is a fun little story that is quick and easy to read.

Journey by Aaron Becker-I love the illustrations of this beautiful wordless story. It is always fun and challenging for me to make up a story.

The Jar of Happiness by Ailsa Burrows-I love this sweet story about creating happiness and how to find happiness.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback-This is a cool story about making something out of nothing.

The Letter J Printables

This week we have The Letter J Notecard and The Letter J Do-a-Dot.

The Letter J Activities

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This week we read the story The Jar of Happiness and then we made our own jar of happiness. I grabbed a mason jar we had in our kitchen and then had my daughter draw some pretty colors all over different sheets of paper. After she was done coloring the papers I cut them into strips and we folded them up and stuck them in the jar. With all the pretty colors how could the jar not bring happiness (I’ll tell you how, when my daughter dropped it on her toe she was not very happy :).

8 Christmas Stories that Focus on Christ

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Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate- I love this sweet story as the animals prepare the stable for the Holy family that is coming to their house.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski-This is one of my very favorite Christmas stories with it’s beautiful message about how the true spirit of Christmas can change our hearts and heal the pain we have experienced in this life.

The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt-The traditional folktale is also one of my very favorites. It is the story of how three trees each take part in the life of Christ, and it is very touching.

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson-This fun story helps us to remember to make room for the Christ child in our lives, and as we make room for Him, he will help us to find what we need.

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz-I  love the part where Charlie Brown asks what Christmas is all about and Linus shares the account from Luke 2. It is so powerful.

The First Christmas Night by Keith Christopher- This account of the Christmas Story is fashioned after Twas the Night Before Christmas. It is a lovely story with rich and gorgeous pictures.

What Can I Give Him? by Christina Georgina Rossetti-I really love the poem/song In the Bleak Midwinter, and this book takes those words and puts them to illustrations. I this it is really lovely, but it might be best read having become familiar with the song.

Who Was Born This Special Day? by Eve Bunting-This book is really lovely and a quiet read that reflects on the child who was born on this special day.

Teaching My Toddler | The Letter I

This week we had a great time learning about the letter I. I am constantly amazed at how quickly my daughter picks up the letters and can find them on the covers of the books. It is so fun to watch her learn and grow.

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The Letter I Booklist

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein-This silly story about a chicken who keeps interrupting during the bedtime story is a fun little read.

Brave Irene by William Steig-Though this book was pretty long, it was pretty good, and I appreciated the perseverance of Brave Irene.

Ike’s Incredible Ink by Brianne Farley-This story was fun and with the trip I on the cover I had to get it for learning the letter I.

Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford-I love this story because thinking about infinity always blows my mind a little bit, I am glad I am not the only one.

The Letter I Printables

This week we have the The Letter I Notecard and Do-a-Dot.

The Letter I Activity

Luckily the letter I week fell on my husbands birthday, so we decided to make ice cream this week. I made the ice cream base and refrigerated it then we brought out our awesome kitchen aid ice cream mixer and I had my daughter help me pour in the base. We watched it and checked on it as it got creamier. Finally we each got to taste a little before we put it into the freezer. It was fun and simple.