Teaching My Toddler | The Letter N

N is for nest, night, and ninja. It has been a little hard to keep up with teaching my little one the past few weeks, but hopefully we can get back to work, I love watching her learn and her excitement about all the letters is so fun!


The Letter N Booklist

The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein- I really enjoyed this beautiful book about what the world looks like at night just before the sun illuminates it. And when the sun comes out the colors are beautiful.

Ninja by Arree Chung- This is a cute story about a brother that dresses up and becomes and ninja and he sneaks through the house to obtain some cookies and milk. It is a fun book.

Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol- This book is really beautiful. The words are lovely and paint a beautiful picture and the illustrations are perfect for the book.

The Letter N Printables

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

The Letter N Activity

This week for our activity we made a little night scene. One piece of black paper and hand cut stars and a moon made a perfect little activity for my two year old to paste together.


Teaching My Toddler | The Letter M

The letter M is my favorite letter. I don’t know if everyone feels this way but I think M has been my favorite letter since childhood since my name starts with the letter M. M is for moon, and monsters, and monkeys.


The Letter M Booklist

Love Monster by Rachel Bright-One of my favorite books, I love this cute monster and how he struggles to find his place in the world, and finds a great friends along the way.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff- Classic books, and a perfect addition for learning about the letter M.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires- This book is so cute, and I love the determination of the little girl as she tries to make the most magnificent thing!

The Moon Inside by Sandra V. Feder- This is a beautiful story with gorgeous illustrations. It is perfect for any child that is a little afraid of the dark.

Maxwell the Monkey Barber by Cale Atkinson- This is just a really fun and cute book that is a joy to read.

I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis- This book is really lovely in it’s writing and message.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans- I remember reading and watching Madeline as a girl, and it was fun to pull it out again to share it with my daughter.

The Letter M Printables

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

The Letter M Activity

This week for our activity I drew a monster for my daughter to color in. Super simple is what we do, but she loves it and loves showing off her artwork to Dada when he gets home.

Teaching My Toddler | The Letter L

The Letter L! We are halfway there. It has been great and challenging. My daughter is learning so much so that has been awesome!

teachingmytoddlertheletterl_malloryhazelThe Letter L Booklist

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen- I absolutely loved this book. It is so beautifully illustrated and I loved the story that went with it. Plus L is for Lion and Library, so it was perfect for this week.

Ladybug Girl by David Soman- This is a cute story about a little girl dressed as a ladybug, and all the adventures she goes on as Ladybug Girl!

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney- Gorgeous illustrations and an amazing story, this wordless book was a joy to share with my little one.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss- I feel like taking care of the environment is so important, and this story perfectly relates my feelings. I have not read it (at least recently) and I feel like it is such an important story to share with children and adults alike.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers- Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite authors when it comes to reading something unique or just plain silly. This was a good one.

The Letter L Printables

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

The Letter L Activity

I am always looking to do something simple but meaningful. This week we learned L is for Love, so we wrote a little love letter to leave out for dad. I let my daughter color a card while I cut out the word LOVE out of paper. We glued the letters onto the card and I helped my daughter write a little note about all the things she loves about her dad. Simple and cute, my husband loved finding it when he got home from work.

You Belong Here

I want to share one of my favorite books each week on this blog, and I thought I would start with my very favorite find of 2016. You Belong Here by M. H. Clark, is beautifully written and illustrated. When I was choosing a Christmas present for my two year old daughter I knew this book would reflect my feelings for her and would be a treasure to read  snuggled on our big chair before bed. This book describes the various places animals belong and suggests frequently “you belong here with me.” As I look at my little daughter, I feel so thankful that for this season of my life and her life,  she belongs here with me.

For me, this book is one to have in my personal library. If you haven’t read it, check it out from your local library and then find an occasion to buy it for the little one that belongs with you.

15 Fun Christmas Stories for Children


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!


The Letter J Booklist


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


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


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.


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.

8 Children’s Books to Welcome Winter


It’s not snowing where I live right now, but the air is changing. It is sure getting cold and I find myself layering up more and more each day. I miss the warm summer and fall days of going on walks and playing outside, but I love cuddling on the couch and reading stories all day. These 8 children’s books are perfect stories to tell as we prepare for the winter months and snowstorms that may come in the near future.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats-This classic follows a little boy who explores the wonder of snow for the first time.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz-I love this short story about a boy who is watching a snowstorm as it begins. It starts with just a few flakes, but by the end of the book the whole city is covered in snow. I love the boys belief and joy in the snow that is coming from the very beginning. It is so enjoyable to read.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin-I love learning new things about people or historical events through children’s stories, and this is the perfect story about the life of Wilson Bentley. He spent all his life photographing snowflakes because he thought they were so beautiful and he wanted to share it with others. It is an inspirational and interesting story.

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston-I love this beautiful story about how winter comes slowly through the months of September through December. The writing is lovely and the illustrations are gorgeous.

Snowbots by Aaron Reynolds-This is a really fun story about a robots city who woke up to a snowstorm and the fun everyone had playing in it. It is a cute and silly story.

Blizzard by John Rocco-I really love this book about a real story about a young boy who experienced a Blizzard that left people homebound for about a week. I love this story because we experienced a similar snowstorm last winter and it was such a unique and fun experience.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen-Owl moon is one of my favorite books to read aloud. It is beautiful and peaceful and makes me want to go owling with my dad.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs-This wordless book is a classic as well. It is a fun story to create and it is always fun to read a book I remember looking at as a child.