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.

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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.

The Diary of Mattie Spenser

A few of my closest family members started a little book club last January for fun. We have enjoyed reading a variety of books and discussing the themes surrounding them. It has been good for my soul to have a book to read with others and check in together to discuss and ponder these books.

This month we read The Diary of Mattie Spenser and I just loved it. A fictional story written in journal/ diary format, this book follows the life of Mattie Spenser, as she marries and moves from her hometown to Colorado in the middle of the 1800’s. She overcomes so many things during this time from the harsh environment, to the loneliness, to bearing children and losing children. It had me feeling so thankful that I live in a different time and have so many luxuries that she could never dream of. At the same time, although our lives are completely different, I found myself relating to her on so many personal and emotional levels.

If your looking for something quick and enjoyable to read, I highly recommend The Diary of Mattie Spenser.

 

Empty | Filled

There are moments in life where I feel empty. Like I have drained my energy, capability, faith, or hope. I feel like I have done all I can do and I am still in a place where my personal challenges and trials still exist. I look for the miracle, a miraculous kind of miracle where every hard thing heals and I am made whole. The kind I hear about daily or at least weekly. The kind where people have sickness or pain or heartache and then they experience the miracle of healing. People able to overcome hard things. And I sit here and wonder, where is my miracle? Why am I still struggling. And my husband wisely tells me to not compare my trials with others and I know this because I have no idea anything besides the fact that they feel like they have had a miracle in their lives. I don’t know the depth of their personal trials. Yes, I should not compare. But can I wonder, why am I still struggling and where is my miracle?

And then I realize that my miracle is not the end of struggling or pain or trials, at least not yet. My miracle is currently the hope that fills me when I am having a hard time. My miracle is the fact that my faith in Jesus Christ is being strengthened every day. My miracle is that I am able to learn new things from the scriptures because my trials give me a new lens through which I see life.

I kind of always hope for the miracle of overcoming, and being free from the trial, and maybe some day I will experience that miracle, but today I am thankful for the miracle of being filled when I feel empty.

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!

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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.

New

A new year, a fresh start. Hope is high. Changes are coming.

I love that start of a new year. I have been trying to reevaluate my life and gather all the good of 2016 and leave behind the hard things or the meaningless things. A new year is a great time to start again. This year I want to:

Be a better mother and wife.

Live my values.

Nourish my body. Gain strength.

Share my talents.

Share my testimony.

Appreciate and take care of the environment.

Slow down and be more present.

Do things that matter the most to me.

Read good books.

I don’t really know what that all means or will require of me, but I hope to share what I learn in life and motherhood over the next year.

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!