Thursday, May 8, 2008

Your Child Can Read His Way to a Free Book

Here's How It Works:

1. Kids read any 8 books.

2. Kids use the Summer Reading Journal to tell us their favorite part of each book. A parent/guardian signs it when it's complete.

3. Children bring their completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 29th & September 2nd, 2008.

4. Barnes and Noble gives them a coupon for a FREE book! They choose from a list of exceptional paperback titles.

For more information visit Barnes and Noble.

Making Your Own Flannel Board Stories

Would you love to have a flannel board for your child - but worried that you can't afford all those pricey sets? Now you can make your own! (Or have your child make a few sets for themselves!)

Step 1: Print out some coloring pages from the internet. This is a good site for finding some. If the pictures are too large you can always make them smaller by shrinking the images on a copier or scanner. (Or using Paint on your computer)

Step 2: Color in the pictures using colored pencils (doesn't fade or bleed)

Step 3:
Cut them out, laminate them in contact paper and stick either a magnetic strip on the back (for use on a white eraser board) or the loopy side of a piece of adhesive Velcro (for use on flannel).

Step 4: Keep sets stored in labeled manila envelopes

If you need to make your own flannel board, simply
cut two sides off of a large box so you have a large hinged piece of cardboard shaped rather like a large book that can open and close, then cover the outside in contact paper. Hot glue a large piece of felt to the inside.

Tip: You don't have to stick to coloring pages for your flannel board - Make letters, map pieces, numbers, etc. for a great learning toy that will grow with your child!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Amazing Site For Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers!

Do you have a toddler or preschooler itching to learn? Then check out this amazing site filled with read along stories, fingerplays, games, and more just for your 0 to 5 year old!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Graph paper & more

Is your child working on a math problem that requires graph paper, but you don't want to trek out to the store to buy some? No problem, just visit Printable Paper to print some off. They also have lined paper, financial paper, music paper, and more.

Saturday, May 3, 2008