beyond books

Book Review :: Wonder

While I was at the library a few weeks back the bright blue cover of the book Wonder caught my eye.  I had heard friends say that this was a must-read, but hadn’t had the chance to read it yet, so I grabbed it.  Wonder is a young adult book, by R.J. Palacio.  As soon as I...

The Dude Diary

At our school’s book fair this fall Max stumbled upon a book that he declared he simply must have.   Usually for book fairs the kids are given a certain amount of money and told that they must buy books…not other “stuff” like erasers, posters or other gimmicky junk kind of stuff.  So he knew the diary was off...
The Obsession with Big Nate Books

The Obsession with Big Nate Books

 A few weeks ago my dear friend Ms. Amy, who is a librarian at our local library (the awesome Kenton County Public Library) suggested that Max might like the Big Nate books.  So I checked a few of the books out just to see what he thought.  He picked one up that night, started reading...

The Books I’ve Been Reading…

This post was inspired by Ella Bella Princess of Kentucky, my sweet nine year old daughter.  She wrote a blog post a few weeks back listing all of her favorite books and books she had been reading over the summer.  After reading her post, and helping her take a picture of her favorite books I...
Family Movie Night :: Harry Potter Party

Family Movie Night :: Harry Potter Party

I am slowly working my way through the Harry Potter series with the kids.  We read each book, and then we watch the movie.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban seemed to take eons to read, because we would go for long periods of not reading it, since the older two are independent readers...
Alphabet Books Revisited

Alphabet Books Revisited

Are you looking for something fun & educational to do with your young ones?  Try making an ABC book with them!  Read all about it in this post I wrote about making your own alphabet book.  My kids had so much fun creating their books.  And recently I started teaching in a Saturday program and...
Beyond Books :: Weather Books & Raindrop Mobile

Beyond Books :: Weather Books & Raindrop Mobile

Yesterday afternoon was dark & stormy, and that kind of weather called for some book reading & crafting.  So first I collected a bunch of books about weather for the kids to read. The craft I picked was inspired by a Cloud Mobile post I saw on Crafty Crow.  I had trouble printing the images...

Beyond Books ~ Eric Carle Books & Crafts

One of the kids’ favorite authors is Eric Carle.  And I must admit, he’s one of my favorites as well!  I love the bright & beautiful illustrations and the sweet & simple stories.  Here’s a handful of books written by or illustrated by Eric Carle from our bookshelves: I gathered them all together (plus a few not...
Beyond Books ~ Summer Journals for Children

Beyond Books ~ Summer Journals for Children

Even though children aren’t in school during the summer, it doesn’t mean they can’t be learning.  “Summer Journals for Children” is the perfect project to encourage kids to practice writing skills, express themselves creatively, and to document things from their own perspective.  Here’s how we started making Summer Journals… On the last day of school...
Making Books with Children :: All About Me

Making Books with Children :: All About Me

Recently I taught a course for children entitled “Beyond Books”.  Each week I selected several books in the same category/theme/area of interest and planned activities based upon these books.  I tried to come up with fun, engaging & hands-on learning activities for the children.  My hope in this class was to encourage a love of...
Monster Mayhem Craft

Monster Mayhem Craft

Many small tots are afraid of monsters…but this project might be just the ticket to help make monsters a little less scary.  It’s also a great opportunity to talk to kids about reality vs. make believe.  And it’s just downright fun.  Monster Mayhem is an easy craft to put together, especially if you are one to have...
Making Books with Children :: Create Your Own ABC Book

Making Books with Children :: Create Your Own ABC Book

I am teaching a course right now, to children ages 4-6, called Beyond Books.  In the class we read stories and then do projects based on the books we have read.  I love teaching this class, and I have some fun projects prepared for my students.  My own children do not want to miss out...