June 2016 Book Finds

We are in full swing with summer reading here! That means almost daily trips to the library for books and fun! I love our local library and all they offer for the summer.

Plus reading helps prevent the summer slide! It is a great way to get kids to keep up their reading skills by looking for new books.

We are always on a challenge to see just how much reading we can do! We have several ways by 100 charts and by minutes charts for my older girls. Plus I don’t limit what they are reading. If they like it we are reading it! Reading is reading no matter what the reading is.

June 2016 Book Finds: birds, Noah's Ark, animals, shapes, box, fear of heights, women report in the 40s, bullies and birds - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can see all the books below with links to Amazon for additional information. A lot of them have previews as well that you can look through. Plus any sales help support 3 Dinosaurs.

Circle is a great book about the godwits and their lifecycle in great stunning pictures. The words are short and work wonderful to tell the story of their journey and the changes that are happening in the world.

Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf: A Story About Bullying is a great nww book about bullies! We really enjoyed this one. It is a twist on the classes story and is tons to fun to read since most kids know the classic story.

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber is a story of a woman sports reporter int he 1940s and the trials that she had. I love that this book showed how hard it was to have that job and be female. The book talks about how she was inspired by Jackie Robinson. The book is a great look at a time in history.

Parachute is a fun book about looking at fears. This one is bout heights and a boy that takes his parachute with him everywhere. I love the pictures and the changes in the pictures at the fear becomes less and less.

What To Do With a Box is a book I just love. My oldest picked it out as her favorite book, because she loved the pictures and creative ideas for boxes! The pictures are just great and show just how creative kids can be with a box.

Shape Shift is a fun way to looking at shapes put together! Just what to two shapes put together make? Plus there is a fun game at the end of the book to play!

The Animals’ Ark is a fun book told about what the animals did on the ark! I like how it tells how they got along but problems happened but they worked on it. This is a fun book for kids that like animals.

What Books did you find this month?

June Book Finds

Check out these books from the last few months:

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Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monsters

Summer is in full swing and this is a great series for those that want to do a little activity but don’t want to spend tons of time prepping activities. This is why Royal Baloo and I make the summer programs. Swing Into Summer Learning is a great no-prep printable for kids to use! We are in the final week of the series. This week’s theme is Monsters! It has 7 levels of learning: Tot, PreK, Kinder, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade and Fourth Grade.

FREE Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monsters - 5 days of activities with 7 levels of learning: Tot, PreK, Kinder, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade and Fourth Grade - including math, language, abcs and more - 4 pages of printables for each day  - 3Dinosaurs.com & RoyalBaloo.com

If you are new to the program each week we have a new theme for each grade level. The printables for the program have 4 pages for each day. That is 20 pages total for each week. This makes it easy to use. This is a quick print and go set. Plus there are extras to help out with your summer learning.

Tot

Tot is for younger kids but can also be used with some Prek as well. You are going to find: Prewriting, Alphabet: V, W, X, Y, Z; Shapes: diamond, star, heart, crescent, hexagon; Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monsters - Tot: Prewriting,  Alphabet: V, W, X, Y, Z; Shapes: diamond, star, heart, crescent, hexagon; Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - 3Dinosaurs.com

PreK

Prek is for those that have just finished prek and are moving on to Kinder. You are going to find: Alphabet: V, W, X, Y, Z; Sight Words: make, in, for, you, said; Number: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; and an extra learning page for each day; and an extra learning page for each day.

Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monsters - PreK: Alphabet:  V, W, X, Y, Z; Sight Words: make, in, for, you, said; Number: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; and an extra learning page for each day; and an extra learning page for each day - 3Dinosaurs.com

Kinder

Kinder is for those that have just finished kindergarten and are moving on to first grade. You are going to find: Sight Words: brown, ride, pretty, at, this; Word Family: The Bug in the Jug Wants a Hug ib, ut, eg, ail, oke; Math and Language.

Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monsters - Kinder: Sight Words: brown, ride, pretty, at, this; Word Family: in, ake, eep, uck, ock; Math  and Language- 3Dinosaurs.com

First Grade

First Grade is for those that have completed first grade and are moving on to Second Grade. You are going to find: Sight Words: as, fly, of, open, when ; Word Family: The Nice Mice in the Rice age, eel, oil, oop, ow; Math and Language.

Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monsters - First Grade: Sight Words: as, fly, of, open, when ; Word Family: ale, ew, ook, ore, ow; Math and Language - 3Dinosaurs.com

Second Grade

Second Grade is for those that have completed second grade and are moving on to Third Grade. You are going to find: Sight Words: because, made, read, work, your; Word Family: The Thing on the Wing Can Sing -ee, -each or eech, -ose, -ief, -eik or eek; Math and Language.

Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monsters - Second Grade: Second - Sight Words: because, made, read, work, your; Word Family: -ow ,  eath, -ew, -ue -oe; Math and Language - 3Dinosaurs.com

Third Grade

This is for kids who have just completed Third Grade and are headed to fourth grade next year. Sight Words: far, six, light, pick, today; I R-Controlled Vowels, Cursive Alphabet: V, W, X, Y, Z; Math & Language

Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monsters - Third Grade: Sight Words: far, six, light, pick, today; U R-Controlled Vowels, Cursive Alphabet: V, W, X, Y, Z; Math & Language - 3Dinosaurs.com & RoyalBaloo.com

Fourth Grade

This is for kids who have just completed Fourth Grade and are headed to Fifth grade next year. Writing, 5 vocab: mayhem, haphazard, klutz, coax, terrified; Math & Language

Swing Into Summer Learning: Week 5 Monster - Fourth Grade: Writing, 5 vocab: mayhem, haphazard, klutz, coax, terrified; Math & Language - 3Dinosaurs.com & RoyalBaloo.com

Plus there are several extras to go with each level! And a fun dice that can be used for some of the pages.


Other weeks for Swing Into Summer Learning

Check out the other week of the Swing Into Summer Learning weeks:

Other Summer Learning Programs

Looking for other summer learning? Check out Jump Into Summer Learning & Build Up Summer Learning. It can be used with this years program.

Build Up Summer Learning -6 Levels of Learning - 3Dinosaurs.com

It can be used with this years program. It has 6 levels Tot, PreK, Kinder, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade. It themes are Pirate, Pond, Robot, Farm, and Camping.

Build Up Summer Learning: Week 1 Pirate
Build Up Summer Learning: Week 2 Pond
Build Up Summer Learning: Week 3 Robots
Build Up Summer Learning: Week 4 Farm
Build Up Summer Learning: Week 5 Camping

Jump In to Summer Learning

It can be used with this years program. It has 4 levels Tot, PreK, Kinder and First Grade. It themes are Space, Ocean, Beach, Dinosaur and Pioneer.
Jump Into Summer Learning: Space Week 1
Jump Into Summer Learning: Ocean Week 2
Jump Into Summer Learning: Beach Week 3
Jump Into Summer Learning: Dinosaur Week 4
Jump Into Summer Learning: Pioneer Week 5

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Ripples on a Pond: Warning Signs of Early Childhood Development Problems

I saw all the signs but I listened to the advice and made up excuses along the way ignoring the oncoming ripples.

“Oh, she will grow out of this phase!” – I just need to wait and it will go away.

“They all catch up so don’t worry about it.” – I won’t worry about her lack of walking and basic coordination skills.

“My child did that but she grew out of it fast.” – I won’t worry about the rolling around on the floor with the tantrum.

“All kids do that at least once in public.” – The meltdowns over stuff will go away. I’ll just push my way through this. This will just be a short time.

“She will learn to eat food at some time. Don’t worry about it.” – I’ll just keep feeding her and it will be okay. Just because I can’t get her to eat anything but the most pureed baby food is okay. She will learn to eat.

“I would not be worried about her lack of talking. All kids learn to talk at some time.” – She only has 12 words and it six months from 2 years. But they said she would talk at some time. I won’t worry about it.

Ripples on a Pond: Warning Signs of Early Childhood Development Problems - learning that advice from other is not always helpful in seeing that all the problems are part of the whole diagnoses. - 3Dinosaurs.com

A small pebble is thrown into a pond and the ripples go out from the center. Each wave gets larger and larger as the ripples go out. They all have a starting point. If you are level and looking in you just see small waves coming at you. Each wave is just that a wave. But when you look at the overall problem from the above you see that it is ripples in a pond and all have a starting point.

Did I See All The Signs In The Oncoming Ripples?

I had so much advice from everyone about how everything was “a phase” that I did not see or look at all the ripples or signs. In reality, the pond was full of ripples that I was not looking at or dealing with the overall source of the problem or problems. And I did not see the problem as a whole. I just knew everyone said it would get better. Plus I felt like I was the worst parent ever because I could not deal with the problems.

I saw so many signs but only one at a time. And sometimes they came from a different cause that I did not put together until the different ripples were overlapping. I also was so blind to the advice that people gave me who had “been there” I did not want to see them.

What Were The First Ripples?

For the problems in our house, the ripples started much earlier than I thought. I kept a great journal when my girls were younger. It really helped me look at the overall oncoming ripples.

We had some of the following: feeding, clothes changes, regression or learning, meltdowns, lack of speech, and tantrums. Each of these had their own set of starting points for the ripples that I saw. I really did not focus on the overall problems from the different waves that I saw.

What Did I Do About The Ripples?

The ripples all came in different waves and somewhere bigger than others. I felt like a horrible mother because my child was not outgrowing the problems. The waves just kept coming and coming. I was frustrated, angry and hurt that I could not take care of my child.

I had one friend who suggested that I get my child evaluated with Early Intervention. I was thrown for a loop at the suggestion. I mean everyone else said she would grow out of it. She helped me look at the problem from the top to see the whole ripple effect instead of just the oncoming waves.

I’m not a bad mom. I just couldn’t see the whole picture for me to understand the ripples on the pond had a source.

Ripples on a Pond: Warning Signs of Early Childhood Development Problems - learning that advice from other is not always helpful in seeing that all the problems are part of the whole diagnoses. - 3Dinosaurs.com

Looking At The All The Ripples Together

Once I looked at the whole pond and saw all the ripples and they did have a source it made me feel better. It did not help the challenges that we were facing but did make some difference.

I also started taking less and less advice and pushing my own way forward with each wave. I had all the signs but ignored them because someone else said it would just get better.

No matter the issue you as a mom can always know what is best for your kids and do what you need for your kids. Listen to advice but also realized that not all advice fits for every child and certainly those with special needs.

Parenting with Special Needs - 12 Month Blog Hop Series - 3Dinosaurs.com

This is a new series that I’m starting with 12 other bloggers. This is going to be a great series and full of emotion. You can read everyone’s posts about recognizing signs below. There are so many different ways to see and know signs for what they are.

10 Early Signs of Autism – Natural Beach Living
How to Recognize Signs of a Mood Disorder in Young Children – Every Star is Different
Sensory Processing Red Flags – Lemon Lime Adventures
Recognizing the signs – Childhood Trauma – STEAM Powered Family
Recognising signs as a first time special needs parent – My Home Truths
Hemophilia, Juvenile Arthritis, and Allergies… Oh my – Grace and Green Pastures
Myths About Recognizing Developmental Delays – Life Over C’s
Recognizing the Signs of Reactive Attachment Disorder – The Chaos and The Clutter
7 Sanity Saving Tips if You Think Your Child has Special Needs – B-Inspired Mama
When They Say It’s Just Your Parenting – This Outnumbered Mama
Signs That Your Early Reader Has Hyperlexia – And Next Comes L
How to Deal with the Unexpected Learning Disability – Kori at Home
Forgiving Myself for Denying the Signs of Autism in My Daughter – Parenting Chaos

Here is a ook at all the themes for the 12 months:

Parenting with Special Needs - 12 Month Blog Hop Series - 3Dinosaurs.com

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