Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Read To Your Baby

Baby's Very First Bath Book

Reading to your baby can be extremely important in their development. By reading to your baby you will build a strong foundation for lifelong learning and development. You wouldn't wait to talk to your baby until they can fully talk to you. There is no need to wait wait to read to your child until they can read. There are in fact many studies that show the benefits of reading to your babies that have been done by educational experts. While many of the positive effects will not manifest until they are toddlers or preschoolers the important influences are forged in infancy.
Baby's First Christmas

A lot of parents when finding out that they are expecting a new baby rush to get a crib, clothes, stroller, a car seat and such. The first things my husband and I bought were books and a superbaby onesie! We had actually been building our children's libraries before we had even met each other! We feel that a well stocked library is an investment that is unmeasurable.

Some of the advantages of reading to your baby are:

Bonding-When you are reading aloud to your baby they will be soothed by the cadence of your voice. As they are snuggled close they will hear your heartbeat and smell your familiar smell. They will soon associate books snuggling, fun and secure time with mom or dad

Early Language skills-By reading to your baby they will be introduced to how their native language works. How words and sentences sound and how to make sounds.
Baby's First Touchy-Feely Book
Cognitive Stimulation-Everything that makes up a book, the colors of the pictures, the flow of the words being read and the textures they see and feel will help your baby's growth and awareness.

Healthy Expression and Communication-By exposing your baby to different situations they will learn how to act and express emotions in a positive way.

Choo Choo

More restful sleep-By making calm and unhurried reading a part of your baby's bedtime or nap time routine will help signal to them that it is time to sleep and have a restful slumber. While it may take a few times to get into the rhythm that is right for you and your baby, if you stick with it bedtime read alouds will become a wonderful part of your day.

Find The Puppy

Glug, Glug, Glug--Bath Book
Here are some tips for choosing books for babies:
Sleepy Baby
They are drawn to bold and contrasting colors, geometric patterns, shiny surfaces and noisy books.

Babies put everything in their mouths! So go with board books, cloth books or books with plastic pages so you don't ruin the paper pages.

Baby's First Black and White Books

It is never too early to read to your baby. My husband started to read to our daughters as soon as we found out we were pregnant! Experts say that starting at the seventh month of fetal development that they can hear what is going on outside the womb. I don't know if this is the truth but my girls sure did kick and move a lot whenever daddy was reading to them!

            That's Not My Dragon




Friday, August 3, 2012

Reopening Business

I ended up taking a hiatus from working my Usborne business due to some personal reasons, mostly due to my health.  But, I am back feeling better than ever and ready to work the business.  I love that I can take a break if I need to and the business is here for me when I get back!

In August if you host a book party at your home or even online you can get double the FREE books!  Now who doesn't love free books!

Our average host receive $300 in FREE and discounted books, and this is without the double FREE book offer!

It's fun and easy for you.  You just provide the place, guests, and refreshments, if you want them and I do the rest. I will come in and show your guests the books, answer their questions, and help them shop for the books that are perfect for the kids in their life!

The books sell themselves!  They are beautiful and well made with great story lines that will keep your kids reading!  And our reference books are so full of information that is presented in an easy to understand manner that many homeschool curriculums use Usborne books!

So what are you waiting for?  Let's get your party scheduled today so you can start earning FREE books!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Usborne Book Club

Once a month we will have an Usborne Book Club. The kids will come for an hour, we will read a book and make a craft. They will each receive an Usborne book to take home with them. The price will be $10 for the first child, this will include the cost of a new book. Additional siblings will vary depend on how expensive of a book you choose.

I have a list of books that go along with each month's theme for you to choose from. All the books are under $10, you will only be paying for the books for the additional children. You can choose to have each child have the same book or a different book.

October 29, 2010 at 4:30pm we will be reading a Halloween Story and doing a Halloween craft. Book being read is 13 Ghosts Of Halloween

November 19, 2010 at 4:30pm we will be reading a book about please and thank you and doing a Thanksgiving craft. Book being read is Say Please!

December 17, 2010 at 4:30pm we will be reading a Christmas Story and doing a Christmas craft. Book being read is The Nutcracker

January 14, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading a story about achieving goals and doing a craft. Book being read is Learning To Fly

February 11, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading a story about love and family and making Valentines. Book being read is Best Family In The World

March 18, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading a story about what makes each of us special and unique and then doing a craft. Book being read is Unique Monique

April 15, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading a Spring book and doing a spring craft. Book being read is In The Nest

May 20, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading a book about Butterflies, seeing live butterflies and doing a butterfly craft. Book being read is The Butterfly

June 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm we will be reading a book about volcanoes and making volcanoes. Book being read is Volcanoes

July 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm we will be reading a story about the beach and doing a beach craft. Book being read is On The Beach

August 19, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading a story about dinosaurs and doing a dinosaur craft. Book being read is The Dinosaur Who lost His Roar

September 23, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading Alice In Wonderland and having a Un-Birthday Party.

October 28, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading a Halloween Book and doing a Halloween craft. Book being read is Happy Birthday Oliver Moon

November 18, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be cooking and everyone will receive an Usborne cookbook.

December 16, 2011 at 4:30pm we will be reading Christmas Story and doing a Christmas Craft. Book being read is A Christmas Carol

Selections are subject to change.

I need to know a week before the class what book you want if you want to pick it up at the class. Late pickups are available.

Send me a message how many kids, boy/girl, and their ages and I will send you the list of appropriate books for each theme. Also let me know if they are above or below grade level, what you want to focus one and any other information that I might need when picking out books.

You are welcome to visit my Usborne site and look at the books we will be reading and such. Don't forget to sign up for the monthly giveaway to win $50 in FREE books. Also let me know if you are interested in earning FREE books for the kids in your life whether it's family, school, or an organization.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Unique Monique-Review

For those of you who have not heard the great news, Usborne has bought Kane Miller Publishing! In the process of obtaining Kane Miller Usborne has officially changed their name and logo. We are now called Usborne Books and More.

How does all this affect you? And what does this mean to you the customer? It really doesn't affect you the customer at all, except now you get to purchase great Kane Miller books from your Usborne Consultant! Yay! Isn't that great news?

To celebrate the fact that we now have Kane Miller books I decided to spotlight one of my favorites, Unique Monique!

Unique Monique is a great story about a young girl who has to wear a uniform to school. The only problem with the uniform is that she doesn't get to be unique.

She ends up trying different accessories to show her own unique style. Each accessory then gets copied the next day by all her peers and is then banned by the principal.

Until at the end Monique does find something that will express her unique style that is all her and no one can ban! Aren't you just dying to know what it is? Well, you'll have to get the book to find out what she can do to finally be unique!

I love this story because it helps teach the principle of individuality as well as the fact that everyone is unique. I also like the fact that she keeps trying, and that the first few things she tries are not allowed but she doesn't give up.

The book measures 11.5 x 8 inches. It is suggested for ages 5-9, though I think all ages will truly enjoy this book!

It retails at $7.95! WOW! What a great price. For less then $10 you can add Unique Monique to your home library!
Visit my website and see what other great titles Usborne has to offer!
Please, don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you might have!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cinderella--First Stories

The Cinderella book from the First Stories collection is just delightful. It has 16 pages that have bright well drawn pictures done by illustrator Stephen Cartwright.

This book was written for young children who are just beginning to read. It is a dual reader, meaning that the line at the top of the page is for the child to read and the lines on the bottom of each page give more detail and are meant for the parent or an older sibling to read. The story is easily understood with just the lines written at top so the child can read it on their own. The illustrations are superbly done giving rich meaning to the story.

As many of you know I home school my two daughters. They are 11 months apart, and sometimes this gap is huge while at other times it is incredibly small. The gap never seemed as huge as when I was teaching them how to read. The younger one, who is almost a whole year younger, took longer to grasp reading. This was a perfect book for my daughters to read together. I told the younger one that she was to read the line at the top of the page and the older one was told to read the lines at the bottom of each page. They were ecstatic to read a book together, and neither realized that one part was easier than another.

Another added treat with this book, as is the case with most of the Usborne Books illustrated by Stephen Cartwright, is that there is a little yellow duck hidden on each page! The kids have a great time finding the duck. Some parents have discovered that it is easier to let the kids find the duck on each page before they read what is written! Regardless of when you look for the duck, the child can find the duck even if they are too young to read.

This book is part of the Accelerated Reader titles. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management software that is used in over 60,000 schools. AR helps teachers by providing and easy way to monitor all forms of guided reading practice.

This book is recommended for ages 3 and up. My girls, ages 6 and 7, still enjoy reading and looking at this book.