Monday, January 23, 2012

Chinese New Year + Reading List

Today marks the beginning of the year of the dragon. For Chinese New Years, we made this craft.
Here is where you can download the template... http://www.craftjr.com/dragon-paper-craft.

Here's what we've been reading lately.
 Reptile Babies- 6 cute reptiles are introduced to young ones. K pointed out the spiders and bugs on each page.
101 Dalmations- We had 3 versions of this, and I weeded them to end up keeping this one. It's truer to the movie.
Alice in Wonderland Meets the White Rabbit- Kinda jumps around a bit, includes the Jaberwock, but Mom loves it!
Blue Moose- 5 stories in 1. The boys, especially K, thought it was silly, and liked reading more about the silly moose.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff- The troll was kinda creepy in this book. Luckily, my kids don't frighten too easily.
 Timmy Tiger and the Butterfly Net- The boys were worried about the bees in this book, as we've been learning about bees making honey.
My Favorite Book, Lessons to Grow on- I got that my kids don't understand metaphors from this book
Pinocchio- A classic. The boys don't get into Disney too much, unless it's Mickey
Hop on Pop- The boys are beginning to read, so this is great
 The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books (featuring Go, Dog. Go!; It's Not Easy Being a Bunny; Are You My Mother?; The Best Nest; Put Me in the Zoo; A Fly Went By)- easy to read books similiar to the style of Dr. Seuss. Go, Dog. Go! is easy to read like Hop on Pop (above)
Fluffy's Valentine's Day- 3 stories in 1. The boys liked how this book makes it easy to get into character while reading.
The Friendly Bunny- Cute! Teaches kids to be nice and share
People At Work- We tried to decide what the boys would like to do for a living, they pretty much said everything in this book! So cute!
 Glow in the Dark Mother Goose- 18 classic nursery rhymes. We read this in the dark with a flashlight, they thought it was cool how every other page glowed.
A Little Flush- no real plot line, just animals on the potty, and the last page has a button to push for a flush sound. That was the boys favorite part, of course.
Stevie's Tricycle- I had to laugh. This book used to be my husbands, and I can see why his mother got it for him. Stevie looks exactly like my husband did at that age. So I had some laughs. But it taught the boys the responsibility of taking care of their things.
The Little Mermaid- A classic, but a few too many character elements for 3-year-olds to keep straight.
Best Little Word Book Ever- We love Richard Scarry! this book is helping the boys to read
Katy No-Pocket- A classic! The boys loved it
The Valentine Bears- Adorable, even from 1983. Teaches you to love and do nice things for each other.

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The Several Tricks of Edgar Dolphin- One of my husband's books growing up, it's cute. The boys enjoyed it.
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Patch- Can you plant a honey pot and grow honey? The boys found out!

Mom finished reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I think the final book was my favorite in the series. I was cheering by the end. I was also surprised about a tiny variation at the end from the Swedish movie and the book. Will book 4 ever happen? I'm going to catch up on chemistry and magazines for a bit before beginning another book next week.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Years Reading List

We hope everybody had a great New Years! We've been trying to clear out some duplicates of books that we have, so we can make room for more. Call it spring cleaning, but in January. I'm going to start adding small reviews of books when I post them here- just a quick synopsis and what we thought of it. We've been busy reading over the last 2 weeks!

 A to Z: Cute alphabet " Aardvark Admiring, Beavers Ballooning" and so on. Keeps the boys attention
Blue Train, Green Train: I swear I have to read this all the time, the boys adore it. Thomas delivers during the day, Percy at night, with Seuss rhyming.
Corduroy's Day: 1-10 with the loveable bear. They like it
Counting: 1-10 with farm animals. We like to add the sounds each animal makes
Oh, Bother! Someone Won't Share: (not pictured) Winnie the Pooh & friends teach Rabbit to share. I love this series of Pooh books.
 The Foot Book: the boys love the rhymes. Dr. Seuss
I Can Go Potty: Kermit learns to go potty. The boys are mastering potty training, but they still like this book
Sounds of the Wild, Jungle: A cool pop-up and sound book. The boys were totally into the animal sounds. Requires batteries.
 Kartusch: A folksy little book about a blind snake who teaches the Furry Eyefulls about slowing down and using your other senses. Very cute, not sure if the boys understood it though
Big Red Kite: Berenstain Bears with a Dr. Seuss rhyme about a kite contest. K liked all the kites in it
Kittens and More Kittens: Our copy is from 1967, binding is barely holding up. Very cute story with old Pink Panther-esque drawings. But the end made me laugh how they all ended up with a crazy old cat lady haha
Ten Little Monkeys: L's favorite. It's the song, but in book form
 The Noisiest Night: It's about guessing the jungle animals. Short enough to hold their interest
Oozey Octopus: This is a cute folksy book in a whole series about aquatic life. I'd like to get some of the others in the series
Pano the Train: Cute book about a train that lost it's caboose. The boys love anything trains!
The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy: Adorable. All he wants is a boy for Christmas. They loved it.
A Day in the Park: A book about opposites. They could understand what was going on
Potty Book: same as Kermit, but with Fuzzy Bear
My Teacher Sleeps in School: I always ask them if their teacher sleeps in school, K loves anything silly
Where the Wild Things Are: Need I say more?
 123 Sesame Street: Cute tour of Bert and Ernie's apartment. Short and sweet
Tuko and the Birds: it's a little mature for the twins, and the birds were kinda mean to Tuko.
My W Book: helps you learn W Words. Cute.
Disney Year Book 1999: I know, it's old. But there's a bunch of stories in it so it's not totally dated. There's history on the California Gold Rush; animal, ocean and other random facts; stories about Mulan, Peter Pan, The Lion King, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Our library books this week included:
Olivia, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Forms a Band: The boys love Olivia, they love the show, they sing the theme song. The former 2 books kinda jumped around, but I don't think the boys minded
Bunny Party: It's always funny how prissy Ruby is, then Max kinda puts her in her place, and Grandma always seems to side with Max. The boys like the show a lot.

Mom finished reading The Girl Who Played with Fire & The Fall. They're both the second books in trilogies. I love the Millennium Trilogy, that goes without saying. I was also surprised with the newest movie. I was a big fan of the Swedish movies, but I loved Rooney Mara. I didn't think you could make a better movie than the one that was already made, but I was surprised- I liked it better. The Strain Trilogy has my interest now. Book one was pretty good. I didn't know what to expect from book two, just that things would play out. But the end surprised me, a lot. I can't wait to start The Night Eternal. I'm currently reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
I'm also tackling more chemistry. I plan on (eventually) getting my masters in geology. I need to take chem 1 and 2, plus a chem lab for my undergrad. College is still a ways off for me. I plan on going to UH for my BS, but need to become a resident of Hawaii first. That's going to require a couple of years saving money. So I plan to study in the mean time, that way I know what I'm doing when I get there. Plus, it's at my own pace now. I want to brush up on physics and geometry/trigonometry/calculus too. Yes, mom's a smarty, if you ever doubted it! haha