God Bless Our Baby by Hannah C. Hall, illustrated by Steve Whitlow

The perfect little book to ease your child into the idea of having a sibling!


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I am a big believer in the power of books to help kids (and adults, too!) deal with life's challenges and adjustments.

That's why I feel this book can be so helpful to families about to welcome a new little bundle of  joy into the mix:





5 After 5, Books Worth Rereading

I don't often want to read a book a second time, but there are a few titles that keep me coming back to their pages, over and over!

How about you? What books would you read again?


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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was Ways to Celebrate Easter and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List five books worth rereading


I could completely cheat with this list and say things like the Bible or devotional books - or even non-fiction books, because so often they're full of helpful information - but here are a few fiction titles that have been good enough to make me want to visit them again:

Friday Frivolity - April Showers Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we had a few Easter chuckles.

This week, we're doing the whole April showers theme, but I don't think we'll be seeing too many May flowers around these parts, because we're in a bit of a drought - complete with plenty of stinky wildfires.

I wonder what has caused our lack of rain....

The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Pets by Mike Berenstain

A fun little book featuring all the members of that silly bear family you know and love, The Berenstain Bears!


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I am so happy that Mike Berenstain continues to create the delightful Berenstain Bear adventures that his parents, Stan and Jan began back in 1962!

There is always a wonderful lesson to be learned each time those fun-loving bears get involved in something new and this time, they're bringing their pets to church!





Latticed Learning: Appearances and Ascension

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible



Pages pages 459-472 in this Bible and 333-339 in this one


Read a Little More


I was not familiar with specific books to go along with this week's story, but I did find a few that looked promising:



Jesus--to Eternity and Beyond!

Goodbye--for Now

Jesus Returns to Heaven

Bible Big Books: Jesus Appears to His Followers


Sing Some Songs

Watch Some Videos

This video matched last week perfectly, but it still fit for this week, as well:

 


Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about Jesus' appearances and ascension:


First, I traced Gv's hands (you know how much she loves that!) and we used a heart punch to show the spots where the nails had been, since that came up during our readings on Jesus' appearances after the Resurrection.


This prompted Gv to ask why Jesus did this for us...

Since our Bible talked about how Jesus told the disciples to throw their nets on the right side of the boat after a night where they caught no fish, Gv did some "fishing" with a kitchen spider while I told her which hand to use (to practice right and left, although she's known that for a while).





This craft reminded me of something we did back in this week, but it was fun to make again while we talked about The Great Commission:



Then we made several things to illustrate Jesus' ascension:

Gv enjoyed the Zacchaeus craft in week 31 so much, I figured she'd enjoy this reversal:





This simple windsock was fun for Gv to flutter behind her back while running around the house shouting, "Jesus! Jesus is alive!"  

I quickly hung it up on the mantle after G and I had to rewind our episode of The Mentalist for the fifth time because we still couldn't hear what Jane said. 


A sheet of white paper taped into a cylindrical shape with this glued onto the front, then tape some strips of tissue paper to the bottom and you're all set!  So easy!

Poor Jesus was probably worn out after Gv sent Him up and down, up and down half a zillion times while playing with this cup craft:


Going up...

I know this photo is fuzzy beyond belief, but it should still give you a better idea of how to create this craft - just glue some cotton around a plastic cup, then punch a hole in the bottom to thread the yarn through.  Tape the Jesus printable to the end of the yarn and then pull Him up, up and away.



Looking for all the great posts associated with this concept in one place?  Check out my Latticed Learning page here!

What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Box

Books become even better when you pair them with fun activities!

See what we did to go along with this month's Monthly Crafting Book Club selection of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun Monthly Crafting Book Club - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We had some great fun last year (see links at the end) and have continued the fun this year:


January - Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs
February - Giraffes Can't Dance Roll-a-Dance Die
March - How Do Dinosaurs...Social Skills Game


This month, we're focusing on a book that probably everyone has in their personal collection - one that even I remember fondly from my childhood (and that was a very long time ago!): 



Project Snapshot - Week 172

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)


I'd planned to share our family Easter photo, but snapped this while I was setting the camera's timer up for that shot.

I just love how excited Gv is over what's in her bucket (just 7 hard boiled eggs - and not even dyed, because the purple cabbage we tried didn't show up at all on our brown eggs) and how G is sweetly moving her flyaway hair out of her eyes.

I just want to snuggle them up right now!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Ways to Celebrate Easter

Saturday we remember a dark day, but the good news is that we already know what happened the day after!

How do you celebrate Easter? See if these five are on your list!


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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was Top Spring Cleaning Tasks and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List five ways you celebrate Easter


It's funny, because I was thinking that even though Easter is the most important holiday for Christians, most of us probably don't have quite as many traditions associated with that day as Christmas.

Nevertheless, I was still able to think of five things that we always do each Resurrection Day:

Friday Frivolity - Easter Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we were all a bunch of spider-phobes, even though it was Be Kind to Spiders Week.

There's lots going on this week for many people, between Passover, Holy Week and all things bunny, most everyone has something going on.

But in-between all that busyness, have a few laughs:

Fabulous Fairy Tales

Once again, I'm sharing homeschool solutions for the preschool years over at pambarnhill.com.

Today's post looks at the importance of fairy tales in preschool development - and over here, I'm sharing fairy tale books that are perfect for text comparisons, as collections, or just plain great selections!



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It's a new month, which means I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again sharing homeschool solutions for the preschool years.

This time, I've written a post on The Importance of Fairy Tales on Preschool Development

That's right, last month I shared the fabulous benefits nursery rhymes provide for your child and so it was only natural to follow that up with a look at the wonderful influence fairy tales have, as well.