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beginning to learn (holy crap!)


Holden has gotten really into reading lately. And by “reading,” I mean bringing me a book, sitting on my lap and humoring me for two pages as I read and ask her to point things out to me. “Holden, where’s the dog?” “Holden, where’s red?” 60% of the time she gets it right every time.

As she’s beginning to recognize things like body parts (though she usually just points to her ear) and some animals, I’m realizing that this kid is actually learning stuff. And, holy crap, I should probably start… teaching her things.

A friend of mine homeschools her young children and I asked her for some resources for preschool curricula. One she sent me is a free resource called Tot School.

Tot School - Early Learning Through Play @ohbotherblog

It’s described as “focused time with your tot, exposing early learning skills through fun play.” There’s an E-book and tons of blog posts, free printables and even a weekly gathering place where moms come together to share ideas and updates on how certain lessons worked, etc.

I have to admit, it seemed totally overwhelming when I first checked it out, but Carisa, the mom behind Tot School, posted this Minute-by-Minute walk through of what Tot School actually looks like in her house (including toddler meltdowns and TV breaks), which made me feel much better. Carisa also reminds you that this is supposed to be fun.

So… I think I might give it a try. The challenge, of course, is finding the time as a working mom whose partner is out of town during the week. I’m sure if I gave my parents some “lessons” to do with her during the day, they would.

What kind of things did you do to encourage early learning with your little one? Am I being a weirdo and trying this too soon?

the watermelon seed


The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli @ohbotherblog

Holden got an early birthday present this week that I am absolutely in love with. It’s a children’s book called The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, a writer and illustrator who, it turns out, is from my hometown!

First of all, the book is gorgeous. The 3-color screenprints in green, pink and black make this one of the most visually interesting kids’ books I’ve read (and trust me, I’ve seen quite a few in the past year). But also, this book is funny.

It’s about a crocodile who luuuuuurvs watermelon (CHOMP! SLURP! CHOMP!) but freaks out when he swallows a seed. It just begs to be performed and Holdy cracks up every time we read it. Check out the book trailer (which, apparently, is a thing? who knew?)

I mean:

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli @ohbotherblog

I love where he’s doing The Crying Game over there in the corner. Seriously, it’s the cutest. Check it out.

I wanted to learn more about Greg, so I checked out his website, where he has more books (Not Very Scary looks adorable), his sketchbook, some of his screenprints and more. He has an Etsy shop too. This guy is so talented and his work has a great sense of humor. I love this one:

Greg Pizzoli Illustrations @ohbotherblog

Greg Pizzoli, you’re my hometown hero!

look for the helpers


How to explain tragedy to your kids. Mister Rogers: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. @ohbotherblog

Photo: Getty Images from The Huffington Post

Now that I am a mom, I always wonder how I will one day have to explain tragedies like the one that occurred at the Boston Marathon today to Holden.

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, The Huffington Post posted an article, “Mister Rogers ‘Helpers’ Quote Offers Calming Advice To Kids, Adults Alike In Wake Of Tragedy.”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,'” Fred Rogers wrote in the Mister Rogers Parenting Book.

Good advice to remember.

It’s International Children’s Book Day


Baby Holden loves to read

Every year, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday (April 2), International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.

My favorite children’s book was Shel Silverstein’s book of poems, Where the Sidewalk Ends. There used to be a waiting list at my elementary school library to take that book out. No lie.

What was your favorite children’s book?

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