Archives for April 2010

Book Review: Truckery Rhymes

I have three reasons for my book selection this month.  One, April is National Poetry Month.  Two, Jon Scieszka is awesome.  And three, Truckery Rhymes is one of my 2-year-old son’s favorites books.

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We are big fans of Jon Scieszka’s other Trucktown picture books — Smash! Crash! and Melvin Might? — so when we found Truckery Rhymes in the library it was a MUST borrow.  And we borrowed it and borrowed it and borrowed it.  Thank goodness we finally have a brand-new copy to call our own.

Truckery Rhymes is a compilation of all your favorite nursery rhymes … with a truck-themed twist. The book jacket calls them “rowdy rhymes” and “honk-along songs” in “one big, noisy, high-octane collection.”  Each rhyme features a Trucktown friend and is more clever than the last.

Take this Trucktown rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” out for a spin and see what you think.

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Simple as That: Connect With Nature in an Hour a Day – A Green Hour Giveaway

If you could design the perfect learning environment for children, what would it be like?” asks Todd Christopher, co-founder of the National Wildlife Federation’s  Green Hour campaign and author of the new book The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids (Trumpeter – March 2010).

My vision of the perfect learning environment for my own kids is much like what Christopher goes on to describe:

“Certainly, it would need to be engaging – stoking the fires of fascination while at the same time extinguishing boredom.  It would invigorate not just the intellect but the whole child – mind, body, and spirit.  It would activate all of the senses and reward a child’s curiosity with discovery and wonder.  And it would instruct intimately while conveying lessons at a grand scale.”

Sounds too good to be true, right?

Such a place exists,” Christopher assures us, “and it can be found in a nearby park, on a local trail, or even in your own backyard.  The tuition is quite reasonable – even free.”

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Let’s Talk: Kids Sharing Bedrooms

When my Dad was growing up, he shared a small bedroom with his two brothers.  Their room was approximately 10 x 10 and the closet the three boys shared was not much bigger than the closet that I store my vacuum cleaner in today.

In today’s day and age, while it isn’t quite as common as it used to be for children to share bedrooms, it isn’t unheard of.  The size of an average bedroom may have increased, but houses with more than three bedrooms aren’t always easy to locate or afford. For many families, especially larger families, siblings sharing a room isn’t just an option, it is a necessity.

Challenges and Considerations

Sharing space is always about compromise, of course, but sharing space between siblings comes with its own set of challenges and considerations:

  • age differences
  • sleeping patterns – late sleepers vs. early risers
  • division of chores
  • individual temperaments
  • privacy

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