Twelve from 2012

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

Three years ago, on New Year’s Eve, Megan started a tradition of listing Simple Kids readers’ favorite posts from the past year.I really like that tradition, so every year I honor it by taking a look back and showcasing readers favorites.

This year I wanted to put a slightly different spin on it and share a dozen of my favorite things from this past year, blog posts and beyond.

2012 has been a fun year here at Simple Kids and I think you for being a part of it!

Without any further ado ….

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Weekend links

Have you guys taken a peek over at our Compassion Child Survival Program”s Pure Charity page We”ve raised over $1900 so far!  That”s wonderful!  Thank you!  This is a cause near and dear to our hearts here at Simple Living Media and it really makes me happy to see those dollars adding up.  Together we are making a real difference.

Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!

Taking dictation: crafting stories with young kids

The following post is by contributor Amy Anderson of Let’s Explore and originally appeared in November of 2011.

There is really nothing like the imagination of a young child. Long before they can write their own stories, children are ready and eager to tell their own stories. It is wonderfully empowering for a child to see her words written down as a “real” story. So, what are you waiting for? Grab some paper and get started!

If your child needs a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing, here are some fun things to try:

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A Simple Snowflake for Sandy Hook

The following is by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.

There is something magical in a new snowfall, particularly for a child.  Everything blanketed in white. The world looks new and clean, even a little sparkly.  The usual noise seems hushed.  It’s exciting and peaceful all at once.

The magic, the new beginning, the peace, that is what the Connecticut PTSA is trying to give to the survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  The children and faculty who lived through the horror will be relocated to another school building as they return from the holidays.  No one wants these children to walk into a school with stark and barren walls.  In preparation for this, the Connecticut PTSA has organized Snowflakes for Sandy Hook.
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All is calm …

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

We’ve been enjoying a peaceful and calm holiday so far.  My friends, I sincerely wish you and your families the same.  Gather close, slow down, and savor the little moments (and let the rest go).

There’s beauty, hope, and joy if we know where to look for it.

Speaking of letting things go, I never got around to getting my Christmas cards ordered this year, even though I spent some time creating a collage for that purpose.  So, I hope you’ll forgive me for going so modern with a tradition, but here are the images which would have been our cards and I hope you’ll enjoy them just the same.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Have a wonderful holiday, friends! Enjoy the little things.

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!”… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!