Friday, March 29, 2013

This is a GREAT new find! At, there is a free section for "movies and music" that categorizes current music and movies so that parents can know exactly what the content is and whether it is appropriate for your family. Love it! (There are also free Easter printables on there right now.)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Free stuff

Somehow, I have two copies of "The Easter Story" so if anyone wants's the perfect season to read it. Also, I have "70 Favorite Children's Songs" by Janice Kapp Perry on CD we don't use. If anyone wants these, let me know!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Toddler Playgroup Update

Hi Ladies,
Here's who I have interested in a toddler playgroup and when they're most available...

Alissa Packer   Tues/Thur. afternoon
Robin Towle   anytime during summer
Ammie Gillespie  Monday morning, Thursday
Kristen Canales   mornings
Renee Foster  Fridays
Melissa Clark  ?
Mary Smith   mornings (9:30)
me (Monica Pack)  Mon/Wed/Fri

Unfortunately, it looks like getting one day that works for everyone will be tough. Any ideas?

100 Greatest Books for Kids

Saw this interesting list for the 100 "Greatest Books for Kids," ranked by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. Don't know if I'd agree with all of them but here they are...
(What are your kids' favorites? As we all know, they're the true critics.)
1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
4. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jacks Keats
5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
7. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
9. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
10. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
13. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
14. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
15. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
16. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
17. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
18. When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan
19. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
20. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
21. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
22. Corduroy by Don Freeman
23. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
24. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
25. The Giver by Lois Lowry
26. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
27. Black on White by Tana Hoban
28. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
29. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
30. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
31. The Mitten by Jan Brett
32. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
33. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
34. Swimmy by Leo Lionni
35. Freight Train by Donald Crews
36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
37. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood
38. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
39. Zen Shorts by John J. Muth
40. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
41. Matilda by Roald Dahl
42. What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry
43. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
44. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
45. The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta
46. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
47. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
48. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
49. Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
50. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
51. Sylvia Long's Mother Goose by Sylvia Long
52. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
53. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
54. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
55. Smile! by Roberta Grobel Intrater
56. Living Sunlight by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
57. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
58. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
59. Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
60. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes… by Annie Kubler
61. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
62. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
63. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
64. My Truck Is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis
65. Birds by Kevin Henkes
66. The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
67. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
68. Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz
69. The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole
70. Blackout by John Rocco
71. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
72. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
73. Tea With Milk by Allen Say
74. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
75. Holes by Louis Sachar
76. Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden
77. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
78. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
79. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
80. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
81. Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
82. Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows
83. Yoko by Rosemary Wells
84. No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli
85. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
86. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
87. Rules by Cynthia Lord
88. Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
89. An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
90. Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
91. Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
92. What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell
93. We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow
94. I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis
95. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
96. Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
97. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
98. First Words by Roger Priddy
99. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
100. Animalia by Graeme Base

Friday, March 15, 2013

Love and Logic

Anyone who knows me knows I love using LOVE AND LOGIC. At our house, the techniques have totally worked--especially when it come to dealing with toddler tantrums and giving effective consequences for negative behavior without getting too stressed as a parent. If you struggle with this like I do, I'd definitely recommend it. ( Their classes usually cost, but they have free articles and videos you can find on their website.

In the meantime, here are a few good reads I like about how to help little kids clean up their toys (a current struggle).

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Childcare List

Here's a list of local young women who would be THRILLED to watch your kids if you need a sitter. Date nights, here we come!

Aubrey Rosvall               385-312-6275
Linzey Daugherty           801-513-0912
Jessica Larson                 208-316-6169
Bailee Willits                  801-889-6584
Britta Watts                     801-946-6286
Deborah Richardson        801-692-1442
Clara Richardson             801-692-1442
Addie Spencer                 801-822-3699
Anna Rhoton                   801-420-8355
Hanna Emery                  801-505-3190
Courtney Evans               801-673-0379
Tahlia Erickson               801-372-6486
Emily Jarman                  801-691-4256
Bryn Miller                     801-756-6654