AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge
What did AJ say????
Walking in from a birthday party that Daddy took him to. He runs up to me with doughnuts in hand. “Daddy got me the munchkins, but here’s the thing.” with hands up in the air gesturing away “I only had three bites of cake.”
While in the bathroom I hear AJ say. “Aaaaah pooping is great.”
“I wish every day was a half day.”
“So we can come home and have fun.”
“Sorry, but that’s life. We all have responsibilies. I wish I could stay home and still get paid.”
“You need to leave your socks on, it’s cold.”
“No, my piggies need to breathe.”
AJ woke one day at 5:30. WHY? Well he’s an early bird, but that’s a post for another day. That morning he said he needed to get up so he could work on his invention-a double pencil. He taped two pencils together and used it to draw and erase. What he was drawing was pretty cool and he was excited he could erase even faster with two erasers. I wanted to ask how he was going to sharped them…then was afraid he might try to invent a double sharpener.
AJ was being silly and not listening in karate. He told Sensei that he missed his Daddy who is always at work.
Sensei replied, that his daddy works so AJ can have the things he enjoys. He should thank his daddy for working. Before Sensei could finish, AJ blurts out….”My daddy is stronger than you.”
Sensei held back a laugh, smiled, and said “I bet he is.”
I got glasses for driving and watching movies at a distance. I always wanted glasses, I know I’m weird. Maybe in a few years I’ll need to wear them all the time.
AJ had three half days at school for parent-teacher conferences. One day I left early, the day I had to meet with the teacher. I told AJ we would have a lovely mommy and son lunch date. I really enjoyed that time with him. I told him we have to do it more often.
AJ reads and reviews Vera’s Halloween. This was a perfect choice from his school library!
Author: Vera Rosenberry
Illustrator: Vera Rosenberry
Vera is finally big enough to go trick-or-treating after dark, and this year she is dressed as a mummy! When one of her tissue bandages unravels, she stops to fix it only to discover that her family accidentally left her behind. As Vera searches for them, it starts to rain. How will she keep her bandages from falling apart? How will she find her way home?
Getting separated from loved ones can be a scary experience for children. In her reassuring way, Vera Rosenberry evokes the atmosphere of a spooky yet magical Halloween, and the comfort that comes when reuniting with loved ones.
That’s not a nice daddy to lose her. He needs to watch her like my daddy watches me.
Her mommy will be mad at the daddy for losing her. Then it started to rain and snow. I would be very scared. That was a nice friend to give her food and clothes.
See, always listen to your mother, even if she tells you to take a jacket at the worst times. AJ got really upset that the daddy lost Vera and she was all alone, scared, and cold.
Reading this book was perfect for AJ. It reinforced why he needs to stay close to us and what could happen if he did get lost. I explained that Vera was very lucky she ended up at a friend’s house who she could trust. I always tell him there are bad people out there who might take him away, pinch him, hit him, and never feed him. Yes, it may be scary, but he needs to know WHY he has to stay close to us! He needs to know we’re not just saying this to be mean, but because we love him and want to keep him safe.
One fine day finds all of the animals working, working, working, except for Anansi, who would much rather lounge and think than work, even though his house and garden are going to ruin. When he notices that Hyena has a magic stick to do all of his chores, he steals it. “Hocus-pocus, Magic Stick./Plant and water./Quick, quick, quick!” That part works well enough, but when the trickster falls asleep, the stick just keeps watering, watering, watering, until his garden turns into a mighty river and then a lake. When he wakes up, he can’t remember the magic words that will stop the stick. Fortunately, Hyena floats and saves the day, but does that teach the spider a lesson? Of course not, and the story ends as he is “planning new tricks, which is just what Anansi does best.” This tale has a more traditional ring to it than Kimmel and Stevens’s Anansi and the Talking Melon (Holiday, 1994), but whimsical illustrations add a modern-day appearance. The stick waters with an assortment of up-to-date hoses, watering cans, and a circular sprinkler, and the characters include a warthog in a bathing cap, a hare wearing water wings, and caricatures of the author in a dinosaur tube and the illustrator clutching a brush in her teeth. The art has a softer focus than in Talking Melon but the same bright colors fill the pages, and the whole adds up to an enjoyable offering that is clever, funny, surprising, and traditional all at once.
That’s not a nice spider. He didn’t clean or do any work. Then he stole Hyena’s magic stick. He made a big mess and never said I’m sorry. Now he’s floating away. The crocodile will eat him, I think.
Where’s the lesson?????? Anasi tries to get out of doing any work by stealing Hyena’s stick. At first it works, then he falls asleep and the magic stick makes a huge flood and now they have a lake. Hyena saves the day, the animals don’t seem to care, and Anasi gets away with what he did. I wished there was a lesson, but this just goes to show you how evil spiders can be!
When a giant squid takes inventory of all of the creatures in the ocean, he realizes that he’s way bigger than most of them! Of course, there are bigger things lurking around . . . but maybe this giant squid with a giant touch of hubris doesn’t really care? First-time author-illustrator Kevin Sherry is sure to garner fans of all sizes for his perfect-for-preschool read-aloud with simple text, bold and delightful collage art, and a lovable squid whose spirit just cannot be crushed.
He thinks he’s the biggest thing in the ocean. He’s making the other fishes feel bad. Then he gets eaten. He’s not the biggest. Then he thinks he’s the biggest thing in the whales mouth, he’s too funny.
A cute book with easy to read lines for kids. The squid keeps bragging that he’s the biggest thing, until he gets eaten by a whale. I was hoping he would get the other animals to work together to get out of the whale. Nope, he brags that he’s the biggest thing in the whale’s mouth.
Pete the Cat is back in New York Times bestselling author James Dean’s beginning reader Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School. In this funny My First I Can Read Book, Pete just can’t decide which outfit to wear to school! He has so many options to choose from. Fans of Pete the Cat will enjoy Pete’s creativity in choosing the coolest outfit.
Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.
After reading it the first time, he laughed as Pete the Cat kept putting clothes on without taking the other ones off first….
“He is asking everyone what he should wear. He should wear what he wants. I like my clothes, it’s boring to dress how they tell him.”
In the video, AJ was busy trying to plan out activities and quickly rushed through this video…
LOVE the plot of the book, you shouldn’t try to be like others. The best thing you can be is your self. You are so cool when you are you.
I love when I can order books for AJ from Scholastic Reading Club. He gets to pick one book or set and I pick two books or sets. As he gets older and his decoding is getting better, he needs books he can both read and enjoy.
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: back to school ~ books ~ uniforms ~ pep rally ~ football
Going to apologize in advance if it’s all disconnected…this was a tough one for me. My emotions kept getting in the way.
AJ has started 1st grade, back to schoolanother year old.. Yes, my sweet little boy, who I never tought would be potty trained is now a first grader. I swear he had a growth spurt the other night and is growing right before my eyes. It seems like only yesterday he was starting his first day of kindergarten. I blinked and now he’s in first grade. I’m afraid if I blink again he’ll be in middle school.
I wonder will the little boy who would cuddle in my arms as I read him books, tell me in teenage angst that he needs space as he locks himself in his room. Will he want to walk to school and back home with his friends? Will he want his mother to hug and kiss him or will that be embarrassing?
It may seem like it’s a ways off, but as parents we know it all passes too fast. I want to bottle up every moment with him and play it on demand each time I choose. All too soon he’ll be outgrowing his size 6/7 clothes when it only seems like yesterday his preemie outfits were too big for him.
I fear that my hugs and kisses will no longer be wanted. I hope he knows I need those hugs and kisses as much as he does.
Will he continue with karate? Will he need more uniformsas he outgrows his smaller ones? Will he make it to a black belt or higher? Will he rock at theater camp and continue performing and singing or will it just be a fad? Will he decide to participate in soccer or football? Will he still be friends with the kids he met at daycare and kindergarten? Will they be good friends, supporting each other and making smart choices? Avoiding peer pressure? Will he walk home and tell me all about the pep rally? His first date? His first love? His first broken heart? His soul mate?
I know the journey will be amazing and it’s better to wait for the answers. I just hope he’ll always need me.
Julius Jr. and his playful friends use equal doses of imagination and inventive spirit to help each other overcome challenges big and small, teaching boys and girls ages 2-5 that the best inventions are the ones that help your friends. This Step 1 Step into Reading leveled reader based on the creative spirit and lovable characters of Paul Frank comes with a shiny foil cover and two sheets of sparkly hologramatic stickers!
Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.
They go on the farm, the chickens get out. So Julius creates a machine to make the farmer’s voice louder. He calls his chickens back.
While AJ can read some of the words and sound out others he still relies on memorization and using pictorial cues to help him read what’s on the page.
He is trying, but being stubborn he refuses help. I try to remind him to sound out the words. He knows it’s easier to rely on learned self-help skills than sound out words. We will keep trying, because when he does it he feels so darn good.
For a Step 1 book, it’s really cute. The book focuses on team work and helping others. He needs to bring a few books into first grade; books he can read on his own. I am hoping continued practice with a few Step 1 and 2 books will make him feel confident when reading books that first day.
All the animals in this mixed-up farmyard are out of place. Young readers are asked, “What shall we do?” and encouraged to sort out this puzzle. Collage art in felt, stitched with antique fabrics, buttons, and other bric-a-brac, perfectly illustrates the playful text.
I love the pictures, they looked like they are sewed on. They have button eyes and clothes that I think I can touch, but it’s not real. He was in love with the illustrations, even though he was giggling as we read the book. He loved to take guesses on what animal would be in wrong place next.
AJ borrowed this from the library, I think he liked the cover. Sometimes he is so captivated by the illustrations, as he was with this book. It looks like a collage with sewed on buttons, felt, and quilts. All AJ wanted to do was run his fingers over each page to make sure he really couldn’t feel it through the paper.
The premise of the book is great, repetition of text to get kids engaged and easy for them to make predictions about what animal would be in the wrong place.
Renting a small apartment means limited space and no playroom. In our home we have a living room, spot for a dining table and chairs, kitchen with hardly any counter space, and two bedrooms. That’s it…no playroom, den, or office. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my small apartment. It keeps me from overloading it with unnecessary items and we have a garage, driveway, lawn, and we’re close to the center of town.
Now with a small apartment, my office is a spot on the couch…which is NOT comfortable, but it works. I prefer the other couch, but I have the roll-out electric fireplace that I use as a make shift table.
AJ has a nice sized room, but never plays in there. I can hear AJ in his room and see into part of it from the kitchen. He even has a TV and DVD player. Despite all that he tries to drag all his toys into the living room.
I put my foot down while cleaning and organizing this summer. I made it very clear that no toys are to be brought in the living room, it’s only for watching TV and movies. I set up a play space for him on the side of the couch near his bedroom door…that was working…for a bit.
Well as you can suspect it only lasted two days…soon toys were everywhere in the living room, cushions were down and made into forts, and it was a mess once again. Hubby is frustrated as wants to enjoy the living area as do I, but at the same time I understand our son doesn’t want to be cast off in his room. At this point, I have given up fighting him on the toys and mess, though I have limited the amount he brings in the space.
If we didn’t have that basement door between the bedrooms, we could set up a play area there. That would make a perfect spot for AJ to play while keeping our living room clutter free…but we need to have access to that door at all times.
The first book in Dav Pilkey’s mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!
George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!
Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav’s other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.
I love Captain Underpants. George and Harold are very funny and they play tricks on people. I’m going to read Attack of the Talking Toilets next. Captain Underpants runs around in his underwear. He is naked…(AJ laughs out loud). I like the cartoons George and Harold draw in the book.
AJ bought this at a school fair and so glad he did. What a great book to get kids interested in reading in chapter books and capturing bathroom humor. Yes, bathroom humor…but, if it gets a kid reading then it’s worth it. The first book is an introduction to George, Harold, and Captain Underpants.
AJ was able to remember what we read the night before and summarize it for me, before we read the next few chapters. It’s easy to follow along and make predictions.