Happy (almost) Friday! I hope all of you have had a great week so far. I finished my last day of teaching at Central today, and next quarter I'll be teaching an evening class at a different college closer to our home. I felt a little emotional driving to work today, thinking that I won't be making this drive to Capitol Hill as often anymore. There's something about working in the city that I just love, though I'm also extremely thankful (and a little nervous) for this new opportunity. There will be a new set of challenges and unknowns, but I'm trying hard to ease myself into spring break mode and not think about all that stress too much yet.
One thing I'm really looking forward to during break is to read with Z and N without having to worry about time. When our days get busy, we often rush through books and stories (most of the time, mama is too tired) but then I feel like we miss out on so many great learning opportunities that way, whether it be phonics, spelling, social skills, emotional management, etc etc. I've also been wanting to write more about books from Z and N's regular favorites. These are my favorites, too. I love children's literature, and that is not because it's the only thing I read nowadays ;) Anyway, these books will be great from the toddler years through preschool ages. If you know people who might be interested for book recommendations for the little ones in their lives, feel free to share it :)
1. A Day With The Animal Doctor, by Sharon Rentta. We were gifted a Mandarin copy of this book a few years ago, and it's become one of our favorites. I was thrilled to find the English version and other books in the same series at Barnes and Noble! Z and N were really happy, too and they love the other ones just as much. These are: A Day With The Animal Mechanics, Animal Builders and Animal Firefighters. The details in the drawings are incredible, and the content is very educational (I got to learn about how a house is built, too :)
2. Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems. Mo Willems is by far my most favorite author for children's literature. His humor is great and so relatable. Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny, Too are Zoey's favorite. It involves a favorite stuffed animal, school friends, communicating with parents and the difficulty and frustration that come with it. The storyline is simple, and it's definitely something a preschooler like Zoey can relate too.
3. My Visit To The Aquarium, by Aliki. Well, this is quite self-explanatory. Nathan loves aquariums and ocean animals and so if your little ones are the same, they would love this book too :) You also get to learn names of different fish, which is helpful.
4. A Sick Day For Amos McGee, by Phillip Stead. This is a really sweet story that Naynay likes. Amos, the zoo keeper, visits his animal friends daily and spends time playing chess, reading a book, running a race with each of them. Seeing Amos is what the animals look forward to everyday, too. One day, Amos didn't show up. The animals waited and waited and finally they got on the bus to Amos' house and learned that he was sick. So the animals stayed to take care of Amos and keep him company. A sick day instantly becomes a not-so-bad day when you are around people who you love and love you :)
5. How Did That Get In My Lunchbox, by Chris Butterworth. I found this at Whole Foods Market and am glad I brought it home with me. It has different questions on each page, asking and explaining what our food looked like before they get to us, such as carrots, apple juice, and cheese. Most are simple concepts, but presenting them in a kid's book with cute illustrations grabs attention and interest from Z and N right away (especially Zoey.) I learned some stuff, too!
Alrighty, again, thank you for reading! Have a wonderful weekend, and hope you get to spend it with those you love :)