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Little Red Hen

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The Princess’ teacher sent home an update on what they are learning about at school.  Counting and estimating for math, how vegetables grow for science and they are reading “The Little Red Hen” and have begun their reading journals for English.  As an avid reader, I always told myself that when I had children I would read whatever my children were reading in school so that I would be able to carry on education at home.  I’m a firm believer that in order for your child to excel at school, you have to carry that on at home too.  I try to mix fun with learning and I’m excited to read Little Red Hen with my Princess.  The Princess has numerous books and we are fortunate to have not one, but three copies of this story.

Basically the gist of the story is Little Red Hen plants wheat, harvests is, mills it and bakes it into bread with no help from any of her barnyard friends.  However, once the bread is baked, all the friends want a bite, but the Little Red Hen says no as she is the only one who did all the work.  The moral of the story is that people who don’t want to contribute to the project, do not get to reap the benefits of the end product.

Originally a Russian old folk tale, the Little Red Hen had its role in reading instruction.  In the late 1800’s, there was a shift from religious texts to texts that still portrayed clear morals with less religious content.  Also with its repetitive vocabulary, it is still is reading technique used for reading beginners.

Can’t Wait to See “ParaNorman”

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My Princess loves monsters!  Vampires, Zombies (Mommy’s personal favourite), Witches, Wizards, you name it, she is fascinated.  It never really dawned on me how much she loved them until last year.  She was always into Dinosaurs.  She has a three-foot high dinosaur she sleeps with, a dinosaur t-shirt, an 90 piece dino set, a 2 foot long dinosaur that has to be in the shower when she is and Jurassic Park Trilogy is her all time favourite movie collection, not mention all the books on dinosaurs she has.  Loves them.  But when we were visiting her Dziadek (Polish for Grandpa) that the monster fascination finally hit home.  Dziadek was laid up in bed with a bad leg and he was watching “8 Legged Freaks” on TV.  It’s a super cheesy movie with David Arquette about spiders that have been exposed to nuclear toxins and have grown massive and take over a town.  She was glued! Unfortunately for me, Hubby had the movie and she would watch it on repeat.  I almost knew the script line by line.

 

The Princess’ Goosebumps Collection

 

After that, all types of monsters began to capture her imagination.  I am a firm believer that if your child shows an interest in something, encourage it and we did.  We bought her the “Monstrous Book of Monsters”  that teaches the reader how to notice, capture and eradicate such evil creatures.  She also has quite the collection of Goosebump Books.  At first there was some hesitation as to whether or not they would give her nightmares or frighten her, but thus far we have been without incident.  In fact, many times Hubby and I are referred to Mommy and Daddy Monster and she is Baby Monster and the imaginative game continues.  We have to hide, eat the Daddy Monster, and chase the Mommy Monster.  She enjoys these fictitious monsters and she loves reading about them.  We don’t buy her monster movies but we buy her books about them which keeps her reading, so I’m happy.

 

Monstrous Book of Monsters

 

Hubby and I had a date night last week where we went to see “Ted”.  While waiting in line, we saw a cardboard cut out for “ParaNorman“.  By the producers of Coraline, Focus Features brings “ParaNorman” to the big screen.  The premise is that a misunderstood boy named Norman helps save his town from a Zombie invasion brought on by a witches curse, using his ability to speak to the Dead.  When we saw it, we knew we had to bring the Princess.  We showed her the Official Trailer to gauge her response whether or not she would like it and her first response was “Daddy, I want to see the Zombies!”  I’m sure this movie would scare most children, but I have a little Princess who prefers scary monster movies to the Cat in the Hat.  I will be sure to post my review of it after we see it.  It’s making its international release August 17th!

This Knitting is hard!

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I will be the first to admit it, I’m not overly crafty.  My Nan could knit, and so could my aunt.  My grandmother quilted with the best of them and many of my aunts can make desserts that can rival any pastry chef.  My one sister knits, sews and quilts, and my other sister can draw and knit.  I am all thumbs.  But I am determined to join the elite club of crafting and I’m starting with knitting.

Pattern Book #1

For Christmas, my sister bought me a book for beginners and a book of patterns.  She bought me needles, looms, and yarn.  I tried to learn on my own, but the outcome was horrendous.  I could cast on, but I somehow couldn’t manage to create my first row.  When my sister came down, she showed me how, but my stitches were too tight.  Then they were too loose.  I got frustrated and left an unfinished piece still on the needles in a bag stuffed in the corner for months.

My starting piece

This weekend I was determined to pick it up again.  I started fresh and tried to do my first row again.  I ran into the same problems as before.  These how-to books couldn’t teach you how to tie your shoes let alone knit.  I am much more of a visual learner, so what better place to find a video of how to knit than Youtube.  So much better.  Granted I did increase by accident and my end stitches are a little loose, but it’s better than what I was doing before.  The video below is the one I found to be the easiest.

So here is hoping that by year’s end, I will have some sort of finished product, albeit I’m not counting the doll cape I made for Princess dolly Reggie (she watched Slap Shot with Paul Newman with her Daddy and the name stuck…poor doll).