Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Happy Birthday Ava: 4 Fun Facts About My New 4 Year Old!

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I can't believe it, I officially have a 4 year old daughter! Four years ago today, I had a little person that would change my world forever. It is so fun and heart warming to see my daughter grow and develop into a person that will change the world someday! So, in honor of her 4th birthday, I wanted to share a few fun facts about my daughter Ava.

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1. Ava loves to do art. She is actually pretty good at drawing. Here is a picture of a gumball machine that she drew outside a few days ago. I make sure to keep art supplies in stock and clean paper on her easel for whenever the creative urge comes along. We participate in the art class at our local museum, but I think I may need to enroll her in an official art class.

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*This post is in collaboration with PediPed.
2. Ava's favorite color is pink. I think I may have had an influence on that! I was recently contacted by a representative of pediped and Ava was able to pick out a pair of shoes. pediped is a shoe company that creates footwear that promotes healthy foot development which is especially important for growing children. pediped has technology based shoes such as machine washable, waterproof and even vegan footwear! We live a vegan lifestyle which includes not eating or wearing animal products.
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I pulled up the vegan selection of shoes on the computer, my little unicorn child picks out the Flex Leah Rainbow shoe and I could't say no, what an adorable choice!  The Flex Leah Rainbow is a vegan shoe with the Flex Fit System. Ava loved wearing her adorable new shoes on her birthday! They matched perfectly with her birthday shirt.

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3. Ava loves to read. We take weekly trips to the library and she tries to read every book on the shelf. She likes to look at books alone but she loves when I read to her. Lately her favorite books are poetry books and classic fairy tale books like Cinderella and Snow White.

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4. Ava loves the water. She loves splashpads, beaches, pools anything with water. I'll be signing her up for swim lessons soon, we are both excited for that.

I am excited for what this new 4 year old life will be like. Ava is doing well in homeschool and is learning new things everyday, she has her own thoughts and opinions, likes and dislikes, and I am making sure to treat her with respect so she will learn to treat others with respect.  Make sure you check out PediPed and I will see you on my next post!

April K.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our Visit To The Center For Puppetry Arts - Mother Goose Performance

*Our visit to the Center For Puppetry Arts was provided by Brave PR Atlanta. 

This mama is proud, I officially have a theater loving child! Today was a special day, Ava went to her first play at the Center For Puppetry Arts. We were invited to see the Mother Goose show and we had a blast. Check out pictures below to find out why you should take a trip to the Center For Puppetry Arts.

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I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and I have only been to the Center For Puppetry Arts once, maybe twice that I can remember. Before now, I didn't feel Ava was old enough to sit through a play but my little lady is almost 4 years old and I felt that she would really enjoy a puppet show. Today was a special day in which I was able to take Ava for her first visit to the Center For Puppetry Arts to see the Mother Goose play, theater for the very young.

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Center for puppetry arts atlanta georgia thedailyaprilnava museum theater play mother goose

We arrived a little before the play began, so we were able to take a look around the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. We saw the puppets from the global collection first, there were puppets from all over the world. Ava could immediately point out which puppets were from Africa. My favorites were the puppets from Asia.

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Center for puppetry arts atlanta georgia thedailyaprilnava museum theater play mother goose

The Jim Henson Collection of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum brought back so many exciting memories of watching Sesame Street and The Muppets growing up. Ava was equally excited to see Big Bird and Elmo. This interactive exhibit allows children to see how puppets are made, and even put on their own puppet show.

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By the time we finished looking around the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, the Mother Goose Play was beginning. The show was fun, colorful, and Ava has an amazing time! There was singing, crowd interaction, and dancing. I like that the audience was able to get involved with the play, kids typically don't sit in silence for long, so it was refreshing not to have to shush my daughter.

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The main star of the show gave an amazing performance, and I would highly recommend going to see this show. Mother Goose will be showing through September 17, 2017. Have you taken your children to the theater yet? Let me know in the comments. Until next time.

April K.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Books I'm Reading Before Summer Ends!

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

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I wanted to share the books that I am diving into and hopefully finishing before the end of the summer. In January, I set a goal of reading 1 book per month, but I haven't stuck to that goal. Reading at night is so hard, I fall asleep super early which doesn't really leave time to read. So lately I've been forcing myself to stay up and read. Here is what I'm reading.

1. You are A Badass by Jen Sincero- I started listening to this audio book on Hoopla. It's okay, reminds me a lot of the book The Secret. I'm sure I will finish listening to it but I'm glad I didn't buy it since I have a similar book already.

2. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso - This has been on my reading list for months and I was finally able to pick it up from the library. I watched the #GirlBoss series on Netflix and it was okay. I'm hoping the book is better though.

3. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella - Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors if not my favorite. I really enjoyed the Shopaholic series of books and I'm sure this book will be excellent as well.

4. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - This book was recommended by a parenting podcast and luckily, I won it in an Instagram giveaway! I've started reading it and I like it so far. I would love to eventually read the whole series which includes two other books, P.S.I Still Love You and Always And Forever Laura Jean.

5. Peaceful Parent Happy Kids by Laura Markham - My favorite types of books are self help books and now parenting books. No, you don't learn how to parent from a book, but I do believe parenting books can give you amazing insight and advice on something that I'll be doing for the rest of my life. I am especially drawn to books that are about peaceful parenting, attachment parenting, natural parenting, so this book is right up my alley! I'll be listening to this book on Hoopla as well.

What books have/are you reading this summer? I'm thinking of joining the website Good Reads. Are any of you on Good Reads? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum for 2017

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The new 2017-2018 school year is quickly approaching. I am excited to officially began preschool homeschool with Ava! This will be an exciting journey for us, Ava is eager to learn and I am eager to teach! I decided to build my own curriculum for this preschool year. There are many free resources online and inexpensive resources in stores such as the Dollar Tree, Target, and Walmart. I would like to share a few of the resources that we will be using for this homeschool year.

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My main focus for Ava for the first half of preschool is writing. I picked up these A+ Let's Grow Smart Workbooks from Target. The Beginning Sounds and Alphabet workbooks will help with writing and letter recognition. The Same or Different workbook focuses on patterns and early math skills.

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Kumon is a great company for learning resources. I lucked up and found this never used coloring book at Goodwill. The tracing book came from Five Below. Five Below actually sells a ton of Kumon books.

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Ava knows her colors so we will be reviewing those with the Disney book. I found the Learning Numbers With Button Bear book unused at Goodwill also and it teaches numbers and colors. The DK Workbooks Pre-K Science was a birthday gift and has simple science lessons for Ava to complete. I'll probably supplement the science workbook with a Youtube video, book, or a real world activity.

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I've been picking up school supplies here and there for a couple years now and strangely I didn't have a writing tablet. Ava usually practices her writing in a dry erase book but that gets messy when the marker smears, so I found writing tablets at the Dollar Tree. I'm going to start saving the writing pages to track her progress. This lesson plan book came from the Target dollar spot. I'll be planning her lessons weekly but pre planning in a monthly planner.

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We will be beginning sight words and learning a little bit of Spanish. I am also hoping to keep up with the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading logs, we read daily but I don't always write her books down. Lastly, we will be using daily folders. Once a folder is empty, Ava will realize that she is done with school for the day.

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This looks like a lot of work but I promise it isn't! These workbooks are very thin and Ava will only be completing about 2 pages per day in addition to singing and music,  art, and out of the house activities. We will also be using free library resources such as Hoopla and Miss Humblebee's Academy, as well as attending story time at the library, and participating in gymnastics and a kids yoga class.

I am glad to share our homeschool journey with you all. Any seasoned homeschool moms out there? Feel free to leave some tips and advice in the comments! Until next time!