Tuesday, September 8

Wish List Must Have: The Perfect Doll for Pretend Play

Pretend play is a concept that children do very well. They can turn a floor into hot lava and make puppets and dolls seemingly come to life. Through pretending, children learn to develop ideas and concepts, compromise with friends, and they begin to understand scenarios that they may have seen but didn't understand. I would like to share with you the perfect doll for pretend play, Glitter Girls Dolls.
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The Basics
Glitter Girls Dolls are 14 inch dolls adorned with glitter shoes and trendy clothing. "Through their colorful fashion and vibrant personalities, the Glitter Girls embrace friendship and encourage self confidence." The Glitter Girls line includes dolls, doll clothes, accessories and even pet friends. With affordable price points, Glitter Girls are sure to bring a sparkle to the little girl in your life. 

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The Review
We received the Keltie Doll, Maren Doll, and the Donut Delivery Scooter for review. *This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva. At first glance the dolls and scooter were packaged well and the dolls were very pretty! We opened Keltie first, my daughter's favorite. Keltie is such a cute doll, my daughter loves her outfit. Maren was next up and my daughter fell in love with her chef hat. Both dolls are made with quality materials, have hair that is comb-able with a wire brush, and have bendable arms and legs. 
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The show stopper here was the Donut Delivery Scooter! My daughter's new dream in life is to own a donut shop and deliver them on a scooter! This little toy is fabulous! It is a movable scooter and comes with donuts, donut trays, a helmet, and balloons to attract donut customers. The scooter also lights up and plays music for donut shoppers. 
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Final Thoughts
The Glitter Girls line is a beautiful collection of high quality dolls and accessories. They would make great gifts for a birthday and for the holidays. I am happy to add more pieces to our new Glitter Girls collection. My daughters new holiday wish list now includes the Glitter Girls Convertible Car, a Horse Stable Barn, and a Horse. Products can be conveniently purchased through this blog post by clicking the links, shopping through Amazon and also Target. 
Do your kids like pretend play? What types of dolls are your children enjoying at the moment? Do you plan to add any dolls to their collection. I'd love to hear your thoughts below. Until next time. 

April K.
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Tuesday, August 25

Books I'm Reading To Become A Better Mom

Motherhood, the toughest hood that I've ever been in! I've only been a mom for a few years but everyday I learn something new everyday about myself when it comes to raising another little human being. But mostly, I am learning the type of mother that i want to be for my child. I welcome any advice that I am given on motherhood, be it from friends, podcasts, blogs and books. I would like to share with you the books that I am reading to become a better mom. Check them out below.
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 Reading books on my Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Tablet  is very convenient, I'm able to read in bed at night which leads to reading more books overall. Click on the titles to see these books on Amazon. 
1. The Conscious Parent - "Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents' psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parents' development. Parents unwittingly pass on an inheritance of psychological pain and emotional shallowness. To handle the behavior that results, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques for control and quick fixes for dysfunction. In Dr. Shefali Tsabary's conscious approach to parenting, however, children serve as mirrors of their parents' forgotten self. Those willing to look in the mirror have an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness. Once they find their way back to their essence, parents enter into communion with their children, shifting away from the traditional parent-to-child "know it all" approach and more towards a mutual parent-with-child relationship. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parents awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence." 

2. Positive Parenting How To Raise Sound Children and Be an Amazing Parent - "Children are like tiny adults who are still trying to figure out life.Discipline is hard. Discipline is taboo. But discipline is necessary.This shapes your child into the sound adult that he will turn out to be. As parents, we know how exhausting and hopeless you feel most of the time when dealing with kids.They feel like they are the Kings and Queens of the world.You feel defeated when they overthrow what little power you have over them. Showing them how their behavior and life has consequences starts with you.This is discipline. This is how you will deal with the twist and turns of their attitude. This is how you teach them to behave." This book is available to read for free with a subscription to Kindle Unlimited

3. The Whole Brain Child - "In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth."

4. How To Talk So Kids Will Listen And Listen So Kids Will Talk - "Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to:
·      Cope with your child's negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment
·      Express your strong feelings without being hurtful
·      Engage your child's willing cooperation
·      Set firm limits and maintain goodwill
·      Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
·      Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise
·      Resolve family conflicts peacefully
Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding."


5. The Five Love Languages of Children - "You know you love your child. But how can you make sure your child knows it? The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages® has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you:
  • Discover your child’s love language
  • Assist your child in successful learning
  • Use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively
  • Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child
Discover your child's primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child."

6. The Call Of The Wild And Free - "The Call of the Wild and Free offers advice, information, and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling, those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration, as well as parents, educators, and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids’ traditional educations."

7. The Unhurried Homeschooler - "Homeschooling is a wonderful, worthwhile pursuit, but many homeschool parents struggle with feelings of burnout and frustration. If you have ever felt this way, you’re not alone! Most of us need to be reminded of the “why” of homeschooling from time to time—but The Unhurried Homeschooler takes parents a step further and lifts the unnecessary burdens that many parents place on themselves. Drawing on twenty years of homeschooling her eight children, Durenda Wilson gently reminds parents about the things that really matter, as she offers a clear portrait of what a life-giving home life can be during the homeschooling years. Reading The Unhurried Homeschooler is like having coffee with a trusted friend. You’ll be encouraged as you learn to do what God has put before you. This book will lighten your load while helping you learn how to raise life long learners and ENJOY the homeschool years with your kids." This book is also available to read on Kindle Unlimited
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Reading has always been a hobby of mine and parenting books are enlightening. I hope you find the time to read some of the books on this list. Do you have any parenting books to recommend?  Let me know in the comments below. 
April K.
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Monday, July 6

Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Another homeschool year is rapidly approaching and we are excited! I am incorporating a few new subjects into our 2nd grade year. I have shared what we used for first grade HERE and if you would like to see this year's 2nd grade choices, keep on reading! 

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The bulk of our school year falls under 4 main subjects, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Under these main subjects there are more specific subjects that we learn. Everything that we are using and have used will be in my Amazon Store. I am also linking what I can in this post, the pictures are clickable so feel free to learn more about everything listed! 

 

Language Arts - This year we will be focusing heavily on more advanced reading and spelling. We will also be working on grammar, creative writing, and reading fun chapter books. 
3. McGraw Hill Reading book 1, book 2, and workbook

   

Math - We are keeping math simple this year. I have found a great textbook to guide us through new topics and we will also work on memorizing math facts.
1. McGraw Hill Math second grade volume 1 and volume 2.


           

Science and Social Studies - I'm going back to what worked well for us last year which is Fusion Science. Fusion Science is a textbook, workbook combo. It gives the just the right amount of information combined with questions, projects and colorful pages. This year I am also incorporating a new social studies curriculum, Social Studies People and Places


         

Extras - This homeschool year will look majorly different that previous years. I've decided to incorporate more projects and activities to keep us engaged and to keep learning fun. We are learning how to play the recorder, a classic elementary school instrument. We will also be learning some coding, putting together circuit boards, and doing a few art and STEM projects. 

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We will also have backyard school days, park school days, nature walks, pretend play days, Kindle binge reading days, and days where we do nothing at all. As always I will be sharing our days on my Instagram and you can chat with me as well over there. Are you planning to homeschool this year? Have you begun to look for homeschool curriculum? Lets me know in the comments and I'll see you on my next post! 

April K.
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Monday, June 29

5 Things Every Homeschool Family Needs

Since officially starting our homeschool journey almost a year ago, I have quickly realized a few things that are must haves in my life. Along with being organized and having a flexible attitude and schedule. these things will greatly improve your homeschool days. Have a look below at what I am recommending for every homeschool family.
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1. Museum memberships - Museum memberships are a homeschool mom's, even a stay at home mom's, best friend! A membership to various museums in your city will almost always save you money and time. We use our museum memberships regularly, and I especially like the memberships that also have adult events. HERE, I have shared the best museum memberships for kids in Atlanta.

2. Library event schedules - The library is one of your best resources for homeschooling. There are tons of free (obvi lol) books, computers, printing, audio and digital media, but mostly, library events and programs. We attend local library events all the time! I just go on the library website, look at the event calendar, and write down the events in my planner to attend. We have gone to storytimes with free new books, summer reading festivals, and even family yoga classes. So if you haven't checked out the programs at your local library, I suggest doing so soon. And best of all, library events are free to attend!

3. Homeschool friends - Yes, every homeschool family needs homeschool friends! Friends not only for the children, but for the moms as well. You can meet and make friends with other homeschool families out in public, as well making friends through the internet. We met most of our homeschool friends through Facebook group meetups. Some were general mom groups and some were specifically for homeschoolers. However you decide to meet homeschool friends, be sure to keep in touch with with your new social circle. HERE are some other tips for finding and keeping homeschool friends.

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4. Amazon Prime Membership - Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial This may be a given. Every family, whether they homeschool or not should have Amazon Prime. Two day shipping, grocery delivery, music, videos, curriculum, pencils, paint, basically everything that you need for your home and homeschool at your fingertips. I've literally had Amazon Prime since 2005 when I was ordering college textbooks, so I am a true fan.

5. Amazon Kindle Fire HD - This powerful little e-reader is the best thing that I have purchased in a while. I love my kindle and I read book on it daily. I honestly don't use my kindle for anything other than reading, however it works just like any other tablet. My daughter also has a kindle and uses it for reading, playing games and watching youtube. The kindle fire works best with a Kindle Unlimited subscription, unlimited reading from over 1 million e-books! You can also download the Kindle app on any device and read your Kindle Unlimited books there as well. Such a wonderful tool to have for homeschool.
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Even if you aren't a homeschooler, this list would benefit families in general. I remember using these suggestions when I was just a stay at home mom. What are some other things that you suggest for homeschool families? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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