“Possible, Everything is Possible” is the ALL inspiring sing-along-song, letting children of ALL ages know what’s possible. This video is adorable and makes you want to shout, POSSIBLE, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
Breakfast for a Prince uses good pictures and universal language for ESL Students
Good pictures are as close to universal language as the world is likely to get…picture books are an invaluable aid to communication across linguistic lines.
Here are the top reasons why Children’s books help ESL learn English:
• Engagement that’s not intimidating
• Children’s books have universal themes
• Simple language
• Manageable story length
• Illustrations make it fun and engaging
• Increase vocabulary in context
• Helps with skills and strategy development
• Integration of language skills: reading, listening, and speaking
• Creates heightened interest in books and reading
• Cultural knowledge (Western and other cultures)
• Multicultural stories – students see themselves, adds to connecting with story
• Exposure to literary terms and appreciation of literature
•Figurative language and cultural metaphors
• Visual art appreciation
• It’s FUN !
WANT TO TEACH KIDS TO READ? GIVE THEM AN ADORING (FURRY) AUDIENCE.
Early readers need encouragement and what’s more reassuring than a wagging tail, sweet puppy dog eyes, and a rapt audience that will never utter a discouraging word?
Having kids read to man’s best friend gives them an outlet for their newfound phonics, and the pooches — with their need for attention — Dogs and kids lap it up.
Give your children 15-minute stints to read to a dog. Your child has pet allergies? No problem, this method also works with stuff pets too!
Look for every possible way to motivate kids to love to read. For both kids and their pets, this approch will make the dog happy and the kids smile!
Image: Zuzu from Prince Garrett’s book series
Jannie Pilgrim captures, with childlike imagination, a child’s amazing and purposeful adventure–with lessons adults can appreciate! Looking forward to sharing with my three children the entire Prince Garrett Series!!!
Halloween can be a fun time for the little ones. I wanted to do something fun for the kids and share some information about my upcoming children’s book, The Beautiful Book of Possibilities. To accomplish both, I created a video in tribute to Mr. Bullfrog, one of the characters in the Prince Garrett series of books.
Mr. Bullfrog is king of a pond in Milford Forrest, and he can be misunderstood. My video, “Bullfrog’s Anthem” show’s Jeremiah (Mr. Bullfrog) in a new light. Through a loved nursery rhyme, Mr. Bullfrog raps about the importance of school. Don’t let his green skin and spooky voice fool you; Jeremiah is a fun amphibian! Click here to check him out.
Halloween Children’s Book reviews
5.0 Stars – I Loved It!
In our house, we approach every new event with books, and holidays are no exception. With two children under the age of three, I have found that story books help to explain life’s transitions and traditions more effectively than I can on my own. So when a book carries both a lesson and a little holiday fun, it is a win-win.
Vampire Baby by Kelly Bennett is this type of book, and it is my toddler’s current favorite. When she has her afternoon quiet time, this has been the first book she asks for currently.
Vampire Baby is a cute story about a big brother who is convinced his little sister must be a vampire because she bites everything in sight. Overnight, Tootie goes from being the cute baby sister to a biting “vampire baby” when she gets her first teeth. Her older brother doesn’t know what to do and, convinced she is a vampire, he tries to sell her to another vampire family. But, in the end, Tootie’s big brother learns the lesson that a sibling’s love runs a lot deeper than his annoyance at his sister’s new baby teeth, or, more importantly, any other passing phase.
This book is perfect for both the Halloween season and to help teach a simple lesson about sibling relationships. While geared for ages 4-6, my soon-to-be three year old loves this book and I (optimistically) believe that she gets the lesson on some level. I recommend it even if your kids are under 4.
Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette is a cute rhyming and counting tale. There is one ghost in the house who hears a noise, then there are two and three. They go through the house collecting and counting more and more – a mummy, a monster and so on.
A clever take on the usual counting books, Ghost in the House has a great rhythm that captivates even younger children. The characters are traditional Halloween monsters, but they are presented in a way that allows them to be more fun than scary. It’s perfect for introducing Halloween to young kids in a safe and fun way.
Finally, Filbert The Good Little Fiend by Hiawyn Oram helps to address the difficult life lesson, particularly in this age of bullying, that it is always okay to simply be yourself. Filbert is a fiend whose parents and teachers expect him to be “bad.” But he just can’t help it – he is a good fiend.
While banished from the classroom to think about his actions, Filbert meets Florinda, an angel, who is also in some trouble of her own because she’s a bad angel. Together, they come up with a plan and ultimately their friends and family learn to accept them just the way they are.
It’s such an important lesson, but a really tough one to get across. This book provides not only a cute story with fabulous illustrations by Jimmy Liao that kids love, but a platform on which to launch discussions with older children about the importance of being true to yourself and accepting of others and their differences.