For the Kiddos
Have you ever felt out of place or like you didn’t belong? Felt like maybe there was more out there for you – to really fulfill your destiny? If you said yes, you and Smurfette have something in common!
On April 7, join Smurfette alongside her best pals Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy as they venture across the Forbidden Forest in order to uncover the bigger, smurfiest secret in all of the Smurf world! Of course, it wouldn’t be a Smurf movie if they weren’t dealing with Gargamel and his sidekicks along the way.
My girls and I recently checked out a screening of the new Smurfs: The Lost Village movie and I have to say, we loved it! The movie is full of laugh out loud moments as well as touching on points of deep thought and feelings.
The girls have been back in school for about a month and they are loving it – although, at their new school, they do get more homework than before and that involves more time from all of us as the girls learn their new lessons and as their dad and I navigate helping them. In Miss LadyBug’s class, they have done a few lessons on weights focusing on heavier than, lighter than and equal to – so when we received the Buggy Balance Measurement Activity Kit from Learning Resources for review, the timing could not have been better!
When it comes to reading, my girls just cannot get enough. We have been reading chapter books to them since they were itty bitty, and now at ages four and six, we are reading Harry Potter together as a family. Our six-year-old is reading like crazy, and that makes little sister feel a bit behind, so she has been working on her reading skills so that she can be an active participant in family book nights instead of just listening. One great way to improve pre-reading and strengthen existing reading skills for younger children is through the use of sight words. Sight words are commonly seen or used words that in order to improve reading skills, it is encouraged that children memorize them at sight, instead of using reading decoding skills to figure out (sounding out, etc). The trick to learning these is exposure – hanging them in commonly seen places (like labeling your door, a door!). Rock ‘n Learn brings educational DVD movies, CDs and mobile apps to reinforce learning skills for children. Their Sight Words series incorporates the Dolch sight word list with interactive and fun dance moves. I received a copy of Level 2 Sight Words in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Miss LadyBug is particular about shows that she watches – especially since we limit television time. One show that she has consistently loved for awhile now is Peppa Pig. Shown on Nick Jr, Peppa Pig is about an adorable and energetic piggy named Peppa who lives with her family including her mummy, daddy and brother, George. With her family and her animal friends Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Pedro Pony, they embark on fun adventures that will keep your preschooler in stitches! We received the upcoming Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party in exchange for my honest opinion.
Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party will hit store shelves on March 18 and if you have a Peppa Pig fan in your life, this is a must buy! Featuring 14 “peppasodes” including two never-before-seen extras, this DVD is sure to please!
This new Peppa Pig DVD includes the following peppasodes:
- My Birthday Party
- The Playground
- Fancy Dress Party
- Ballet Lesson
- Grandpa Pig’s Boat
- Daddy Puts Up a Picture
- School Play
- Rebecca Rabbit
- Tidying Up
- Grandpa’s Little Train
- At the Beach
- Frogs, Worms and Butterflies
- Cleaning the Car
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When it comes to be cozy and snuggly, no one knows how to do that better than Miss LadyBug, and certainly not with the amount of style that this kid can pull it off with. Most days when we walk in the door, Miss LadyBug will bee line upstairs to get herself changed from her boring “day” clothes and into something more comfortable and cozy, like sleepers. The problem she runs into is, the days we have to run somewhere else after dinner and she has to change back into regular clothes, since I do not just let her roam about in public in her pajamas anymore. This week, she received what is now her most treasured and favorite clothing item ever: a one-piece jumpsuit from OnePiece! We received a OnePiece jumpsuit in exchange for our honest opinions.
What did Miss LadyBug think?
She literally squealed outloud when I pulled the jumpsuit from OnePiece out of its packaging. Fortunately the blinds were still pulled in the kitchen where we opened it, as the kiddo was out of her clothes and into her OnePiece in a matter of moments!
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