Quotes and Anecdotes from a Spirited 4 Year-Old

April 05, 2013“Better eat, Mom. I’m eyeballin’ your food…” April 02, 2013After several days of discussion, Edison finally conceded that “misappear” was actually pronounced “disappear”. He sighed heavily, put his hands together, and said, “Do you know what this is? This is my heart.” Then he opened his hands just a bit and said, “Now, […]

Cool Stuff Hidden in Picture Book Illustrations

A number of times while reading picture books to my son, we have noticed cool little things hidden in the illustrations. Normally, it is just an object that you can find on every page if you look for it. Sometimes, it relates to the story, and sometimes it is just a little thing that the illustrator threw in for fun. Edison gets such a kick out of looking for them as we read. I know there have been many more, but these are the books I can think of off the top of my head. As I come across more,…

Best Books for 4 Year-Old Boys

Well, since I already have posts for Best Books for 2 Year-Olds and Best Books for 3 Year-Old Boys, I figured it was high time for me to put together new list, now that my son is a 4 year-old. You may notice just a couple of repeats, but just because my son is a year older, doesn’t mean he no longer likes books from when he was “little”. 🙂   The Day the Babies Crawled Away (Find out more or buy through Amazon…) Right now, this is one of my top 3 favorite books. It’s rhythm and rhyme make…

Great Educational Preschool Board Games

Next to books, board games are high on my list of educational “tools” for preschoolers. They make learning so much fun, teach good sportsmanship, and are a great way to spend quality time together. Below are some our favorite preschool board games. If you have others, please share in the comments section!   Build a Robot Game (Find out more or buy through Amazon…) I am pretty sure that this game was made specifically for my son. It is no wonder that it was awarded the Oppenheim Best Toy award. It has everything that a preschoolers like: a spinner, sturdy…

How I Choose the Best Books for My 3 Year-Old

I love finding books for my 3 year-old. But, with new authors and writing styles constantly entering the scene, it can be hard to sift through the fluff and find the treasures. Below are some of the things I look at when I search for books for my 3 year-old. Commercial Books Should Offer More Than Just Marketing I try to stay away from commercial books. That doesn’t mean that I won’t pick up an early-reader book featuring the cast of Cars 2. It just means that the book has to offer more than just an opportunity for Disney or whomever…

How to Get Your Spirited Preschooler to Enjoy Reading

Spirited children are often very intelligent, but (like most kids) they tend to excel at things that interest them. From what I have read and experienced, spirited kids either have an easy time with reading or they struggle. There may be a number of reasons that reading may be tough for a spirited kid. Some kids have a hard time sitting still. Others enjoy being read to but do not have the patience or motivation to read themselves. Some kids get distracted by the pictures or their minds wonder or they have a million questions or prefer to make up…

How a Preschooler and a Turkey Wrap Led to Pink and Purple Hair…

It started with a turkey wrap… A few months ago, Edison requested a turkey wrap for lunch. I am not sure where my preschooler heard about turkey wraps, but it seemed healthy enough and we happened to have turkey and tortillas, so whatever. On the way home from school, I asked him if he liked his lunch and he said he liked the turkey wrap but did not want to have them at school any more. Apparently,  when he pulled it out of his lunch, a kid said “eeeeeew!” Inside, I was livid. How dare some kid make fun of…

Preschool Money Game with Printable Money Worksheets

At some point, I will write an article regarding how important financial education is for children. But, before a preschooler can learn about how money really works (avoid buying on credit, earn interest, etc.), he first has to have a basic understanding of currency. What is a dollar? How many pennies are there in a nickel? I am sure they are out there, but I put together some money worksheets to help my preschooler learn the basics. They are very simple, just real-size pictures of coins and what coin they equal. At this stage, I don’t cover every coin combination,…