Number Matching Game {with FREE Printable}

Number Matching

We’ve been having so much fun counting to 10 with the Counting Mouse Rocks. My daughter holds them by the tails and walks around with them. My son gets a kick out of sliding them down the paper towel roll snake into a bucket as we read Mouse Count.

Mouse Count is such a great book for your kiddo’s first Book Box activity! Sometimes, it is really hard for me to get my son to sit still for story time (he loves to always be moving). So, having story time be interactive is perfect! He sat through the entire story; because, there was an activity to do with it. The bonus is: since there is playing involved, he remembers the story better and can retell the story to me!

It’s really cute hearing him tell me the story. And he wants to do it over and over again! #momwin

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Count to 10 with Counting Mouse Rocks + DIY Video

Mouse Rocks

My kids love when I tell them a story, especially when it’s their favorite story. Sometimes, my son will tell me his own version during story time. It’s really awesome to see how much he remembers!

He doesn’t know how to read yet (that will come with practice); but, he asks to hold the book to flip through the pages and tell me the story.

Story time is special at our house. I try to carve out a good 30 minutes for that everyday. Sometimes that 30 minutes is broken up into two 15-minute story times.

Why is Story Time Important

Story time is important for your child’s imagination. It helps your child picture places and things and people. It helps them develop language and listening skills and later understand written words. Reading also develops a closer relationship between you and your child.

Read: 10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

You can make story time even more special by adding activities that go along with the story or having a Book Box with items that help them retell the story to you.

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How to Teach the ABCs {Resources + the Letter A}

teach the ABCs

I have had several mamas ask me how I teach my kiddos the ABCs. So, I’d thought I do a post on what I use and do to teach them.

Teaching the ABCs can be so fun. It brings out my inner child for sure! I get really into the crafts! I like to get creative and make it super fun for my kiddos. Sure, I can sit there and show them flashcards over and over (which is awesome, if that works for your kids). But, my kiddos get really bored easily. And in all candidness, that would bore me; and, I would rush through it.

**I do have flash cards (they come in handy for reviewing letters). I pick out the letters that we have already learned and ask my son what each letter is to make certain he still knows them.

I do what works for my family. And that is exactly what you should do too! What works for me, may not work for you. So, try a few of the things and add or subtract to it as you need.

Resources to Teach Your Kids the ABCs

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A Kiss a Day Keeps Worry Away

how to get rid of worry - bible study

My son comes up to me with scrapes and bruises almost daily.  Sometimes, he’s crying for me to give them a kiss. Sometimes, he just wants to show me his ow-ies like it’s a prize he just won.

But, when it’s the scrapes and bruises that hurt, he comes straight to me with out-stretched arms wanting the comfort of his mama.

I try not to react saying, “Oh my goodness! Are you okay? That looks like it hurts.” He’s coming to me for comfort. So, if I react in a way that reinforces his discomfort, he is going to continue to cry (and possibly cry about it throughout the day).

So, instead I give him a hug and ask what happened. He tells me his story through his tears. When he’s done, I give him a kiss on his cheek and tell him, “Son, you are so brave and strong. Let’s clean your ow-ie. It’ll still hurt for only a little bit; but, then it won’t bother you anymore.” And he goes on his merry way playing again like nothing happened.

Why? Because, “worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word lifts a person up,” (Proverbs 12:25). I try to encourage my son in any situation (good or bad). Every moment is a teachable moment. After all, my son is in my life to learn about life and become who he was born to be.

Isn’t this how my relationship is suppose to be with God? Oh yes, yes and yes.

Every worry. Every hurt. Every happy moment. I should run to my father with open arms and share it with him.

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I AM a MOM {Making Motherhood Important}

I am a mom

“Oh, I’m just a mom,” is usually what I say when someone asks me what I do for a living. Then, the conversation gets a little awkward after that and we quickly try to change the subject. But, why? It doesn’t need to be that way.

We went to our favorite restaurant for breakfast this weekend and my husband asked a young guy handing us water, “are you our waiter?” He replied, “No. I’m just a busboy. ”

I was so quick to correct him: “You are not just a busboy. You are a busboy.”He smiled from ear to ear.

This made me think, “Why am I so quick to correct him about what he does; but, when it comes to myself, I’m just a mom?”

“I’m just a Mom,” makes motherhood not important

When I tell someone that I’m just a mom, I’m telling her that it’s not important. All the things I do daily (making breakfast, refereeing a fight over a toy, giving hugs and kisses, reading stories, teaching my kids about life, etc.) become not important. So, if she isn’t a mom and maybe has been considering becoming one, I might be giving her some doubt.

I need to change my answer. We all do.

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