Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart by Jim and Lynne Jackson Book Review and Giveaway!

Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart by Jim and Lynne Jackson is a unique approach to parenting that focuses on connection with discipline.  "As parents become calmer grounded in peace and purpose, they become far better positioned to influence their children toward wiser responses and decisions."  But how do parents do this?  The Jacksons have developed a framework that focuses on four Biblical principles that help parents connect to their children's hearts during discipline.  There are four actions and four messages.  First, build the Foundation with the message "You are SAFE with me."  Second, Connect to your child with "You are LOVED no matter what."  Third, Coach your child with "You are CALLED and CAPABLE." And lastly, Correct with "You are RESPONSIBLE for your actions." The authors have developed this diagram from their own experience as parents and have shared them as parent educators.  These beautiful messages are the focus of this book.  Each section of Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart explores each of these messages.  These ideas are revolutionary in making positive and lasting changes in family life.  There are lots of practical stories and examples that present the information in a relevant way.  Throughout the chapters there is a section titled My Response with several questions for reflection.  These questions are helpful in uncovering some of the problems parents may be experiencing.  And the book ends with an extensive Appendix for Wisdom for Special Challenges like chores, poor listening, morning and bedtime routines, defiance, lying and many more subjects. This book is an excellent tool for parents to use and apply to help family life become what they desire. 

I discovered Jim and Lynne Jackson a few years ago listening to a podcast where they were guests.  I was absolutely enthralled with their message.  It gave me hope and peace in the midst of my feelings of failure as a parent on those often rough days.  I was so excited to finally find something that made sense to me and gave me proactive steps toward creating the family life I long for. What resonated with me most was providing the foundation of connection before making the correction the focus in my discipline.   I was thrilled to be able to read their book and find real and lasting ways to apply what I'm learning.  Jim and Lynne have a heart for parents and kids and connected families and they truly have delivered a book that will be a strong voice for many parents.  I am honored to share this book with you. 

Be sure to check out the model of the 4 messages:

Bio of Jim and Lynne Jackson
Since 1993 co-founders Jim & Lynne Jackson have worked in the trenches with parents of all kinds – single parents, adoptive parents, parents of teens, parents of kids with intense behavior challenges, parents in blended families, parents of wealth and parents in poverty, and any other kind of parent you can think of. Jim & Lynne and their growing team are committed to bringing you content that will challenge, encourage, and equip you to be the thoughtful and confident parent you long to be.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*
And I've very happy to have a giveaway for this amazing book!
Click the link below to be entered to win a copy a Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart:
Giveaway ends Sunday, September 25.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

All About Learning Press- Pre-Reading Level for Preschool

This year my 4 year old daughter started the Pre-Reading Program through All About Learning Press.  She already knew her letters and sounds, but I really wanted to make sure she had a good foundation before we started introducing her to more formal reading. 
This program does not just teach letter names and sounds, it also teaches 5 important skills called The Big Five Skills.  These are print awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, listening comprehension and motivation to read.  These skills include rhyming, counting words in sentences, syllables and more.  The best thing is they are all taught within a game format using a fun puppet who is named Ziggy the Zebra!


My daughter looked forward to All About Reading time everyday.
We started by singing the alphabet chart, then we did a letter activity and played our special game with Ziggy.  When all done she put a sticker on her chart and had a craft page to share with daddy at dinner.
Here's a video of my daughter singing the ABC song:

The first 26 lessons focus on Capital letters, the next 26 lessons focus on Lowercase letters and the last 26 lessons focus on the sounds of the letters.  There are flashcards, craft pages with coloring, cutting, gluing and painting and activity sheets. 
The teaching touches each learning style for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
My daughter is solidifying her reading skills in so many ways.
She has gained confidence in knowing each letter and the sounds. 
She has also started sounding out CVC words.
We also started this great new free program online called Reading Bear.
My daughter just turned 5 and she is excited to start All About Reading Level 1 in the Fall!
If you are not sure what level your child should use, be sure to access the free placement tests for your child.  And there is always a review at the beginning of each book. 

Don't forget to pick up your FREE ABC Summer Snacks Cookbook.  It's so fun to connect language and food!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Kid Made This Challenge (Kids Cook Real Food)

We had a great start to our summer learning to cook with Kids Cook Real Food ecourse.  We have only been able to do two lessons so far which I have shared about here on my blog:

Lesson 1: Spreading and Peeling

Lesson 2: Dull Knife Slicing

If you want to get the FREE knife skills class, be sure to sign up for the #mykidmadethis challenge. 

Then registration will be open for the Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse from August 17-24.  Don't miss out!  But be sure to sign up for the challenge below so you won't miss the registration for the ecourse coming up!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hal Leonard's Piano For Kids by Jennifer Linn Book Review

Hal Leonard's Piano for Kids is a beginner's guide step by step instruction for piano by Jennifer Linn.  This book has piano study materials and an access code for audio tracks to the songs in the book. 

The book begins with introducing different types of pianos, how to sit, good hand position, fingering and the keyboard.  The first lesson is about rhythm and introducing quarter notes and rests and then half notes.  The next lessons start teaching the notes by letters.  There are pictures of the keyboard and step by step instructions on how to play the lesson.  Some of the music is classical, some from Disney movies and other favorites kids may know.  And with each lesson there is a downloadable audio track available to play along with during the lesson. 

I think this would be a great first book for a new pianist who is able to read and  can follow written instructions.   This is ideal for a parent and child to do together as well.  I was really pleased to see so many familiar tunes and I was surprised to see a favorite that I learned by ear called "Heart and Soul."  I think kids will really enjoy the energy and simple ways this book teaches piano.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waldmania for review.  All opinions are my own.* 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Grapevine Studies Bible Heroes Bundle Sale + FREE elesson Joseph: The Early Years

Bible Heroes Bundle
This month's Grapevine Studies special is Bible Heroes Bundle.  This features Joseph, Moses, Ruth and Esther.  Get 20% off!
These studies have two options for level- Traceable and Multilevel.  The Traceable is good for preschool and Multilevel works for school age and up.   Both of these levels are available with the bundle.  The teacher manual works for both levels as well.

You can also choose print or ebook.
The FREE elesson for this month is Joseph: The Early Years.
eLesson  Joseph eLesson cover
We did the Resurrection lesson in the Spring and my kids really enjoyed the format.

How does Grapevine Studies work?
*Read a passage of Scripture
*Draw a stick figure picture
*Look up words in a Bible dictionary
*Memorize a Bible verse
*Review questions

Simple, yet effective! 

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse Class 2: Dull Knife Slicing

This week we learned how to use dull knives to slice bananas and cantaloupe.
First we watched a really good video about Safe Knife Skills.
This video was helpful even though we weren't using really sharp knives because it's so good to build the foundation of good knife skills with any kind of knife. 

There are different ways to hold the food while cutting and my son did a very good job.

We made fruit pizza! 

It was yummy!
Be sure to catch the next open enrollment coming in the Fall for Kids Cook Real Food.
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This has been a fun adventure for us and my kids always look forward to cooking class!
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse Lesson 1: Spreading and Peeling (Beginner)

We had our first Kids Cook Real Food Cooking Class on Tuesday!
We learned about spreading and peeling.

First we watched the All Kid video at breakfast to prepare for the class to come later in the day.
I set up the table with the necessary supplies.
Kids put on their aprons and washed their hands.
We reviewed the "rules."
Then we started watching the teaching video.
Mrs. Kimball showed us how to do spreading for butter on bread and peanut butter in celery.
She has some fun words and ways to show us these techniques.
We also learned a Daily Nugget to help us remember a nutrition fact.
During the video we paused at various points to do our own work.

Spreading butter on bread.  He thought this was easy.

Spreading peanut butter in celery for ants on a log.

Peeling carrots.

A peeled cucumber.

All done!  A yummy snack built to enjoy.

will be offered again in the Fall.
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We'll be sharing more about our cooking adventures and the great ecourse that is helping us.
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