Does your child HATE to read?

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Would your child rather empty the dishwasher or clean their room instead of reading a book? Gasp! Actually this is quite normal, and don’t worry because you are NOT alone. This could be happening for many reasons, the most common being that they are feeling a little insecure about their reading skills. So how can you get them interested in reading more at home?

When the parents of my third graders came to me with this very same question last year, I put together a few easy steps to assist them. Hopefully they will have your child excited to read as well!

Step 1- Read with your child. This seems like a no-brainer right? Well not necessarily. We ALL get busy and as a parent you juggle many tasks. It’s sometimes difficult to make time.  However, there’s always a few spare moments to read. Just find 20  minutes, but it’s important to be consistent because after awhile they will really look forward to it.

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Remember consistency is key! When you have your reading “date” ask your child to read out loud in addition to you reading to them. You’ll know better where they are getting stuck. Kids often avoid reading because they think they’re not good at it. Don’t let them become frustrated and provide plenty of support and love. Remind them that you didn’t know a lot of words when you were young either.

Step 2- Make reading fun. It’s easy for children to forget that reading is an enjoyable experience and NOT a punishment. It activates their imaginations and can take them anywhere in the world and beyond!  Select books that are fun/easy reads at first. Let them have a hand in helping you select a book that THEY love. Just like you, your child has unique tastes! Try an author who ends each chapter with a white-knuckled cliffhanger, that helps a lot. Kids also LOVE to laugh, so silly books are always a plus! Don’t know what book is the best for your child’s age or reading level? Just ask a librarian!

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Step 3- Try to only let them read that book in your sessions. Make it special and use the cliffhanger to get them excited for the next session. Encourage a similar themed separate book to read outside the reading sessions if they are catching the reading bug. If you can, relate to the book. Figure out how your child’s life or those he/she knows relates to the characters and talk about what you read. This helps critical thinking and makes it more enjoyable.

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Step 4- Diversify your environment. If you can, try to read somewhere a little bit different a few times a month and get out of the house. Take a blanket outside, visit a quaint coffee shop, or go to the library for a change of scenery. OR if you are staying in help transform a small section of your child’s room into a reading paradise with the ideas below!

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So I bet you want to know, is this expensive? It’s definitely not.

Can you REALLY make this? ABSOLUTELY!

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***Click here for full directions***

Now this one is just plain amazing and totally do-able. A no sew teepee!

Surprisingly simple directions and inexpensive to make!

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***Click here for full directions***

To get them even more excited to read why not make some bookmarks together?

Kids LOVE these, and it really helps them take ownership of what they are reading : )

How awesome are these monsters?

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***Click for full and simple directions***

Make this yarn bookmark for yourself or for older children that want a more sophisticated look.

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Or print up one or all of these awesome motivational bookmarks! Perfect for ANY reader and absolutely adorable!

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***Ciick here for printing*** Thank you craftionary.net for making these!

Remember, if you can show your child that reading is exciting, they will love it too!

Hope these tips have been helpful and that you have a wonderful week : )

Happy reading!

Spring has SPRUNG!

Spring is finally here, yay!

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Who doesn’t love spring, and after this winter we really NEED it! When we start to see those buds magically appear over night I think everyone silently breaks into their happy dance. It means warmer weather is here, and summer is just around the corner.

To many, spring is also that chance to accomplish the goals they put off all winter. Hey, it happens to all of us!

There is no better time than now to do some great projects with your classroom, your children, a niece or nephew, or even just for yourself. Little do it yourself projects are very satisfying, inexpensive, and exciting. The tough part is setting aside sometime to just enjoy this season. We know you can do it!

Why buy a kite, when you can make one yourself for those windy spring days.

The mom of this blog had the same thought!

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Full directions and cute pictures here: http://buggyandbuddy.com/make-kite/

With spring the sky is the limit, with everything from paper boats, to weather, to planting herbs, to cute little ducks. If you’re anything like us, we love pinterest and seeing what other educators and parents are up to.

So we here at Kaymbu made a board filled with easy spring projects you could do at home with your little ones, or right inside the classroom! Come check out these great ideas : )

https://www.pinterest.com/kaymbuinc/springtime-activities/

Like this this cherry blossom tree using a recycled soda bottle, how clever!

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Project credit from Alpha mom, thanks!

Full directions here: http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/cherry-blossom-art-from-a-recycled-soda-bottle/

Now that you’ve made all those great projects, take a break and read some books about spring under a shady tree.

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This collection was put together by Amy Broadmoore over at Delightful Children’s Books and it’s fantastic.

Discover the list here: http://delightfulchildrensbooks.com/2012/03/09/spring-2/

Amy takes the time to tell what each book is about and what makes it special, so it’s definitely worth a look.

Have a great time completing your projects and enjoying this beautiful season.

Happy spring everyone!

Simple and Lovely Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

This Sunday, May 10th we celebrate mothers everywhere!

George Washington once said…

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

It’s easy to see that mom’s are pretty special people.

I can imagine that some mom’s out there STILL have all the mother’s day presents they ever received. I bet you occasionally run across one saved away in a box and and ask your mom why she doesn’t just throw it away. To that she replies “NEVER!” Moms treasure the things we do and make that show we love them.

There are so many things from making cards, to a homemade necklace that you can do to say “Hey mom, I like you a lot. …And thanks for not getting mad when I cut my own hair, spilled countless items on the floor, colored in all your books to make them pretty, making you stay home with me when I didn’t feel good, for leaving the night light on, for reading to me even when you were exhausted, for giving me the best advice (that sometimes I should have listened to better), and for loving me (that’s the best one).”

So for all those teachers, dad’s, aunts, cousins, or anyone out there that wants to make a mom they know feel a little more special, check out these awesome ideas that we pinned!

https://www.pinterest.com/kaymbuinc/mothers-day-crafts/

I’ve also categorized a few for you to check out!

FREE Printable Love You Hand Stamp (Easy- great for teachers or to do at home with younger children that is super simple! Just print the image and stamp away! You have the option to frame it or not.)

CUTE Love U Hand Print Gift Idea

Full directions here http://lilluna.com/love-u-hand-prints-gift/

Mason Jar Flower Photo Holder (Medium- much better to do with older children or definitely do-able if you have more than one adult to help with your class, but this is GREAT! You could use ANY jar you want it doesn’t have to be a mason jar. Then just add a few flowers either real or some silk ones from a craft store to make it even more beautiful)

How to make a mason jar vase and frame

Full instructions here http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/crafts/mason-jar-picture-frame-vase.html

Mosaic Mom (Harder-in the sense that a little more time is required for prep and clean up. To stay organized my tip is to keep the beads in tupperware containers, or beads will find themselves all over the place. You can use up all those old beads or shiny pieces you have lying around!)

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Full directions here http://www.theartannex.com/2011/12/m-is-for-mosaic-mom-gift.html

We hope these ideas have helped inspire you to create some great things for Mother’s Day, and to mom’s everywhere thank you for all that you do!