Halloween-Themed Books For Kids

Halloween-Themed Books For Kids

As Halloween approaches, get into the spirit sooner by diving into a great book. Kids who are eager for the 31st to arrive can get a jumpstart on the holiday by flipping through the pages of a Halloween-themed book. From pumpkins to costumes to ghosts and goblins, these kid-friendly books will make the season a little bit spookier. Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton Pookie is an adorable pig who’s not quite sure what to dress up as for Halloween. With cute illustrations and lots of laughs, kids will read Spooky Pookie from cover to cover. Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson A witch is flying through the sky with her kitty cat when her stuff blows away. Some friendly animals find her stuff and hope to take a broomstick ride as a reward. What happens next? Room On The Broom will keep kids on their toes. Peek-a-Boooo! by Sandra Magsamen Little ones who love to see and touch will enjoy the multi-sensory experience Peek-a-Boooo! has to offer. The pages have mirrors so kids can see themselves in various costumes, setting the tone for a terrific Halloween. Arthur’s Halloween: An Arthur Adventure by Marc Brown When Arthur and his sister are off trick-or-treating, she finds herself inside a spooky house. Arthur musters up the confidence to go in to get her out. Arthur’s Halloween: An Arthur Adventure is a suspenseful story, perfect for the spirit of the season. Have a Happy Halloween! Reading these books will make the festivities even more fun. Do your kids have Halloween-themed books they like to read? Share the titles in the comments. For...
Practice Participation

Practice Participation

Some children are reluctant to speak up in class. Even if they understand the lessons and know the answers, participating makes them fearful. Be it because they’re shy or worried about what others might think, the idea of having all eyes on them is dreadful. Even when the other students do their share, kids who refrain from participating aren’t inspired enough by their peers to follow suit. There are teachers who require that every child chimes in, but some only select from the ones who raise their hands and actively contribute. The silent students are more like bystanders who do learn, but they’re not getting as much as they can out of each lesson. Parents can help their children feel more confident and comfortable by practicing at home. It may take some time getting used to, but before long, these kids will be a regular part of the classroom activities. Your encouragement will boost their self-esteem, and the stronger your child becomes, the more they’ll shine like the stellar student they know they are inside. Here are some ways you can help your child come out of their shell and stand out. Read books out loud together Practice spelling Introduce them to new people Join after-school clubs and teams Volunteer Call family friends and relatives Record family activities Put on puppet shows Do family singalongs Host a neighborhood potluck dinner or picnic Form a kids’ book club Enter a talent show While you’re out doing errands, suggest your child ask questions and make requests to store clerks and cashiers Simply do things that help get your child to step...
Little Ways To Show You Care

Little Ways To Show You Care

We all obviously love our kids unconditionally. Saying the words straight to them rolls naturally off our tongues. We kiss and hug them, tuck them in at night, and provide a strong and soft shoulder to cry on. These demonstrations of love come second nature, and children find comfort in knowing we’re there for them through the good, bad, and in-between. Along with the usual displays of our adoration, there are the subtle ways we can confirm our everlasting love for our children. There is no need for grand gestures when the most genuine acts are so substantial. Kids don’t require a lot to know they are loved. Purity and simplicity can be just as moving as monumental moments. Here are some little ways to show you care. You’ll know you’ve made a difference when you see their eyes sparkle and smiles from ear to ear. Some Quick Thoughts Leave a sweet or silly note in their lunch box Share a secret you’ve never told a soul Steal a squeeze when they least expect it Cuddle up on the couch on a cold afternoon Make pancakes (at least once a week) instead of serving cold cereal Give them a small gift for no reason at all Compliment them on something they’ve been struggling with Remind them why they’re unique Give them five reasons why they are a good friend Sing along to their favorite song Do an impromptu dance party after supper Sneak into their room while they’re pretending to sleep and whisper something loving in their ear See, it’s the small things kids will remember when they look...
Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

October brings the fun of fall. There’s pumpkin picking, jumping into piles of leaves, pie making, and we’re back to a warmer wardrobe. Perhaps the thing kids look forward to the most is Halloween. As soon as we flip the calendar page to October, thoughts of trick-or-treating, costumes, parties, and decorations come to children’s minds. Of course, parents don’t condone gorging on sugary treats all the time, but on this one day of the year, most moms and dads loosen up and let the kids have at it. With so many mini chocolate bars and other crave-worthy confections, it’s too hard not to let the kids dig in. And plenty of parents rummage through their kids’ sacks seeking their favorite treats. Shhh…don’t tell the kids! Some Ideas… This year bring out the joy of Halloween by going all out. How about doing a collaborative costume theme for the entire family? You can decorate the inside and outside of the house to get that “haunted” spirit that makes Halloween stand out. It would be fun to throw a party and invite the kids from school to come by for games and snacks. Of course, trick-or-treating is a thrill as the kids go door-to-door and hope each house is well-stocked with candy to hand out. If your child’s school allows for dress-up, perhaps you can have two costumes this year – one for school and one for trick-or-treating. This would be exiting for the kids who aren’t sure which one to pick. Pack them a Halloween-themed lunch by using a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to turn their sandwich into a work of...
Miri Michel

Miri Michel

My name is Miri Michel.  I was born and raised in Israel and migrated to the states in my preteen years. I have been living in New York ever since. My better half is Michael and we are parents to 7 children. Yes, 7 crazy, amazing children. Raquel, Lia, Hillel, Harel, Ari, Adele, and Yosef. My children are my biggest teachers and simulators in this thing called life. I hold a dual degree in early childhood education and education with special needs. I have been in the educational field for over 15 years part of which I’ve worked as a SEIT and classroom teacher.  I currently hold a position as a FCC educational coordinator at AMC. I’m excited to be working with AMC and looking forward to continued learning and growth in the field of...
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