Mama Mouse and her adorable babies are back in Leea Baltes’ wonderful picture book, A Christmas Star.
This is cuteness overload with a message, y’all.
Little Jack Mouse makes a shiny foil star that is perfect for a Christmas tree, but the family has to visit Nana before they get their tree. Nana is sick and needs some soup, so the Mouse family bundle up and try to get to her before the snow comes. Jack ties a string to his Christmas star and takes it outside to see it sparkle in the sunlight, but the snow storm is moving in, and a fierce wind blows it into the branches of the the Mouses’ tree home.
Your child will thrill over how Jack’s Christmas star helps the family find their way home in the storm. And believe me, Christmas stars will have to be made.
Don’t worry. I got you.
We don’t have to wait for college to start expanding our children’s minds–we’re homeschoolers!
Great literature should not only be a large part of your child’s high school years, it can even walk him through history. Which helps with teaching that stuff.
Connecting stories to lessons is my favorite. Creating a lit curriculum that coincides with my boys’ history lessons is easy and helps them visualize the things they’re learning about.
It also gives us plenty of opportunities to discuss important matters throughout history and how they affect where we are today.
Halloween can be hard on a mama. How do you decide what’s safe to do and how to celebrate with your kids in a wholesome, fun way without doing background checks on all your neighbors?
Because Halloween should be magical for kids. They get to dress up and for a few hours be someone (or something) else. My boys have been scarecrows, Pokemon cards, ghosts, zombies, pirates, even Jason Vorhees. Even after we started celebrating at home with a family party, they still dressed up in costumes. My youngest, who is now 13, still dons his zombie makeup every year.
Because that stuff is fun.
“Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of you just exactly the way you are?”
What a brilliant message for kids. Heck, when Oprah pronounced those words to Meg, it made me shiver and be proud to be me.
A Wrinkle in Time is a gorgeous, magical movie that reminds us of the power of love and the strength of being a sibling.
So you want to watch it with your kids.