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Back to School Jitters Books

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BACK TO SCHOOL JITTER BOOKS It's the most wonderful time of the year!  That's right - our kids are GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!  Phew!  Summer flew by and yet at the same time some days simply crawled with my kindergartener rolling at my feet complaining of boredom. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, that crispness in the air, the back of your kid's head as they walk into school = bliss. Okay, it's not totally bliss.  I can't believe my son is actually now in kindergarten (or senior kindergarten here in Ontario) and I can't [...]

What My Kids Are Reading This Week: Moon Landing!

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With the recent anniversary of the moon landing, both my kids have become super interested in space and especially the moon.  Here are the books we've been reading these past few weeks: Moon: Earth's Best Friend by Stacey McAnulty with pictures by Stevie Lewis So far there are three books in this series about the Earth, the Sun and this one, the Moon. It's told from the point of view of the moon who is Earth's best friend.  She explains to [...]

Leslieville Playground Crawl

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LESLIEVILLE PLAYGROUND CRAWL Playground fun!  Leslieville is full of wonderful playgrounds and even better food & coffee for you. Remember when you were in your 20's and perhaps did a pub crawl or two?  Stopping at various drinking establishments, grabbing $1 pizza along the way and stumbling home? Well this is basically the same except it's during the day - the morning to be precise (that time of day when you used to sleep off a hang over from said pub crawl), you drink coffee instead of alcohol, and the $1 pizza is [...]

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I've started having 'theme' months when it comes to reading with a focus on countries around the world. Really, it's just an excuse to get the kids excited to go to restaurants that I want to eat in. This month we went to Japan with these books: Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth with pictures by Priscilla Burris Oh how we all love Natsumi. This little firecracker of a girl just can't quite find a hobby that fits with her energetic nature.  She always [...]

What My Kids Are Reading This Week Before Bed

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Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! by Mo Willems Alice loves loves loves this book - we read it before bed every night.  Sheep the Sheep checks on all her friends to make sure they are getting ready for bed. Pig the Pig is in the bath, Horse the Horse is on the potty, and poor Owl the Owl is getting ready to not go to sleep. It's Mo Willems. That's all you really need to know to convince you to go get this book. [...]

What My Kids Are Reading this Week:

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What George Forgot by Kathy Wolff with pictures by Richard Byrne Is it any wonder why my son loves this book? It reminds me very much of another favourite, Barnaby Never Forgets - my kids love how silly these books are. George just knows he's forgetting something, but what?   We love the page where he hasn't forgotten to use yogurt to stick whiskers on his sister's face. I'm waiting for the day my own George tries this on Alice. [...]

A Pirate’s Life

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YO HO YO HO! A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME! A Pirate Life This is not a playground per se but it's a fantastic experience for your kids we discovered last summer. For about an hour and a half - you and your family are completely turned into pirates.  This is an immersive theatre experience which means you are all part of the play. All of the 'pirates' are actors who even answer the phone [...]

What My Kids Are Reading This Week:

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Summer is HERE! And we are in Prince Edward Island - one of the most beautiful places in Canada.  Days at the beach, exploring lighthouses and eating ice cream to our heart's content. These are some of the books we've brought with us: Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Adam Rex Have you met Chu before?  He has a pretty EPIC sneeze. In this book, he is at the beach with his parents when the bright sun triggers [...]