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                                          How to Create a Boo Basket for Halloween Do you do Boo Baskets for your littles? I saw this idea last year and thought I needed to give it a try! * This post contains affiliate links to some of the products that I use and love. This means that if you shop directly through the links, your purchase supports my blog at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!   Anytime in October is a great time to give a Boo Basket. I plan to surprise my little ones with their Boo Baskets on October 1. I love the excitement that these baskets bring. It's a perfect way to spread Halloween cheer. Celebrating the holidays with my little ones is one of my favorite things. I will be sharing more of the Boo Baskets on my Instagram ( @marrisalutz ) you can follow along on the fun in my stories. I'll be sure to save a Boo Basket highlight.  Boo Baskets are what you make them. They do NOT need to be over the top, unless that is what you want. We live

Reading to Your Little One: Imagination Library

Reading to Your Little One: Imagination Library

Everyone can agree that reading to your child is important. Not only can reading help your child develop important skills, but it is essential for many reasons. Here are a few; reading exposes your child to different visuals, it is preparation for helping them read on their own, reading can be a great time to bond with your child,  it shows them reading is fun, children that are read to have a larger vocabulary, as well as more advanced mathematical skills, than other non-readers their age, and reading introduces emotions. These are just a few examples on why reading to your child is so crucial!

When I was teaching kindergarten I could tell which of my students were read to and which were not. The ones that were read to had a greater vocabulary, longer attention spans, were more thoughtful, and asked more questions. You would be amazed at how many of my students did not know how to handle a book. And I'm not just referring to taking care of a book, but knowing where to start reading. Some of them would have the book upside down and start from the back cover of the book. A few would act like they had never read a book before. As a lover of books and childhood education, that makes me incredibly sad. 

I know some children do not have access to books. Now a days there are so many great options so that every child can read and be read to. If you are looking for more options or know someone that needs options here are some ideas. Checkout your local library. Not only do they have a variety of books, but there are so many programs offered. At least this is the case at our library. Also, Dolly Parton has a program called Imagination Library, which sends a free book to your child every month from birth to 5 years old. This can help start a home library. I signed my daughter up for this program and we have received three books so far. The books are good quality and my daughter enjoys looking at the pictures. Her favorite was Baby! Talk!, she enjoys looking at the pictures of babies. 

We make reading part of our everyday life. Maci has access to books throughout the day and I will read to her throughout the day. Reading is also part of Maci's bedtime routine. My husband and/or I would read her a few of her picture books while I nursed her. After a while we realized at this point she can't follow the story yet and this is just exposure. So we started reading books that we enjoy. We finished  Roald Dahl's book, Flying Solo. Now we are almost finished with Betty Smith's, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. 

Find the books you and your child like to read. Books can be great presents too. I hope this information was helpful. Feel free to leave book suggestions and/or comments below.

Happy reading!



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