Friday, January 25, 2013

Review of Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson

 Review of Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson

I received the book Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson courtesy of Tyndale Blog Network.  This was a great book for me to read as I have two young daughters and another on the way.  In this book Dobson uses a research based approach to educate parents on how to raise their daughters.  I think he did a good job sharing information that most parents should know and understand about girls and young women.  I could relate to many of ideas presented in the book.  This is a good book for parents who want better insight on how to connect and understand their daughters better.  I would caution that if you want a book that has many Biblical references this is not the book.  As I stated earlier Dobson supports most of his advice with research and studies.  I agree with much of what Dobson has to say, but as with many authors I do not agree one-hundred percent of his advice.  I was especially frustrated with a question he answered in the book.  The question states that their daughter is a “people pleaser” and asks for advice.  He states that the parent should do nothing about it.  I completely disagree with his advice and am even appalled that he would make this argument.  As a Christian I know that God calls us to be a God pleaser not a people pleaser.  A child who is a people pleaser will fall prey to peer pressure and will also struggle in their obedience with God.  While I don’t want to discredit the rest of the book because I disagree with one thing he has written,  I would caution readers to carefully reflect on what Dr. Dobson has to say and if you are Christian make sure it aligns with what the Bible has to say.   

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. For more information about this program please go here. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter Math Unit

Winter Math Unit
I created a Winter Math Unit for Kindergarten for Little Sweets.

 This unit is filled with 34 pages of fun, winter, math activities. The activities in this unit include;
-Counting by ones, twos, fives, and tens puzzles
-Counting by twos and counting by fives connect the dots pages
-Winter Ordinal Number Sheet
-Penguin Graph
-Snowflake Size Sequence
-Snowflake Addition Cards
-Winter Pattern Activity
-Snowflake Tally Activity
-Snowflake Numerical Order Activity
-Greater Than and Less Than Comparison Game
-Snowman Math Mat with Buttons and Story Problems

You can download this packet here for $3.95

Winter Activities
Little Sweets 4 1/2
Little Peanut 23 months

 Tongs and Cotton Balls

Little Peanut used tongs to pick up cotton balls and place them in snowman shaped ice cube trays.
Winter Sensory Bin

Snowball Sight Word Game
Little Sweets throws a snowball (crunched up piece of paper) at the words.  She reads the words she hits.

Sequencing Activity

Pattern Block  Activity

Little Sweets read the number as she covered it up the shape with the pattern block.  I printed the pattern sheet from the prekinders website.

Little Sweets drew a picture of playing in the snow with daddy.  She is on a sled and wrote, "Dad is plig me. (Dad is pulling me.)

Math Activities from the Winter Math Unit I created
You can download my mini Winter Math Unit for free here.

Adding Snowflakes

Counting by 5's Puzzle

Counting by 5's Dot to Dot