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    How to teach your child to love reading

    My children’s literacy development is a topic that is important to me. First, I love reading and I would like to share my love of books with my children. Second, as we are a bilingual family, I have to make sure the children get enough input in both German and French and reading children books is great for this. This is all the more important for us as we have to deal with speech delay too. I am looking for ways to make the children read more books. Here are some ideas to develop the love of reading in your family. Read out loud to the children This is very…

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    January goals

    I have only one good resolution for 2020 and this is to resume writing down my monthly goals every month. I kind of drop this habit lately but I noticed that this is the best way for me to work on my goals consistently. Yearly goals are must of the time too big and it is difficult to follow through. Daily goals do not work that good for me either because they lack perspective. Monthly goals are just best for me. My January goals Finish the last course of the IBM data science track on Coursera read at least 2 books bake a Twelfth Night Cake with my daughter read…

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    Happy new year!

    2019 is ending soon and a new year is beginning. I wish you all a very happy new year! Happy new year! Here are a few quotes to start the new year: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – Shakespeare “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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    My Christmas bucket list

    Christmas is coming. Unfortunately, the whole family is facing a bad cold and we are sneezing and coughing a lot. However, we are very excited about Christmas and already started Christmas related activities. Here is my Christmas bucket list, a small list of things we have done or plan to do. Bake Christmas cookies: done! We even baked twice, once only with the children and the second time with a friend of my daughter that we had invited. Decorate the Christmas tree: done! Bake Lebkuchen (German gingerbread cookies): we want to do that on Saturday Bake a French bûche au chocolat (French Christmas cake): planned for Christmas day Prepare a…

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    Cultural differences and nursery school

    My son began nursery school this week. At first, he was a little disappointed because I had told him there would be lots of toys and actually, the nursery school has gone minimalist for three weeks already. This means there are no toys at all until the end of the minimalist experiment next week. Eventually, he is loving going there though. I am really glad to see he is happy there.  My son is going to a typical German nursery school whereas my daughter had gone to the French-German nursery school. I found it interesting to see how different both nursery schools could be. Strangely enough, the younger the children…

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    Our favorite toys this Summer

    As this Summer has been particularly hot until now, the boys have spent much time in water. We just run some water (not too much!) in the bathtub and we let them play with their bath toys. We recently bought new bath toys that the children particularly love but there are other favorite toys with which the children currently play a lot. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Our favorite toys We are happy we bought these new bath toys because the children had a lot of fun with them. Even my daughter, who is seven, loved playing with them in the bathtub.…

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    One year of blogging

    A few days ago, I received a message from WordPress: “Happy Anniversary with wordpress.com”. Shortly after, WordPress congratulated me for receiving 50 likes and 20 follows on the blog. It made me happy to see that I managed to keep blogging one year long. It has been a long time and I learned a lot. It was not always easy to get motivated to write and I have had moments of doubt during this year of blogging but now I am glad I did not give up. My results since June 2018: one year of blogging During the first months of my blogging journey, traffic was very low. During the…

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    Why aquaristics is the perfect hobby for your family

    Aquaristics is a very comprehensive hobby which can please your whole family. Little children love feeding the fishes and even small babies love watching fishes swimming in the aquarium. As a friend of ours would say, an aquarium is the perfect baby-tv. Teenagers and adults can learn a lot about science and technology when setting up an aquarium. An aquarium can also be a perfect hobby for artistic people who like living in a beautiful environment. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Setting up an aquarium If you want to buy an aquarium, you do not have to buy immediately a 500 L…

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    Easy activities that my children love

    Proposing interesting activities for children is not always easy. There are days when they won’t want to draw or read a book as you had planned and just ask for the television. However, there are some activities that they are nearly always eager to do. Here is our list of easy activities that my children love. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. 1) Cooking and baking (and decorate muffins!) This is the most popular activity at home. My children love being in the kitchen. Sure, the kitchen does not look pretty afterwards. But the children really have fun and they learn important life…