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    The month of reading aloud a lot: week 4

    The 4th week of the reading aloud challenge has just ended. As I had to go back to work, I had less time to read to the children than during week 3. However, we kept reading everyday. My daughter read also several little books all alone. She was invited by her German grandparents for the week-end and I asked them to make her read aloud, which they did. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What we read this week 21/04: Raiponce – Rapunzel (P and M) Boucles-D’Or – Goldilocks (P and M) Total points: 4 points + 1 bonus points 22/04: Das Eichhörnchen…

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    The month of reading aloud a lot: week 3

    We spent the third week of our reading aloud challenge in France by my family. It was a nice time there as my parents and my sister spent a lot of time with the children. The only sad thing about this week was the Notre Dame fire. My mother was born in the street next to the cathedral so it was a shock for her. During this week of holiday, we could work a lot on the reading aloud challenge. My parents still have lots of children books at home. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What we read this week 15/04 Hase…

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    The month of reading aloud a lot: week 2

    The second week of my reading aloud a lot challenge went well. I could not write the blog post about it before because I went to France with the children at the end of the week, to visit my parents. I only came back yesterday. Week 2 was a little stressful because we had to prepare for the holiday but we still could read much together. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What we read this week 08/04: Tralalire, le petit, tout petit hibou – the very, very little owl (P) Martine fait de la bicyclette – Martine rides a bike (P) Tomtom et…

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    Great quotes about reading

    As I started now the month of reading aloud a lot, I have been thinking of all the advantages that reading can bring to your life. I found several interesting quotes about reading and books that I would like to share. Great quotes about reading “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” Rene Descartes “The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.” Pablo…

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    The month of reading aloud a lot: week 1

    The first week of my reading aloud challenge is now coming to end. Until now, this challenge has been fun. I read to the children every day and we already could read several books and stories we really liked. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Methodology For information, the list of books read this week includes several children magazines. I count them as books because these are very qualitative publications that include several stories that are very well written and beautifully illustrated. When I allude to them in the list, then I’ll give both the name of the magazine (we receive every month…

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    Childhood books I would like my daughter to read one day

    This is the first article in my month of reading aloud (a lot) to children. I have been remembering novels I particularly loved as a child and wondering whether my children, and especially my daughter who is now learning to read, would like them too. Here is my list of childhood books I would like my daughter to read too. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling) Well, I was actually already a teenager when I first read Harry Potter. But as a big Harry Potter fan, I would love my children to read and love Harry’s adventures too. The…

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    The month of reading aloud (a lot) to the children

    As April is coming, I decided to start a new monthly project: the month of reading aloud (a lot) to children. Lately, I have not consequently read to the children. When I come back from work in the evening, I do not have so much energy to do something meaningful with the children, This has to change and I hope this monthly project will motivate me to read more to the children. Advantages of the project: Enables to spend quality time with the children Improve the language skills of the children Improve reading skills for the first grader Inspiration as I would like to write a children book one day…

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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…

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    What should you learn in a changing world?

    Lately, I spoke with my mother on the phone and she told me that one of my cousin was starting a new job. He is a lawyer and he is leaving the law company he is working for to start something new. He will help his new employer to open a subsidiary in a new country. One of his reasons for this move is that the job is changing dramatically and that in ten years, a lawyer will do radically different things from what he is doing now. My mother was puzzled about this. I was not. I am working in the banking industry, which is known for being a…

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    Fun ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day

    As a student, I spent one semester in an Irish university. This was a fun time and I liked it very much there. As Saint Patrick’s day is approaching, I have been thinking about ways to celebrate. Many people are simply going to an Irish pub to drink a beer. However, I am not going out so much any more since I am a mother and anyway I do not really like beer. As a student, when I went to a pub with friends, I would take a pint of cider and pretend I am drinking it. However, it already ended up with some guy standing in front of me…