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Happy New Year!  Before every new year, it is good to look back into history and check out what has happened in the past.  Lots of wonderful tips.

Raising a Reader – for tips for a fast start  and more Raising a Reader tips

Book Reviews

Awards – Reviews 

Some Great Literacy Websites

Why Should You Help to Develop Their Love of Reading? 

Being Thankful – a great story

Conspiracy 365 reviews

Words for Holiday Songs

Math is lots of fun

Reading and Math

Book Reviews – What are Moms Saying About these

What do Teachers Make?

Award Winning Kane Miller

Making Greeting Cards

Student Reviews of Conspiracy 365

Crafts and Cards for Father’s Day

Great Educational Websites

Books that Overcome Fear

CBS Early Show Segment on Small Businesses

Ways to Help Children with Autism

Fundraisers

Reading Tips

Most Effective Thing We Can Give

Spreading Joy During the Holidays

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“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations–something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.”

– Katherine Patterson

Usborne Books and Kane Miller Books are the best children’s books for infant, toddler, up to young adult. Also, includes parent’s guides. If you value the education system, teach them early. Read to them and talk to them in regular conversation as early as after birth. A parent raising a reader is the first teacher. Check the book reviews, the internet specials.  JOIN us for  job opportunities for extra income from a home business. I am an education consultant who can help you, your school, library, or teacher find the best books to get a message across. Children who learn in bits and pieces retain more information and learn things easier. Learning can be fun and reading is educational.  All found on our new website.  Schools and libraries can register and shop our library and school editions.  Register and schedule a book fair or fundraiser.  Thank you for making a difference. Tell your friends about our award winning books and learning tools.

Happy Halloween Great picks

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Mystery Mansion

Mystery Mansion

Mystery Mansion  for
ages 5 and up Great for confident easy to read readers   Buy here

Oliver Moon

Oliver Moon

Oliver Moon and the Nipperbat Nightmare 

for age 7 and up

Read it and see for yourself how much fun it is  Buy here

Spooks Surprise

Spooks Surprise

Spooks Surprise

for age 4 and up.  Has picture puzzles throughout. Great for reading to them or for young readers to read on their own.

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Spooky Stencils

Spooky Stencils

Spooky Stencil Cards  

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Sticker Costumes

Sticker Costumes

Sticker Dolly Dressing Costumes & Parties

Fun for age 4 and up  Buy here

There's No Such Thing as Ghosts

There’s No Such Thing as Ghosts

There’s No Such Thing As Ghosts!

For age 4 – 6 Great fun story.  So cute.
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Reading Tips – Reading to Your Children even when they can Read

Returning to school can be exciting, stressful, or even scary for some children.  Start a new tradition in your family.  Write a letter to your child on their first day of school.  Offer encouragement, share special things about your child that make you proud, and save your letters to re-read at the end of each school year.

Create a reading contest with your family.  Set a goal for your children.  If they read so many books, they get a reward. Be creative! Rewards can be anything your child would get excited about.  Perhaps, it would be the next title in a series they are reading, going out for ice cream, or having a slumber party.

Encourage imagination – play games with your child while waiting in line.  Plan a vacation that they would like to take or a make believe birthday party.  Take turns making up a story.  Ask them what they would like to be when they grow up and why.  Talk about a friend or relative who you have not seen in a while.  Imagine what you would say to them.

After reading a book to your child, encourage thinking by asking them questions.  What words do they not understand?  Have them draw pictures of what happened in the story.  Does this remind them of anything or anyone?  Do they think that this could really happen?  Does this remind them of another story?

If your child is restless, suggest they draw pictures while you are reading.  Use toys, food, or pictures while reading to them.

Let your child think up a different ending.  Reading boosts their vocabulary.  Continue to read aloud to them even after they have learned to read for themselves.  Read from books that are above their reading level.

“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.”  – quote from Lyndon Baines Johnson

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ~ quote of Benjamin Franklin.

Reading is the simplest most effective thing that a parent can do to help their child.  And even more important for a special needs child.  Thank you, parents, for making that difference.

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Ways to Help Children With Autism

Ways to help children with Autism

  1. Teach Language

**Look and Say Books – find an object in its home-

ABC Flashcards, Baby Sister, Beach, Birthday, Cinderella, First Words Flashcards, Goldilocks and the    Three  Bears

**First Word books and flashcards – At Home, Farmyard Tales First Word Book, First Words Donkey FC, First Words FC, First Words Pairs FC, Very First Words, Very First Words Bedtime, Very First Words in Spanish, etc.

**First 100 Words Sticker Books, Everyday Words Sticker Books – First Hundred Words Coloring Book, First Hundred Words in Chinese, French, German, Spanish, First Hundred Words in English, French, German, Spanish Sticker

**First Thousand Words Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. These have an internet link where you can listen to the pronunciations of each page and see the word and picture on the page.

*First Hundred Words in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish For more Scroll down to see more.

2. Teach Visual Discrimination

**Find the Duck and Find the Puppy.  For more.  Scroll down to see more.

**Look and Say Books – find an object in its home

Baby Sister, Baby’s Very First books, Very First Colors, First Words, , Very First Nursery RhymesThe Zoo. For more .      Also, Baby’s Very First series  here .

**1001 Things to Spot series & Great Searches – more complex pictures, might be overwhelming for some, but perfect for others, choose according to their age and needs.

1001 Animals to Spot, 1001 Bugs, 1001 Pirate Things,  1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland, 1001 Things to Spot in the Sea, in the Town, Things to Spot on the Farm, On Vacation, 1001 Wizard Things to Spot.

Great Animal Search, Great Dinosaur SearchTo see more. Scroll down to see more.

3. Teach Sensory Integration

**Touchy-feely books – different textures on each page Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely, Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Animals, Noisy Touchy Feely Set, Nursery Rhymes, Polar Bears.  Check them out here.

**That’s Not My series – Bunny, Dinosaur, Dolly, Fairy, Frog, Kitten, Lion, Monkey, Monster, Penguin, Pirate, Plane, Polar Bear, Pony, Princess, Puppy, Reindeer, Santa, Snowman, Teddy, Tiger, Tractor, Train, Truck

   4. Teach Social Stories

**First Experience series: Complete Book of First Experiences, Going on a Plane (w/sticker), Going to School (w/sticker), Going to the Dentist (w/sticker), Going to the Doctor (w/sticker), Going to the Hospital (w/sticker), Moving House (w/sticker), New Baby, New Puppy Sticker Book. As seen here

**Look and Say Books – as listed in #1 -see items and scenes associated with everyday events and places

5. Teach Visual Perception Skills

**Jigsaw Books – start out with 2 or 4 pieces, then go up to 50 pieces, all with full colorful picture under the puzzle. Start with ABC JigsawChristmas Baby Jigsaw, Lift Out Colors Jigsaw, Under the Sea Jigsaw, Ancient Egypt, Flowers, Four Seasons, Jigsaw Atlas of North America. Check them out here.

6. Teach Reading Comprehension

**Spin and Match Books – Set of Fun on the Farm, Kings, Cookies, & Quackers, and Tell Me a Story – simple stories that ask comprehension questions. Check it out here .

**First Reading Series One and Two – asks questions at the end of story – Fox and the Stork FR1, Sun and the Wind FR1, Bears IR FR2, Brer Rabbit Down the Well FR2, Chilly Little Penguin FR2, How Zebras Got Their Stripes FR2, There Was a Crooked Man FR2. Very First Reading set as seen here.

**First Reading and Young Readers – pictures with not too many words- Bugs, Chilly Little Penguin, Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar, Elephants, Fox and the Stork, How Elephants Lost their Wings, Lion and the Mouse, Little Giraffe, Monkeys, Reluctant Dragons.

Caterpillars and Butterflies – IR, Elephants IR FR4, Owls IR, Penguins – IR, See more here.

Elves and the Shoemaker YR1,  Fairytale Castles, Jack and the Beanstalk , Magical Animals, Mermaids, Rumpelstiltskin YR1Sleeping Beauty YR1, Sorcerer’s Apprentice YR1, and more.

Alice in Wonderland, Around the World in Eighty Days, Beauty and the Beast YR2, East of the Sun, West of the Moon YR2, Gulliver’s Travels CD Pack YR2, Heidi, Pinocchio YR2 (CD pack also), Prince and the Pauper, Railway Children, Trains YR2, and look inside for more.

Moonfleet YR3, Tale of Two Cities YR3.

7. Teach Reading Fluency

**Easy Words to Read Series – simple rhyming phrases, simple pictures, phonetics plus Find the Duck series as seen in #2. Bee Makes Tea, Big Pig on a Dig, Cow Takes a Bow, Croc Gets a Shock, Crow in the SnowFox on a Box, Frog on a Log, Goose on the Loose, Hen’s Pens, Mouse Moves House, Sam Sheep Can’t Sleep, Shark in the Park, Snail Brings the Mail, Ted and Friends with CD, Ted in a Red Bed, Toad Makes a Road,   Underpants for Ants, and more As seen here.

**Flap books – simple rhyming text with flaps to lift on each page, plus Find the Duck series as in #2. Dinosaurs Lift the Flap, DragonsFlip Flap Body Book, Lift the Flap Atlas, Lift the Flap Counting Book, Lift the Flap Word Book, Nightime LTFSharks LTF, Tractors Lift and Look, Trains Lift and Look, Under the Sea LTF, Animal Hide and SeekConstruction SitesDinosaurs, Look inside an Airport, Look Inside Your Body, On the Beach, Planes Lift and Look, .

**Picture books – Beautiful, colorful, simple pictures, simple text. Alphabet Picture Book, Beauty and the Beast, Children’s Picture Atlas, Christmas Carol, First Picture Action Rhymes,  all First Picture series and Picture books too many to name. Check them out at www.suesbooks.us .

8. Teach Fine Motor Skills

**Lift the Flap Books as seen in #7

**See Inside Books (Ancient Egypt, Ancient RomeFamous Buildings, Inside How Things Work, See Inside Ships, See Inside Your Body, See Under the Sea). Good for older children, has more text.

**Sticker Books – pincher grasp/ pressure control. Check them out here

**Slot books – Playtime Baby, Squirrel’s Tale, There’s a Mouse in the House. As seen here.

**I Can Draw series – pincher grasp strengthening. I Can Draw Animals, I Can Draw People, What Shall I Draw?, Animal Stencil CardsDinosaur Stencil Book, First Stencil Cards Christmas, Stencil Book, …. For older children, there are 50 Things to Draw and Paint, Big Book of Things to Draw, 365 things to Draw and PaintFairies and Mermaids, Horses, Princess and Ballerinas, Trucks and Tractors, Drawing Princesses, Doodling and Coloring Book. As seen here

9. Teach Motor Planning

**I Can Draw series as seen in #8 – teaches step by step how to do things

10.Teach Critical Thinking Skills

**Learning Palette-child figures out answer in the mind, select correct colored disk to answer the question. Simple self-correcting, shows correct answer. Too many to list, but they can be seen here.    Watch how the learning palette works here.

**Activity Cards – 50 Brain Games, 50 Optical Illusions, 50 Rainy Day Activities, 50 Science Things to Make and Do, 50 Secret Codes to Break, 50 Travel Games and Activities, 100 Things to Do on a Trip. Check them out here .

More information on Autism

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Wikipedia’s definition of Autism

    Autism Fact Sheet

    KidsHealth on Autism

    Autism Research Institute says Autism is Treatable!

    Mayo Clinic’s definition

   Unraveling the Complex Genetics of Autism

    Updated Autism News

    Five Types of Autism

  

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Thank you for reading!  We wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day!  Relax, enjoy being with your loved ones.  This is a special time to make sure that they know.  Many times we take it for granted that they should know, but those three little words can make a big difference when spoken.  I Love You!

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Hot Hot July

My goodness!  Where has this month gone? and so quickly?  It’s summer and full of fun times, lots of lemonade, lots of barbeques, lots of water fun since it is such a hot month.  This is the best part of what I do.  Lots of flexibility so that I can spend more time with family and loved ones.  Lots of water, sand, sun, library activities, crafts, movies, and lots of reading time.  We don’t want them to get into the summer slide where they are not using all the skills that they learned during the school year.

For the month of August, it is double free books month.  So, sign up to host a group sale to earn free books for your family or for your community to help collect books for those who are less fortunate and do not have enough books to read or activities to keep their mind growing.  It is very easy as seen on www.suesbooks.info .  If you have any questions, I would love to help you.  I love them and want to share them with everyone.  There are so many internet specials and ways to get them.  Check it out today.

JOIN us and check the current business opportunity. Great opportunity! Also, there is a $25 business supplies only package which is available, just check with me.  And you can get double free books!  I will also give you an extra $50 in free books if you sign up for an e-show starting August 1st.  This is good until the end of August.  So, do your holiday shopping early.  It’s better if it is educational!

Have a great summer!!

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Making Greeting Cards

We love making greeting cards and other paper structures.  There are so many interesting cards that you can create and make with the children. It is economical and fun. Here are some of what I found:   Click on them to see the video.

How to Make Pop-Up Cards

Making 3D Greeting Card

Making Character Pop Up Card

Making Pop Up Cards

Making Geometric Pop Up Card

Making Kirigami Dancing Crane Card

Making Amazing Paper Sculptures

Making Custom Cards Using Word 2003

How to Design a Greeting Card on Computer

It means a lot more when it comes from the heart and is made with love.

Happy Mother’s Day 

 

Happy Father’s Day.

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Book Reviews – What are moms saying about these books?

  Hannah’s Winter – Kane Miller (My Japan)

This is an appropriate book for an average middle school level child in terms of content and vocabulary.  I do warn those thinking of purchasing this book that it requires some background knowledge in order to be able to follow along.  If they are not familiar with Japanese (or Australian for that matter) culture, then I suggest they pair this purchase with My Japan.  I would NOT allow this book to be read silently by a reluctant reader BUT this would be a fabulous read-a-loud for a classroom of such students, as most of my classes were.  As a teacher, I could be certain that the background knowledge that was needed to understand, and enjoy, a book like this would be taught before or along side the text.  The characters are very likable and the ghost story aspect is engaging.  My Japan, as an accompaniment, shows pictures of concepts that might be difficult to visualize (bathrooms, classrooms, etc.).

 

 

  True Adventure Collection –

This is a fantastic book as a read-a-loud or silent reading for children of a variety of reading levels at the middle school age.  The stories are intriguing, real-life, and can be researched by those students who want more knowledge about the topic.  I believe that the lack of difficulty, I do not mean that in a bad way, and the shortness of the stories entices students who might not normally pick up a book.  I would be certain to have multiple copies of this in a classroom.

Jessica

 

 

  Why by Lila Prap (Kane/Miller)

This book from Slovenia is geared for ages four through eight.  It is a fun book to help children answer some of their questions about why certain animals do certain things.  What I like about this book is that it not only gives the real answer, it gives many fun, silly, possible answers.  The illustrations make the children want to continue to read the book.  I am glad to have this in my collection! – Angie’

 

 

   Andie’s Moon by Linda Newberry (Usborne, part of the Historical House collection)

While the Kane/Miller series Conspiracy 365 is enjoyed by both boys and girls, its protagonist is a boy.  I suggested we begin collecting the Historical House series so we would have a series especially for pre-teen girls.  Since I am enchanted by space, and especially the Apollo Lunar Missions, I selected Andie’s Moon. For those who may not be familiar with the Historical House collection, each book is a story which centers around a girl who lives at No. 6 Chelsea Walk in Chelsea, England.  Each book takes place in a different period in history, from 1764 (Mary Ann & Miss Mozart) to 1969 (Andie’s Moon).

Andrea is a young girl who loves to paint.  She especially enjoys painting imaginative scenes, like moonscapes.  At the start of the book, no one has ever been to the moon, and Andrea (Andie) is free to paint whatever she imagines the moon to look like.  But the Americans are planning to send men to the moon!  Suddenly, people will know what the moon looks like, and Andie fears her paintings will seem silly.  She also fears that she is not talented enough to become a professional artist, and although an artist is currently renting rooms at No. 6 Chelsea Walk, Andie is reluctant to show him her work.  Andie’s older sister Prudence (Prue, or as Andie calls her Prune) loves fashion, and wants to be a model, although Andie has noticed Prune is neither as pretty nor as skinny as Twiggy.

The Apollo 11 mission is not the only historic event which serves as a background for Andie’s Moon.  The Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park is also in evidence, as is a genuine sense of 1969 in general.

Of course, the American astronauts do land on the moon, and England, like most of the world, watched the event on television.  Of course, in England it was after 3 a.m. when Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words, the first ever spoken from the surface of the moon itself.

Ultimately, both Andie and Prune are inspired by the Apollo mission:  sending men to the moon and bringing them back to Earth had seemed impossible just a few years earlier!  And the sisters discover (each in her own way) that they can pursue their dreams — they, too, can do the impossible! I would highly recommend Andie’s Moon to the parent of any pre-teen girl who feels her talents are not “good enough.”  (And, if we’re being honest, what pre-teen doesn’t feel inadaquate?)  Quoting from the last page:

“But lots of things seemed impossible, and not all of them were.  Humans had been to the moon, had left footprints, and come back again.  There were two people alive who had stood on another world.

If that was possible, who could say what wasn’t?”

-Bruce

 

 

  This is The Tree  By Miriam Moss and Adrianne Kennaway

A wonderfully, descriptive story of the Baobob tree and the African plain on which it can be found.  The book paints a clear, engaging and inviting picture of the tree and the animals as well as people who are drawn to it.  The story as well as the illustrations are so vivid that they transport you to the African Plains and allow you to feel as if you are there.  The book informs you of the uniqueness of the Baobob tree and enables you to see how integral this tree is to life on the African plain.

Alicia

 

 

  The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness 

This is an excellent book for children of many ages.  Read aloud ages 3-7.  Read on your own ages 8-10.

This book is a charming and heart warming story of a young boy who goes to visit the animal pound looking for a new pet.  As he looks at each animal in their cage, they are jumping and wagging tails- surely this would be the type of pet this boy would chose.  As he gets nearer to the back, he spots this scraggly, little dog with only 3 legs.  He inquires about this dog and is told the closer they get to back door, the closer to heaven they are……the young man looks intently at the dog as he wags his forlorn tail and the boy runs home to his grandma to tell him of the perfect pet he found.  The grandma agrees to take the dog in and the story shows all of the fun and laughter they all have.  The boy even “builds” the dog a wooden leg and the adventures are endless!  This story is about love and looking beyond what we first see in something.  A must have for any child who loves animals!

Christina

 

 

    Are We There Yet?

This is one of my favorites from the Kane Miller line. Written from a pre-teen girl’s viewpoint, it reads like a diary of her family’s trip the whole way around Australia. With the continent’s various rock formations (like the Twelve Apostles), and other landmarks, included in the story, it’s an easy geography lesson! At the bottom of every other page little brother, Billy, asks the familiar question, “Are we there Yet?”

 

 

  The Usborne Little Book of Flowers

This adorable purple volume is packed with information for flower lovers. It’s small size is misleading…there are stories about flowers, what different flowers communicate when you give them, and so many different crafts and activities! Just a few are: “Growing a Miniature Garden”, “Pressing Flowers & How to Use Them”, and “Making Paper Roses”.

Darlene

 

 

   “Wind-Up Plane Book”

Abram turned 4 on Sunday and was thrilled to get this book, Wind-up Plane Book, as one of his gifts.  He actually received 4 books (2 Usborne, 2 non-Usborne) and he didn’t even look at the non-Usborne books, but the plane book had him squealing with delight.

This book has a double page spread of information and adorable illustrations and then a double page spread with a track for the airplane to travel on. it alternates in this format and there are three tracks in this book. Two are the runways and one is a world map which has the time and distance from different international airports..

One other note about this book, the Tractor book had pop-up people that you could use to decorate the scene, but my kids just lost those people. The airport book does not have those pop-ups and so I think that makes this book even better than tractors.

Emily

 

 

   The Complete Book of First Experiences

A book about the first experiences of young children. It covers subjects like moving, going to the doctor, going to the dentist etc… It has brightly colored illustrations with a duck hidden on each picture. I feel like the book helps to prepare children for new experiences, and I highly recommend it.

Cheryl  

 

 

   “Fix-It Duck”  by Jez Alborough

Want a book with humor, rhyming words, and colorful pictures for children? This has those and more. This sturdy board book is great for a child aged 1and a half to 6 years old. Older children will enjoy reading it to their younger siblings.  For very young children, talking about what they see in the pictures is a good start to telling the story.  Ask them questions about what they see, what is the duck doing, what is going to happen next.  Talking about the title page is very important.  It starts out with Fix-It duck running water for his bath. He decides to go have some tea. Then he hears the drip that drops into his tea and thinks that he has a leak in his roof. So, Fix-It Duck has to go borrow a ladder from Sheep. While at Sheeps, he decides to fix Sheeps window.  That is the start of his great adventure. It is a must read.  It is simply hilarious. The pictures tell the story.  Children love to see the chain of events and hear the rhyming easy sounds.  If they are starting to read, they love being able to add the “Fix-It Duck” part.  This is a book that they will ask to read over and over again.

 

 

  “Entertaining and Educating  Babies and Toddlers”, a Parent’s Guide by Carolina Young.

Looking for a great baby shower gift or gift for a new mom? Look no further.  This is a book that will calm a new parent who does not know what to expect.  It discusses the different stages of a baby’s life from the first 3 months up to the age of 2 and a half.  This book goes into what they are able do at each interval, gives suggestions for toys, books and activities that will be great to do at each stage.  There are over 100 easy fun activities, games, and things to do with them and at what stage to do them.  This includes rhymes, songs, and other educational fun things.  Packed with great tips.  You will look forward to being able to do these with your child.  Enjoy!

Sue

 

 

   “Will You Carry Me?” 

I love this book because my little ones are always asking me to carry them.  In this book, Thomas has been playing at the park and when it is time to go home, he is too tired to walk so he asks his mom to carry him.  Rather than just telling him no and making him walk or picking him up, she says “well, if you’re too tire to walk, maybe we should try…” and she comes up with all these different ways of traveling such as jumping, swimming and flying and before Thomas knows it, they are back home and he got there on his own two feet.  The illustrations are very cute in this book and the kids just love it.

Lisa

 

 

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Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away.  Time seems to fly by so quickly.  It is time to reflect on what we are thankful for.  I am thankful for family,  good friends, good times, and joyous days.  We can all be thankful for lots of things when we really put our minds to it.

I wanted to share a story that I recently heard.  It is very inspirational.  Count your blessings. You will remember this for months and months. It is something to think about.  It is the Tale of the Wooden Bowl.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law and four year old grandson.  The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table.  But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult.  Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.  “We must do something about father,” said the son.  “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.

So, the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.  There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.  Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two,  his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.  Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four year old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.  He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?”  Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. ”  The four year old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless.  Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.  Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.  For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family.  And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth got soiled.

On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:  a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’..

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.  But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch–holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back…

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

Tell this story to all your loved ones.  You will be glad that you did.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Usborne Books and Kane Miller Books are the best children’s books for infant, toddler, up to young adult. Also, includes parent’s guides. If you value the education system, teach them early. Read to them and talk to them in regular conversation as early as after birth. A parent raising a reader is the first teacher. Check the book reviews, the sales, the job opportunities for extra income from a home business. I am an education consultant who can help you, your school, library, or teacher find the best books to get a message across. Children who learn in bits and pieces retain more information and learn things easier. Learning can be fun and reading is educational.  All found here at our store . Schools and libraries can call to set up an account and order.