Monday, March 10, 2014

Give My Regards to Broadway!



Broadway soundtracks are a great way to tell a story and expose your children to different styles of music—-and the stories behind the music, the show, the original book, script, movie, etc.  My favorite has to be Phantom of the Opera….but there are so many fantastic shows, it is really hard to choose! 

Look to see what’s playing in your city and make a special date to take your children.  If you can’t get there, check out your local neighborhood playhouses and high schools…they have some great performances for kids!  (and you can’t beat the ticket prices!) Pick up the soundtrack before you go and listen to the story it tells!  And Give My Regards to Broadway!  ~Beth

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrating Read Across America + World Read Aloud Day!

I LOVE reading out loud! There are so many ways to be involved in the story! Voices, gestures, inflection, silly faces! Let go of any inhibition and have fun! Your kids will thank you and want to do it even more.  For this Read Across America/WRAD, here are some of my all-time favorites. 
1.  Little Pea: Amy Krous Rosenthal; ill.-Jen Corace
2.  Big Words for Little People: Jamie Lee Curtis; ill.-Laura Cornell
3.  A Bad Case of the Stripes: David Shannon
4.  Falling For Rapunzel: Leah Wilcox; ill.-Lydia Monks
5.  Silverlicious: Victoria Kann
6.  Dr. Seuss’s ABC: Dr. Seuss
7.  and the train goes: William Bee
8.  A Giraffe and a Half: Shel Silverstein
9. Room on the Broom: Julia Donaldson; ill.-Alex Scheffler
10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Judith Viorst; ill.-Raymond Cruz
What are your favorites? Happy Reading! ~Beth
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