Valentine’s Day Fun and Some Fun Read Aloud Picture Boooks

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! But first of all I would like to announce the winner for last month’s Barnes & Noble Gift Card raffle.

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Anna, you are the winner!!! Yay!! You will be receiving the gift card in the mail within 5-7 business days!! Thank you for participating in our raffle and being a loyal reader of Nurturing Hearts at Home! It was so much fun to do this raffle!! There will definitely be more!!

 

Here are some highlights of what we did to make Valentine’s day special this year.

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It is so fun to have this giant chalkboard, I just love changing it with the seasons!!

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Here is some more chalkboard art that I did, some decorations, and all of my beautiful flowers.

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They were given to me by my friend Erica, my mom, and my hubby.”

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Then my children made Valentine cards for me and Daddy, brothers, sister, and Grandparents.

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They made their cards, and practiced cutting out hearts.

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My littles had so much fun with that, because they are just learning to use the scissors.

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We also read these books for this months theme, Love! (affiliate links)

Jesus Loves Me by: Debby Anderson

Jesus Loves the Little Children by: Debbie Anderson

You Are My Sunshine by: Caroline Jayne Church

I Love You As Much.. by: Laura Krauss Melmed

Mommy Loves Her Bunny By: Josephine Page

Daddy Loves Me by: Cindy Waters

Mommy Loves Me by: Cindy Waters

I was unable to find a link for these 2 books. Possibly out of print. bought these when my first was born in 2007.

I Love You Through and Through by: Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

Daddy Hugs by: Karen Katz

Counting Kisses by: Karen Katz

God Loves You by: Carol Rubow

Mama, Do You Love Me? by: Barbara M. Joosse

I Love Hugs by: Lara Jones

I Love My Mommy Because.. By: Laurel Porter-Gaylord

I Love My Daddy Because.. By: Laurel Porter-Gaylord

I Love You Daddy by: Jillian Harker

My Happy Heart by: Sally Lloyd-Jones

My Happy Heart (Sweet Hearts)

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Everyone enjoys them very much. They have been part of our personal library for 10yrs. now.

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For our Valentine’s dinner we decided to have a family dinner at home.

On the menu was Breakfast!! We all just love breakfast!!

We had the works, bacon, sausage, potatoes, eggs, and biscuits. Yummy!!

This was special because we don’t eat bacon and sausage as often as we use to. Since we started to have a more plant based meals. Plus who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?? 🙂

As I started to get dinner going I asked my crew to come and help me.

My “Little Caballero” and “El Sheriff” helped peel potatoes. My “Little Caballero” also helped set the table! I love it when we all work together. There’s just something about it!!

Then my “Little Sheriff” helped cut the strawberries for our dessert.

 

My “Little Pajarito” helped put the biscuits on the baking pans.

At first they weren’t happy helping but then they got the hang of it and realized how important their contribution is. :))

“More hands, means less work”.

And of course everyone’s tummy was very happy!!

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Especially, after dessert!!

Because we had strawberries with Nutella! It was a big hit!! We all loved it very much!!

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It was a really nice Valentine’s day.

My hens also loved their salad today!! And I don’t blame them, it looked so good!!

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Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day!!

I would love to hear all about it!! Please comment below!!

Talk to you soon!!

In His Love,

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Our Family’s Favorite Winter Read Aloud Books

 

Our family is most definitely a reading family and over the years we have grown to love a handful of books that are our favorites to read only during the Winter months. I’m sure as my kiddos get older this list will and may change, but for now, all of these books are asked to be read over and over while I have them out for the winter. I like to rotate some of my books, by season and when I bring them out the kids are so happy because it’s as if they are old friends that they haven’t seen in a long time! They are so happy to see them again, and start naming them off as they look through the pile.

 

I’m sure that by now you are probably saying, “How in the world do you or I get my child to sit through a book? The key is to slowly read to them more and more every day. There is something about reading that is almost magical, you see the wheels spinning, the imaginations working, the vocabulary growing, and then you see it as they play.  When they start talking about a story or using some of the vocabulary during their play.

So let’s make it a fun experience, make hot cocoa, or let them play quietly, building with Legos, coloring, drawing, or doing a puzzle. The rule is that they do not talk to one another while you are reading.  If they continually ask questions during the story, it takes away from it. Just tell them that you will answer questions after, and that you want them to think about it for a while. Also be dramatic and enthusiastic when you read, kids totally know when you are excited about it or not and that will also set the tone during reading as well. So little by little their attention will increase every time you read, especially if you make it part of your daily routine. Pretty soon, they will want to read some books over and over, and when you are going to stop reading they will say, “more please”, or “can we read just one more”? Which is always music to my ears.

Now it may be a little crazy when they want you to read the same book over and over. But do not fret, what is happening is that they are memorizing the story. Which is a building block for reading, and builds their vocabulary.

So Happy Reading!!!

 

Owl Moon by: Jane Yolen

A father and his daughter go out late at night searching for owls, which they call, “Owling”.

Brave Irene by: William Steig

A young girl has to be brave and deliver a special dress her mother made during a snow storm.

Snowflake Bentley by: Jacqueline Briggs Martin

A young boy curious about snow flakes, learns to photograph them, discovering that every single snow flake is unique and different.

White Snow Bright Snow by: Alvin Tresselt

The enjoyment of snow experienced by a child.

A New Coat For Anna by: Harriet Ziefert

A mother has to trade her valuables post WW II, to have a new coat made for her daughter.

A beautiful little book that is a classic Christmas song with the cutest illustrations.

The Big Snow by: Berta and Elmer Hader

All the animals in the forest are getting ready for winter. Some leave, some hibernate, and some go south. So much detail as to which animals do what.

The Mitten by: Jan Brett

A fun story about a little boy who wants his Grandmother to make him white mittens, and he drops one in the snow. When the animals in the forest find it, one by one they all want to crawl inside of the cozy mitten.

The Hat by: Jan Brett

A little girl is getting her woolens ready for winter, by hanging them outside to air out. One of her hats falls onto the snowy ground and a silly little hedge hog puts it on, and it gets stuck on his head because of his prickles.

Thy Friend Obadiah by: Brinton Turkle

A little boy is befriended by a sea gull and is bothered at first but then he discovers why.

The Biggest Bear by: Lynd Ward

A young boy named Johnny wants to hunt a bear, but when he comes upon one in the forest, he changes his mind.

Winter Poems by: Barbara Rogasky and Trina Schart Hyman

A collection of poems inspired by winter and written about winter time.

A Time of Wonder by: Robert McCloskey

The very detailed experience of weather, and seasons, during a family vacation.

Katy and the Big Snow by: Virginia Lee Burton

A tractor saves the day with a snow plow after a big snow and makes a way for the townspeople to do their job.

When Winter Comes by: Nancy Van Laan

A young child and his parents go for a walk in the snow and discover what the animals and the insects do to prepare for winter.

Jingle Bells (Sing and read story book) (Sing and read story book) by: Darcy May

A cute little sing and read story book of the classic song, “Jingle Bells” with pictures of children enjoying a sleigh ride in the snow.

The Snowy Day by: Ezra Jack Keats

A little boy is out and about experiencing the snow.

The Bravest Dog Ever: The true story of Balto. by: Natalie Stanford and Donald Cook

A brave dog travels a great distance to get medicine to a village, in order to help the children to get well.

Farmer Boy by: Laura Ingalls Wilder

A wonderful story about a boy growing up on a farm with his family, learning and growing in character.

These books are thoroughly enjoyed by myself, my husband, our 2yrs. old all the way up to my 9yrs. old, we just love them all. Especially on a cold rainy day, with a cup of hot cocoa, warm blankets, candles, twinkling lights, and lot’s of cuddling on our cozy couch. It’s such a special time! Lot’s of special memories being made that I will keep in my heart forever, which is also my goal to make memories that my children will keep in their hearts forever too!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!!

And to celebrate the new year, we are giving away a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Here’s how to get your name entered into our drawing!

Good luck and have fun!!

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I will announce and notify the winner Saturday, January 23, 2016.

I would love to hear about favorite books you and your family like to read. Also if you have any questions, I would love to answer them.

Enjoy your day!!!

Love,

Rachel

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