Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Stuffing a Thankful Turkey - Tradition

I cheated and used a glue gun to assemble my Thankful Turkey. Katie’s children made a much cooler turkey on Mommy with Selective Memory.

But Katie and I have the same challenge: For you and your family to stuff your turkey with thankful notes. Help your children write or draw pictures to express gratitude. Then read the notes on Thanksgiving Day and establish a family tradition.

Katie and I share another challenge: Read a book a month for yourself! Yes, it is so much fun to blog (myself included), hop, pin, tweet, text, surf, and connect with wonderful, inspirational people via the Internet. But are you reading books? Do your children see your love of reading? 

It is all right to read ebooks but show your children that printed words are actually a book. I read much more now that I own a Kindle because it is so light and convenient. I slip it in my purse and have a virtual library. Many books are free or inexpensive when purchased in the ebook format and no trips are necessary to the bookstore or library. Although I definitely encourage you to visit your library! They offer so many wonderful programs for children. Many libraries are now offering ebooks to borrow.

Books in the printed form are best when children are young because they learn through sensory integration or using their five senses. They love to touch, pull, pop-up and maniuplate books. Turning pages is also a good fine motor skill. But if your ebook reader is the only book handy - then by all means share and enjoy it with your child. They will love the bonding experience, learn vocabulary, and be better able to express themselves.

Snuggling and Reading Books Every Night to a Child Promote:
  • Security, consistency, stability, routine, self-esteem
  • Literacy - a love of reading
  • Learning about their world
  • 3 Rs: Rhyming, Rhythm, and Repetition to enhance reading skills  
Children will love having this book read to them with animation and expression. There are many sound words that can be emphasized: Ch-ch-i-i-ip-pp!, Squawk! Caw! Caw! The book has beautiful illustrations of nature, teaches about chipmunks preparing for winter, and what they eat. It is a Smithsonian's Backyard Scholastic book available in hardback and softcover, both new and used on Amazon. 

“My proudest teaching accomplishment was helping children learn to read. It is priceless to see a child’s eyes light up when they realize they are truly reading on their own. The gift of reading continues throughout a lifetime. Something about everything can be learned through reading. It is inspiring to know of people who were denied an education, but given the opportunity, learned to read in their senior years. The desire is phenomenal and is not quenched unless achieved.”

For a glimpse into Kindergarten see my book. Would you like inexpensive ideas, activities, and games to teach your child through play? Mommy with Selective Memory and I can help save your sanity, one project at a time, with The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn. Both no. 1 bestsellers on Amazon.

Some women have a weakness for shoes…
I can go barefoot if necessary.
I have a weakness for books. ~
Oprah Winfrey


  1. Your turkey is so cute! Stuffing him with thankfulness is such a great idea! I would love for you to link this to my Thanksgiving Traditions link up on Thursday.

  2. I sure will. I love linking with others. So many great ideas. Thanks for letting me know. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Hi, I am now following you through GFC from madamedeals.com please come by and follow me back.

    Thank you

  4. That turkey is adorable! I love it! And, you totally "stuff" a turkey!
    Would you mind sharing this with my readers too?

  5. I'm a new GFC follower from the weekend blog hop:) Would love a follow back! There is also a hop going on at my blog:)


  6. Cute turkey & a great reminder to teach our kids to be thanksful. I have some new books to read too =-) Welcome to TGIF Linky Party; thanks for linking up. Don't forget to grab the TGIF button and put it in your post or sidebar so others can find the party & link up too. Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving & see you next week,
    Beth =-)

  7. Following you from the Weekend Blog Hop, I hope you will stop by Swanky Baby too!

    Swanky Baby

  8. Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land...hope to see you again soon!!

  9. Thank you for posting this. I absolutely love to read, but I've gotten away from it lately. I'm getting more into blogging and have been spending my "me" time socializing and finding ideas online. But it really is very important for children to see their parent's love for reading. I'm going to try and remember this and find a good book!

  10. Katie (Mommies with Selective Memory) and I are hoping moms will take some time for themselves and read a book a month. I know moms are tired but there are so many wonderful books to read and it is important for children to see their parents read. Glad you agree! I just finished an "Elvis" book by Peggy Webb - just for fun. Now I'm reading "Coup D'Etat" by Ben Coes - a challenge but my husband said definitely worth it. Thanks!

  11. Oh, I love your thankful turkey. I have a store of clear plastic containers that would be perfect for that. Great idea!

  12. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement to get some reading done for myself. I've been reading too many blogs ;-). I think it's important for kids to see their parent enjoying a good book though along with being read to daily. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

  13. I'm writing because I run a sensory site and am looking for great ideas for Thanksgiving. And as any parent, we’re looking for terrific Thanksgiving crafts and ideas for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder and on the Autism Spectrum. Would you add a link to a craft idea or two on our blog? Here's the link to share and get more traffic to your site…


    1. Jennifer - Thank you so much for visiting and for the Linky invite. Fabulous blog you have.


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