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2014
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Kids’ Summer Book and Movie Club

Most of the time movies don’t do books the justice they deserve. A beautifully written story carries more weight for me than images on a screen.

Last summer we started a summer book and movie club for our family. I made a list of books that are also movies, and the kiddos picked five books from the list to read and then watch the corresponding movie for a family night. Our oldest son opted to read the books himself while I read the books to our two youngest sons. Our daughter can’t sit too long through a book without pictures, so she just enjoyed the movie portion of the club.

Kids' Summer Book and Movie Club

Our club was a huge hit with the kids, so we’re going to do it again this summer. Our list of books to choose from for Summer Book and Movie Club 2014 are:

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White

Last summer we had interesting conversations about the differences between the books we read and the movies. The boys had definite ideas about what characters should have looked like, what details shouldn’t have been left out of the movies and changed endings that left the boys upset with movie screenwriters. The combination of movie and book helped us dig deeper into the stories and gave me insight into how the kids view what they read.

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Yes Day: The Best Day Ever
By     |    May 29, 2014
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Yes Day: The Best Day Ever

We added the book Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to our home library a couple years ago, and it changed the way I parent. In the story, each request by a little boy is answered with “yes,” until the very end. I won’t spoil the ending. A few times a year my kiddos wake up to find it’s Yes Day in our house. Yesterday was the first day of summer vacation, making it an obvious choice for Yes Day.... [Read More]

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Our Morning With a Bee Swarm
By     |    May 27, 2014
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Our Morning With a Bee Swarm

I was making breakfast and heard our third grader yell from our front room, “There’s a giant nest in our tree.” I dismissed the comment. Each morning there’s talk about some nest in some tree in our yard. Not until two boys came running into the kitchen proclaiming the “nest” was moving did I pay attention. My husband went to check out the moving nest and found thousands of bees crawling over each other in our ash tree. We had... [Read More]

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Crying Over the End of School
By     |    May 23, 2014
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Crying Over the End of School

I remember the day he pushed me away. When our oldest son was almost three years old, he went to climb a structure at a park we frequented and for the 10,000th time I went to spot him. This time was different. He told me he could do it himself, and he did. Last night that same boy who I no longer look down to talk with, who wears the same size shoe as I do and whose hands no... [Read More]

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Real Life Bike Helmet Safety
By     |    May 21, 2014
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Real Life Bike Helmet Safety

Currently my most favorite thing we own is the bike helmet our 11-year-old son was wearing Monday night. It saved his noggin and quite possibly kept our family from being forever altered. Our oldest and my husband race mountain bikes. Craig raced during summers in college and picked the sport up again last summer when B showed interest. It’s a passion they share that’s separate from the rest of the family. It’s always made me uneasy. Worrying is my most... [Read More]

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DIY: Hobbit Birthday Party
By     |    May 20, 2014
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DIY: Hobbit Birthday Party

“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is our first grader’s favorite book. I read it to him and our third grader before the first movie hit the big screen. C can tell you what’s accurate in the movie and what’s added for extra drama. He can quote the book and does a creepy Gollum impersonation. It seemed natural to have a Hobbit-themed party for his 7th birthday, but he hemmed and hawed about the theme he wanted. Fairly close to the... [Read More]

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Denver Zoo: Bunk with the Beasts
By     |    May 19, 2014
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Denver Zoo: Bunk with the Beasts

Last week we spent the night at the Denver Zoo as part of the Bunk with the Beasts program. I hear the words “field trip,” and I begin to reorganize my schedule. It’s hard to say who likes them more in our house: me or the kids. For the last few years, the elementary school our boys attend has celebrated the end of 5th grade with an overnight field trip to Denver. The trip is educational, but also a culminating... [Read More]

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Geocaching: Modern Day Treasure Hunting
By     |    May 13, 2014
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Geocaching: Modern Day Treasure Hunting

I believe one of the most amazing technological advancements is the global positioning system (GPS) and its handheld receiving units. One of our favorite family activities is using a GPS device for geocaching, better known in our house as modern day treasure hunting. People hide caches and plot their geographical coordinates so other people can locate the caches using a GPS device. Currently there are over 2 million active caches in the world. Caches range in size from “micro,” which might... [Read More]

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Love Notes From My Children
By     |    May 12, 2014
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Love Notes From My Children

There’s a drawer in my nightstand overflowing with love in the form of construction paper, markers and crayons. It’s where I keep the love notes from my children. I find the carefully written words and brightly colored pictures far too precious to store away under a bed or tucked in a folder. I sifted through the drawer yesterday, searching for the cards specifically dedicated to Mother’s Day.  I gingerly opened each handmade memento with the care of an archivist. I... [Read More]

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Letting Go of Self-Imposed Guilt
By     |    May 8, 2014
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Letting Go of Self-Imposed Guilt

Most weeks I enjoy having a bigger family. None of those weeks fall in the month of May. I am outnumbered 4-to-1. I’m thankful every day for a husband who is in the parenting trenches with me, but there are several times when two people just aren’t enough to cover scheduling conflicts. The events claiming my time are linked to my favorite people and causes I hold dear. It’s all joy-bringing, fun activities (maybe not the dentist appointments), and I know... [Read More]

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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift
By     |    May 7, 2014
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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift

This week is set aside to celebrate teachers. My children are blessed by the amazing, loving, dedicated teachers in their lives. A simple teacher appreciation gift to say thank you seems inadequate for how grateful I am. Our nearest family lives two hours away, and we rarely see them. There are teachers and other staff at the boys’ elementary school who are part of our family. I’m grateful we found a place that not only educates and grows my children... [Read More]

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May’s Book List
By     |    May 6, 2014
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May’s Book List

I’m an avid reader, raising a brood of book lovers. Each month I’ll share what we’re all reading and would love to hear what books you recommend. Me: The Death Cure (Maze Runner Book 3) — James Dashner The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel) — James Dashner Champion: A Legend Novel — Marie Lu The Rook — Daniel O’Malley (book club selection) Sycamore Row — John Grisham (book club selection) The Last Letter From Your Lover — Jojo Moyes I’m... [Read More]

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