Wednesday, May 7, 2014

8 Good Books that Teaches Feelings and Emotions

Age 3 and up . An expressive photo book that precisely describe the emotions,contains simple text and right on point photographs. It introduces basic emotions such as happy, grumpy, thoughtful, and more and how people can show them.


 Ages 4-8 . A picture book about a little girl named Sophie who becomes angry with her sister for trying to play with the stuffed gorilla that she wants to play with. When Sophie gets angry at her sister, she runs away from her house and climbs a big beech tree where she watches the waves and lets the calm breeze comfort her. When she feels better she climbs down and goes happily back home. The illustrations have vibrant colors. I like how the size of the illustrations emphasizes how big and powerful Sophie's anger has made her feel. It also teaches young minds that colors can also be associated feeling. ( example : red for angry)



Bad days happens too and this is something that we teach our daughters. Bad days are okay and normal.  There are a lot ways to save your day! Alicia gets herself out of her bad day in her own way.


Ages 3-8 yrs old. Lots of fun! You know how you can see funny faces on fruits or vegetables? Sometimes in the sky too actually.  Well, this is a fun book for your young ones. This book is a wonderful way to expose kids to the concept of emotions, to know the difference between being sad , tired etc. It does not explain what each feelings can mean however the funny illustrations did a great job of describing emotions.


Ages 1 and up. I think adults and older kids can benefit from this book. It teaches young kids to be thankful not just on material things but there are a lot of beautiful things in our lives to be thankful for. Yes, there are emotions of anger, sad or loneliness but there is always something to be thankful for.


Ages 3 -8 yrs old.  The pictures help  children learn to read emotions in others as well as the situations that may cause those feelings ( common situations)


Ages 3-8 yrs old. A very entertaining and easy to read book. If you have a young one that gets frustrated that can't seem to use their words or name their emotions, this is your book.


  Ages 5 and up. Feelings can be confusing  and overwhelming for young kids when they don't exactly know the words to describe it or express it.  This book helps children build  more vocabulary for communicating their emotions.  From "A is for Awesome" to "Z is for Zany".


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Root Beer Glazed Ham

I made this last Easter Sunday for our lunch. It was so good I know I have to share this recipe! The hubby and the girls absolutely loved it. The ham leftovers got me excited as much as this glazed ham. Brings back so many memories from when I was growing up , when I would look forward for the fried ham the next day . Nothing like a good meal to remind you of your childhood memories.


Fully Cooked  bone -in ham , I used 10 lb
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup  firmly packed brown sugar
12 oz root beer
kosher salt and pepper to taste.
40 cloves ( optional)


In a saucepan , mix the Dijon mustard , apple cider vinegar , sugar and about 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper. Whisk it and gradually add the root beer. Simmer until it thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

Pre heat your oven to 350 deg.

Put the ham cut side down in a roasting pan.

Score the ham ( all sides) with diamond patterns ( not too deep, about 1/4 deep only) . If you prefer to use cloves , add the cloves at the center of each diamond pattern. I did not add the cloves , but still scored the ham so the glaze would stick to the crevices. Cover the ham with foil , bake/ heat according to package instructions. I did 2 hrs .

After 2 hrs ( or so) , brush about 1/3 cup of the root beer glaze. Bake for another 20 minutes. 

Brush or pour the remaining glaze over your ham and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Makes me hungry...

It is very juicy and the sweetness of the glaze is not overpowering. 

Serve with roasted garlic red potatoes and asparagus.

You know what my husband and our girls loves to have the next day?  Making the navy bean soup!

How about you?  Do you have any special recipes for ham and left over ham?

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Happy cooking!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Letter of the Week : Ff

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 To save money , local library is a good option. You can also use whatever books you may have in your home library to supplement with the lesson.

From the library ...

From our book shelves..

  • Fish and Frog By Michele Knudsen ( image below)
  • Lucy and Bob by David Martin  ( image below)
 Our daughter enjoyed reading this paperbacks , the words are very simple. The illustrations are beautiful and simple..not too busy for preschoolers who are learning how to read.

We always start by saying the letter out loud. Teaching her the phonetic sound of the letter. Next is the line tracing and letter tracing of both  upper case and lower case letter F)

You can download this free letter Ff  tracing sheets here :

Letter Ff tracing - D'nealian

Letter Ff is for fish tracing - Standard

You can download these Do a Dot activities here :

Ff is for frogs and flies - Making Learning Fun

Ff  Do a Dot Activity - Confessions of a Homeschooler

We practiced counting skills , Download this clever printable here :

1 Fish 2 Fish by Where's My Knickers

We painted a fish bowl too... there is nothing more enjoyable for little kids than a messy painting activity.

We played a finding nemo puzzle. Lucy loves to play with puzzles, it does help with their fine motor skills by trying to fit each puzzle pieces, and patience.

I gathered a few pieces of things in our house that starts with the letter F. I read the words to her , pointing at the object. Then I shuffled all the words and asked her to place the matching words to the objects. It teaches her word familiarity .

We played the Let's Go Fishin' game. I do recommend this game, it is fun for them and it does help in their eye-hand coordination , concentration and can I tell you again that it teaches PATIENCE? . It does! Trust me , this 4 year old..lacks it , but it is understandable.

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 If you would like to incorporate bible teachings with your lessons , you can download and print,  Ff is for Fruits of the Spirit , click on this free printable :


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