Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

Yippie! It's Friday! I'm really looking forward to family time this weekend. My husband was unexpectedly out of town the majority of the week (he was home every night but was averaging about 16-18 hours of work each day and last night topped off at 19 hours). There's a TON that needs to be done around the house but I'll take the reign on that so he can relax and spend time with Elizabeth.

Since it's Friday that means it's time for my Friday Favorites! This week I'm focusing on Elizabeth's favorites. 

Elizabeth is almost 11 months and her personality shines every. single. day.  She is the happiest, most energetic almost-toddler I've ever met. While I'm behind on my baby updates (I'll be sure to do it this weekend), she is growing and learning so much every day. She makes sure to tell us what her favorites are so I'm sharing them with you today!

1. Storytime with mama and dada. 
by Dallas Clayton 
$12.82 on Amazon Prime
My inner teacher squeals any time she hands me a book. As a reading teacher, I know how crucial it is to develop a love for reading at a young age - even as a baby! This week Elizabeth discovered a book that has been on her bookshelf since before she was born. I received it as part of a book exchange and it's a beautiful book. It's not a board book so I'm super careful with watching her while she looks at it, but I think it's important for her to have access to other books other than board books. I don't let her look at this one independently, she's usually on my lap as I read it to her. Several times this week, she grabbed the book, handed it to me, and sat on my lap. Melt. My. Heart. The pictures are very colorful and the story is beautiful.

2. Independent reading time.
by Roger Priddy
$3.30 on Amazon Prime 
Again, as a reading teacher, I ensure that Elizabeth has time every day to look at books independently. It's amazing to see how well she holds a book (knows when it's upside down and fixes it) and independently turns the pages (sometimes she turns two by accident but that's okay). She LOVES this book. She will sit in her pack and play or in the playroom looking at the pages. She will point to things she knows like baby, kitty, and a few others. If she's sitting by her mini-bookshelf she will pull off all of the books but she'll stop at this one to look at it. This is a great book to teach words and it's even recommended by speech-language pathologists! :)

3. Playtime
$22.97 on Amazon Prime 
Elizabeth loves playtime. One of her favorites is this train. We actually brought it to Buffalo with us last month because she loves it so much. It's a great toy because it has several different "stages" that teach different things - ABCs, colors, numbers, etc. There are also 50+ songs programmed within the toy! The train makes choo-choo sounds and even moves! Elizabeth loves to chase it around the house! Along with train, there are three toys - a puppy, monkey, and frog. Naturally I couldn't find the frog when I was snapping this picture, but it's definitely her favorite - I wonder where she hid it! 

What are your favorite toys for your almost-toddler?

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  1. Aw! I babysit my toddler nephew all the time, and he loves these kinds of books. Lately, we have been reading lots of Dr. Seus

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    1. Yes! She loves Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You!?! LOL! :)

  2. There is nothing cuter than little ones looking at books on their own. :) My youngest (well, actually all of mine) love to go to bed with their books. :) Reminds me of when I was younger!

  3. Great board book- my 3 year old used to love that one!

  4. I can't wait to read books to my little one! I used to be an elementary school teacher, so I have a huge stash ready to go for her. :)

  5. I'm going to have to look into the first book..sounds great. My youngest two (twins) are already three, but they love being read to. They do each have one of the trains too.

  6. I love gifting books for people of all ages and will certainly add your reviewed ones to my list!

  7. A someone who loves reading in large part because my parents read to me when I was younger, I'm always happy to hear about people reading with their kids! I think it's great :)

  8. These are awesome for the little ones! My kids have a tremendous love of reading thanks to reading with them so often when they were small and them seeing me reading all the time! Love these :)

  9. I LOVE An Awesome Book of Love! So cute!
    xo, Caitlin
    And Possibly Dinosaurs

  10. What a fun post! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing your current favorites!


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