3 Heart-Warming Books Your Preschooler Will Beg You To Read

Ladies let me tell you. I have been raising children for the better part of 27 years. Reading to them has always been one of my very favorite parts of the day. However, I will say when a new children’s book rolls out I am super excited. I am possibly even more excited than my kids because if I have to read The Foot Book one more time… You know what I am talking about, don’t you?  So let’s just say I am always looking for something new and exciting for me…err I mean them to read.

So here is my newest list of TOP 3 Favorite Children’s Books for the Preschool Crowd!


1- My Big Tree

When Maria came to me and offered me the opportunity to read her children’s book I was excited! Guess what! I was even more excited when I down loaded the book and opened it up. Oh, my, gosh! I was greeted with simple, soft, and sweet images of animals.  I knew right away that when Little Miss woke up and we could cuddle up for a story she would, in fact, love this.

My Big Tree -Childrens Book

Little Miss and I read this and I found, even more, to love about this book. It touches on colors, counting, sharing, needing space and also the need to be close to those you care about.

Some of the current things in her preschool homeschooling that we are working on.

As a three she is unaware of others feeling the need for space and this was a wonderful way of opening up that conversation with her as well as the need to be near those we love and enjoy being with. We also talked about sharing and why we should do so.

The book offers a simple story of one little bird finding a perfect tree to nest in while others find it just as wonderful for their needs. He finds it crowded and nests in another not so perfect tree. He realizes that perhaps the other tree was perfect.

I have to say, Maria’s writing and the photos in the book are a perfect night time or anytime story for the 2-4-year-old crowd. Little Miss and I both give it TWO big thumbs up!


2- Mine!

I don’t know about you and your little one but Little Miss is going through a hardcore not wanting to share phase. Good lord above PLEASE let it just be a phase. A very short one at that.

This book touches on the idea of why the main character Kitty does not want to share. She was having fun playing. On her own and in her own way.  Then her friend arrives and wants to add her special flair on Kitty’s play time.  As you can guess Kitty wants no part of her friend’s big ideas. Everything is MINE and her way! (Sounds familiar doesn’t it Moms?)

Mine! - Childrens Book

Little  Miss related to this book right away.  The bright colorful pages, the fun ideas that Kitty and her friend have and that dreaded sharing issue.

It is not only a cute colorful read with two sassy full of ideas little girls it is a wonderful teaching tool for sharing and kindness.

Little Miss and I also give this book two thumbs up and six giggles.


3- The Run Away Bunny

As a child, this was my favorite book. I read it to my kids and now I read it to Little Miss.I am sure you have heard of it or even read it as it is a children’s classic. With its soft sweet dream like pictures, it makes a wonderful bedtime read with the theme no matter what I will always love you.
The Runaway Bunny -Childrens BookHave you forgotten this one? Be sure to pick up a copy for your little one’s book collection.

Little Miss says this book gets two thumbs up as well!


What is your child’s current favorite book? How about yours? And let’s be honest what one can you no longer stand?



The Ultimate Checklist of Things You Need To Homeschool Your Preschooler

Hey, Moms! I am in the midst of finishing up my homeschool planning for this year. I have a preschooler and a high schooler this year. So exciting! In all this hustle and bustle to finish up my plans, I have been working on a list of things I have, will need and would like for Little Miss’s Little Preschool year. So here it is in all its glory. Before I forget Mama, enjoy your preschool homeschooling year!

This is my personal list some of these things are wishes and I will thrift shop for them. Nothing on this list is set in stone it is a nice starting point/ wish list. Many of these things will carry right over into Kindergarten and first grade as well.

I listed a few books that are the very minimum. Reading is so important to build a library of your own and if you have access utilize your local library.

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Arts & Craft Supplies

  • Water paints
  • Tempra paints
  • Finger paints
  • Finger painting paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Cray-pas
  • Chalk
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint pallet
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Construction paper
  • Safty scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Doodle Pad
  • Air dry Clay
  • Glitter
  • Glitter Glue
  • Old magazines for collages
  • Cotton balls
  • Craft sticks
  • Ribbons and string
  • Dot-a-dots
  • Craft jewels
  • Beads
  • Coloring books or pages
  • Heavy paper that will take wet paints
  • Easel
  • Colored sand
  • Streamers
  • Felt and foam

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Reading & Writing

  • Classic collection of fairy tales
  • Picture dictionary
  • Books about animals, neighborhoods, plants, and everyday things.
  • A collection of Dr. Suess books
  • Preschool Lined paper
  • Ticonderoga No. 2 Pencils (You will not be disappointed with this specific brand.)

  • Colored Pens
  • Preschool work books for reading and writing
  • White board and dry erase markers
  • Library Card


  • Manipulatives for counting, adding and subtracting
  • Ice cube tray for sorting
  • Large bead and string set for making patterns
  • Puzzles
  • Measuring cups
  • Ruler
  • Dice
  • Cards with Numbers on them
  • Clothes Pins for clipping on the correct about to the number cards and other activities
  • Beans, large pasta, M&M or other candies for counting and sorting


Large Motor Skills

  • Tricycle or small bike
  • Swing  slide and climbing equipment or access to a play ground
  • Ball
  • Jump rope
  • Hula hoop
  • Side walk chalk for creating hop scotch and other  things
  • Small trampoline
  • Items to create an indoor or outdoor obstacle course (Old tires, buckets, wide boards, or pillows, cushions, small items to walk around.)
  • Small yard rake, and shovel
  • Water table, with cups to pour.
  • Sand Box, shovels, and buckets

Fine Motor Skills

  • Play doh
  • Writing tools mentioned above
  • Smaller beads and string
  • Lacing cards
  • Medium and smaller lego Bricks
  • Plastic eggs to open and close
  • Broken crayons to color with. (Weird you say? Yes, but it develops even better fine motor skills in small children)

Creative and Pretend Play

  • Dress up clothes
  • Kitchen set with dishes and food
  • Baby dolls
  • Envelopes, “stamps” a pretend mail box
  • Cars and trucks
  • Play sets with people and animals such as a barn or house
  • Shopping cart
  • Cash register
  • Small broom, dust pan, and vacuum
  • Anything that pertains to a parent or relatives job (Brief case, safety vest, and hard hat, police uniform)
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5 Bedtime Routine Tricks for Toddlers That actually Work

Tips for getting your toddler go to bed and stay in bed. Five simple things you can start doing tonight. To create a simple bedtime routine and a peaceful sleeping environment so everyone can start sleeping again.

Your eyes are drooping to your knees but your toddler is running around jumping from couch to couch claiming war on bed time. Are you tired of bed time battles only to end up tip toeing around in the wee early hours of the morning because your toddler finally went to bed and you must have some sleep before they come running and screaming into your bed only to spend the rest of your sleepless night feeling like you spent the night fighting off  fifteen caffeinated ninjas?


Create a bedtime routine you can honestly live with.

bath before bedtime

Don’t start out with a six-hour routine that involves reading a million books, fifty stuffed animals arranged in alphabetical order from left to right along juniors foot board and 95 glasses of water and just 4,598 more questions. Keep it simple and real. Keep it the same every night. Bath, Jammies, teeth, book, kiss, hug, tuck, and lights out. It is easy and realistic to do for many years to come.

Consider a noise machine

I myself hate sleeping in a silent room because then every little noise jars me awake. Children are often the same. White noise is a wonderful tool to drown out nightly household noise as life continues after their bedtime.

What is their best sleeping temperature?

Like adults, children sleep better in certain temperatures. Some will want to be warmer and others on the cooler side. The trick is to figure that out with a younger child. Little Miss for one likes to be covered well but the room to be cooler because she gets too hot with her comforter on.

Stop screen time about an hour before bed.

Limit blue screens such as tablets, computers and TV to day use only as these screens will interrupt sleep patterns.
Giga limits my tablet time and we never use it before bed. She says the blue lights will make it so I am not sleepy. So I use it during the day.


According to the National Sleep Foundation, blue screens tell the brain it is time to be awake and alert and the body will not produce enough melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that tells the body it is sleepy. So it is advised to shut those screens down and maybe opt for a bit of classical music or reading instead.

Be Consistent and Firm.

baby sleeping

If they come out after being put to bed gently walk them back, place them in bed with out any fan fair and simply keep doing it. Be matter of fact about it. It may take many times, it may even take some tears (Them and you) But in the end, everyone should be sleeping far more soundly. Your bedtime routine if used consistently will become second nature if you stay firm on what bedtime means.

You may be interested in a recent post about choosing your toddlers first bed. [Read]


Cites :

Nation Sleep Foundation on Blue Lights and Kids

Bath and sleeping photos from pixabay.com

Love Jennifer

Toddler Bed is it Worth It?

Congratulations! Your little one is making the move from the crib into his or her big bed. Now the dilemma is should it be a twin or toddler bed? Both have pros and cons.

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Pros of a Toddler Bed

Sleeping Toddler

1- The have rails or higher sides built into prevent falls.

2- They are made lower to the floor so a child can get in and out of bed easier.

3- They use the crib mattress you already have.

4- They use the bedding you already have as well.

5- The do not take up a lot of space.

6- Toddler Beds can be very low-cost to get into.

7- The size of the bed is less overwhelming for a small child.

8- There are so many cute toddler bed designs to choose from.

Congratulations! Your little one is making the move from the crib into his or her big bed. Now the dilemma is should it be a twin or toddler bed? Both have pros and cons.

Cons of a Toddler Bed

1- There is not a lot of room for your toddler to move around so if they are a restless sleeper they will be banging into the rails.

2- Generally you will only get a year or two out of them so it is another temporary piece of furniture.

3- There is no room for an adult to lay on the bed with the toddler to read books, cuddle and so forth.

4- Most will not hold up to larger siblings sitting on them there are weight limits on most.

5-  Over the long haul you will have spent more money.


Our Experience

Twin Vs. Toddler Bed

For us, we did go to a toddler bed. Little Miss was obsessed with her Pop-Pops car and he found a car bed for her at a good price. That was a year ago when she was almost two. She is a very tall girl and an extremely restless sleeper. Her arms and legs would bang into the sides of the bed and wake her.

So we recently moved her into a twin.  I fully believe it would have been a better choice right from the start

For those worried about the height of a twin bed, you could start with just the mattress and box spring and later on add the frame.  Bedrails are a simple addition to prevent a small child from accidentally rolling out of bed.

While the toddler bed was a fun addition to her room she sleeps far better in her twin bed now.

If you enjoyed this post about raising toddlers maybe you will like our potty training post as well.


What are your thoughts on Toddler Bed Vs. Twin Beds for toddlers?