Caregiver s Corner Monthly Nesletter

Hello, Friend!

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Happy May, and Happy Mother's Day!

While every day is caregiver celebration day in my book -- today I want to send a special shout out to the myriad of magnificent mammas in our little corner of the Internet.

To honour biological mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, foster mothers, adoptive mothers, and more.

To send love to mothers who are waiting for their littles to arrive, mothers whose children who are no longer with us, and to anyone grieving a mother who is no longer here themselves. <3

So to every mother who has cared for, created a home for, and loved a child with all their heart -- I hope your day is filled with love and joy and appreciation for the courageous, determined, resilient, kind, amazing person you are.

And if you're a caregiver whose partner or loved one is a mother, and you're in need of an easy-but-adorable last minute gift, keep scrolling, I've got you covered. ;)


Early Literacy Tip for May

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Click & Save Phone Wallpaper -- a little visual reminder to help you reclaim YOUR reading time.

Before we get to this month's early literacy tip, I'd like to ask you a question.

When was the last time you sat down and read something YOU wanted to read? Something that was JUST for you?

If it’s been longer than you’d like, I want to let you in on a little secret we early literacy professionals call modelling, because it just might change your reading life.

Modelling is the practice of doing something YOU want to do -- like reading -- while your little one does it too. Only instead of reading a book together, you read your book and they read theirs.

Depending on your little one’s age and stage, it might takes few tries for them to get the hang of sticking to their book, instead of interrupting you while you read yours. ;)

But the reason modelling works is because kiddos LOVE to copy what their grownups do.

So if you stick with it, it's more likely they will too.

And if your little one is too young to read the words of a book on their own, don’t worry, this practice can work for them too.

Pretending to read, and physically exploring a book, is great preparation for kiddos who aren't reading words yet.

So if your little one’s participation looks more like them playing with a book than reading it, that’s okay.

Remember, all book time is time well spent.


Online Storytime

If you're in need of a quality resource to engage your little one(s) while you read that novel (or maybe catch up on your own favourite show) look no further than this month's throwback online storytime!

One of my personal favourites, this episode features a beautiful book written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, called I Wish You More.

I promise it will be screen time well spent.

The book starts around the 4:37 mark, if you want to jump right in.


Offline Activity

Looking for that last-minute Mother's Day gift I mentioned up top? You found it, Friend!

Inspired by the book from this month's featured storytime, it's called the Flower of Wishes, and it comes with a pre-designed, printable flower template and some cut-and-paste petals that you and your little one can decorate with wishes for the mom(s) that you love.

Grab your copy now from our Little Readers Resource Library by clicking the button below.


No Printer? No Problem!

If you don't have access to a printer, you and your little one(s) can easily make your own Flower of Wishes with items you already have around the house.

Petals can be cut out of coloured paper, tissue, wrapping paper, cardboard or even the pages of an old book. And if the design of the paper makes it difficult to write the wishes on top, you can always label around each petal once the flower is assembled.

Are your kiddos too little to write the wishes themselves? Not to worry!

Asking for their answers and writing what they say is a great way to introduce them to the practice of writing -- and show them that what they have to say matters!


That's It, My Friend!

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Thank you again for welcoming me into your inbox and spending this time with me today.

I do hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, whether you're a mom yourself, or you're celebrating a mom that you love.

And if you do happen to make a Flower of Wishes with your little one, I'd love to see it! Feel free to snap a pic and send it my way.

Until next month, take care and happy reading!

Tanya Bee


p.s. If this day is difficult for you, please know that I see you. Your story is welcome here, too. <3

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