My daughter NJ is learning to read right now, and I have to be honest, sometimes it’s a challenge. She LOVES being read to, we read together every night, but she is less motivated to read on her own.
One of the reasons I created Petit Mail was to make reading fun and exciting.
Your story postcard arrives in the mailbox, you open up the bright envelope in excitement and read together. Key words are highlighted and I try to keep the sentences simple for early readers.
This month, I created a set of printable sight word flashcards to go along with the new “Milo Loves Reading” Petit Mail story postcard. This sight word flashcard set is perfect for reading practice at home with a bright background and featuring Petit Mail characters.
Let’s create a whole new generation who LOVES READING!
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So, I finally did it.
Let’s learn about different places around the world (or even in our own country) – it’s one of my favourite things about pen pals. You can spark new conversations and new learning, just by reading a letter!
See you in the group,
I get asked this question all the time
“How do you do it all”?
I’m never quite sure how to respond.
I mean, what, exactly, is “it all”?
I used to provide a somewhat lengthy response
“oh, you know, I don’t watch much TV….I have a very supportive husband who does a LOT….my house isn’t really that clean……..etc”.
Lately, I’ve changed my answer. Now I say “you always have time for the things you put first”. It sums up all of the above, and more. It says everything I want to say, without having to explain myself too much, and, most importantly, it’s true.
Parenting is always a challenging undertaking. As far as I can tell, that never stops.
There are beautiful, magical, heart-warming days, and there are days when you feel like you will never come up for air again.
Lately, I’m focusing more on the little moments with my kids. The moments that I feel I can have some control over.
These moments, the moments where I put down my technology and spent 15 minutes drawing with my daughter.
These moments, where we keep our weekends as free as possible so that we can enjoy family time together.
These moments, when the supper table is magically free from whining, stalling and other general unpleasantness and we can talk about our days.
I’m focusing here, in these moments, and it has made me a lot calmer, and a lot happier.
I’m putting quality time first.
I plan ahead, so I’m less rushed.
I schedule carefully, so we don’t overcommit.
I say no to some things, to make room for other things.
Always full of big ideas, I save many of those ideas for later. There will be time for those things, they don’t all have to happen right now.
I try to let go when things don’t go quite according to plan.
I make time for reading together. For playing together, even if that means that all of the laundry doesn’t get finished today.
I make time for myself, which makes me a 100% better parent.
You always have time for the things you put first.