I am sharing reviews to some of my favorite reads that you might be interested in. I am NOT compensated for these reviews. If I receive a free e-book for a review I will disclose that in my review. This are my own thoughts and views.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Putter and the Red Car: A Cross-Country Family Adventure Putter and the Red Car: A Cross-Country Family Adventure by Kate K. Lund

Putter and the Red Car: A Cross-Country Family AdventurePutter and the Red Car: A Cross-Country Family Adventure by Kate K. Lund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free ebook of this book from #wisemediagroup in exchange for my honest review.
My preschooler loves Cars and dogs. So when I received this ebook we sat down and read. Putter is a Airedale Terrier and the story is told in his voice. The family is taking a cross country drive, actually they are moving form the East Coast to the West Coast. Along the way they stop in well known cities to see the sites, visit friends, play. Was a great story to use with a USA map so my child could find the cities talked about and follow along on his map. US Geography, here we come.
The pictures were great, done in a style of children they helped convey the feeling of the story coming from a "child" going through some major changes and finding adventure in the ride.

I have been wanting to get more US Geography learning done with my children and books like this one really help my younger children grasping some of the concepts or States, National Parks,  and major cities. 

You can find it here on Amazon If you have Kindle unlimited it is $2.99 at the moment of me writing this post. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Book Review: The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children EffectivelyThe 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively by Gary Chapman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishing Newsroom in exchange for my honest review.

A couple years (Jan 2014) ago I listened to the audio recording of this book and here is that review:
Loved this whole idea. Have a lot of work and changing that I have to do in order to show my children how much I truly do love them and fill them emotionally.

As much as I like to listen to audio books (they help when I have to multi-task), there is a change in my brain that just clicks when I read the written word. This is also a book I read with a pencil in hand. This idea for the 5 Love Languages has been around for a number of years now, and to me, they still make sense to use. Each of my children, have a different personalities, that is what makes life so interesting, and it would make sense that they would receive and give love differently. Each chapter is broken down to cover one of the Love Languages and how to use them effectively with our children. Mr Chapman even gives short personal accounts on how each has been used effectively and ineffectively.
One thing I do like is that fact that all 5 types of Love should be used and should be used alone, with no contingents.
I know I have a ways to go to be the perfect parent but I do hope my children know that I love them, and I hope that I can use these ideas to tell them that in their own special way.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Review: 8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child's Intelligences by Kathy Koch, PhD

8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child's Intelligences8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child's Intelligences by Kathy Koch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have heard about and know a small amount of information about multiple intelligence. During the past few years I have been doing my own research into this fascinating "idea" (can't think of the right word, more than an idea) . One of my children is having a hard time in school, they are brilliant and very smart, but struggles in the school environment. After some research I know why this is the case and it comes down to having some of the multiple intelligence's, that are not used or looked down on, in a public school setting.

I had the opportunity to receive 8 Great Smarts by Kathy Koch, PhD. from Moody Publishing for free in exchange for this honest review. All views are my own. 

I have to saw there have been only a handful of books, that I have read with a pencil in my hand, this is now my most marked up, note written book I have.
Dr. Kathy Koch, uses information from both Dr. Howard Gardener and Dr Tom Armstrong, in writing this book. She writes in a "every man way" (thank you) so that we, as parents and teachers can understand and help our children with their SMARTS. We are all smart and not all in the same way, how boring would that be.

This book is written from a Christian based view point, so if you do have problems with that you may want to skip over those parts.

Each chapter is dedicated to one of the 8 smarts. Word Smart, Logic Smart, Picture Smart, Music Smart, Body Smart, Nature Smart, People Smart and Self Smart. One thing I did find sort of annoying, yet helpful to was that each chapter used exactly the same format and wording, just with the different smart written in.

I would have like a bit more information about each smart and how to develop it in my children, and myself, but the information given was great and a very good jumping off spot for me.
She has a web link in the book for your children to take a quiz and find out what their Smarts are. One thing Dr Koch, drills is "Smarts don't work alone and each person will have more than one smart to draw from in any given situation" I have found that my Smart Child is strong in Body and Nature Smarts. We need to develop, awaken interest in the others. I have an other child who has strong Smarts on 5 different ways. A third child is strong in 3 Smarts.

You may be asking, does these Smarts have any thing to do with Learning Styles? I had the same question. Yes and No. Learning styles are how a child learns best using their dominate Smarts, but just because a child in a Visual Learner doesn't make them Picture Smart. Tactile Learners aren't necessarily, Body Smart. Dr Koch does explain the differences in this book also.

Reading through this book I have been able to better understand my spouse and myself also. For as Dr. Koch also says, "it is never to late to awaken a God given smart"

I am looking forward to reading more from Dr. Kathy Koch.

You can find more about this book here at 8greatsmarts.com

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