In the wee small hours of the morning....two moms were chatting from almost 2000 miles apart. They were seperated by two times zones, 30+ driving hours, a very large mountain range and more rivers than you want to count...but connected by good friendship and four little girls who adore each other....

Monday, March 7, 2011

In the spirit of the Iditarod and our book selections for the month, we made our nature table, wipe off board and book wall all match!! Check back often to see what we've added!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Danger The Dog Yard Cat....

To celebrate the start of the Iditarod, we pulled out all our favorite Alaskan related books and even a few Alaska Magazines that I have saved over the years. The one on top is one I have held onto since I was a kid! The girls loved looking thru the pictures and ads and pointing out things they recognized from the stories we've been reading!

Next came our craft! What's more fun than acting our our very own dog race! We took a sturdy paper plate and decorated it with all the details of the race... The start in Anchorage, the trees, river and frozen lakes and finally the end in Nome!
Then made little animals and taped them to a magnet, set it on the plate and attach another magnet to a popcycle sticks and move it under the magnet already resting on the plate! Watch your animals "run"!

You can run your own miniature version of the Iditarod! :) This idea could be used for any theme really! I'd love to see what else you end up using it for! If you do, be sure to leave your link in a message and I'll add it to the post for others to see too! :)

In addition to the book, we also watched this video. It is kind of a decumentary but more like a personal home movie of his journey to the Iditarod. The girls and I really enjoyed it and just had to share this music video...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Coming this month!

Our blog was featured on Helping Little Hands! Check there each day for new books to read and activities to make! What a fabulous month of reading we are going to have!!!

And.... for a theme for reading on our blog this month, check back weekly for new books about the far north! Alaska it is!!! Did you know that the Iditarod, the last great race, starts on Saturday? Since we can't be there in person we are making the best of it and reading everything related to it that we can get our hands on! And of course we're crazy about this song!!

FYI- While our family are HUGE fans of Hobo Jim songs, please be sure to listen to his other songs before letting our kids listen to them. :) They may not all be suitable for your family. :)