Posts Tagged ‘toddler’

A handy parent’s guide that turns professional language development into child’s play

Every new parent waits expectantly for their child’s first words. But if this milestone is late to arrive, they quickly become concerned. Luckily, Talking with Your Toddler contains speech language techniques that anxious parents can use to encourage late talkers to begin verbalizing. Based on proven speech therapy techniques, the 50 activities in this book encourage and expand language while simultaneously providing kids with endless entertainment. These educational exercises can be incorporated seamlessly into typical daily routines. From naming every clothing piece when getting dressed to exclaiming “pop!” when popping bubbles during playtime, these simple lessons make talking fun. The book includes step-by-step directions and detailed worksheets to ensure that the techniques work in an easy-to-follow, unintimidating way.

Paperback, 120 pages, Ulysses Press

This new title from Ulysses Press is targeted for parents of children ages 2 to 5. Full of helpful information, advice, and encouragement, I would recommend it to new parents and to parents of a little one (ages 2-5) with a speech concern. There is a lot of common sense reading and ideas already thought of. It had some needed reminders and new activities. A quick read.

Ulysses Press provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Low-Pressure Guide to Parenting Your Preschooler is brilliantly written to liberate parents from the expectations of having to be super-parents. It relieves the pressure to follow long lists of rules, to be perfect, and to be enslaved by the idea that, “If you don’t do this, your kids will turn out terribly.” This book shows parents that it’s really not their job to make sure their child turns out “right.” Instead, the author encourages parents to learn the much simpler and more rewarding role God has for them

paperback, 224 pages, Focus on the Family

Available October 1, 2016

The four principles in this book are excellent and just what I needed to read. As a parent -starting again/retirement on hold for some time -I found this book very helpful and would recommend it for reducing stress and making parenting much simpler and more rewarding. Would have loved to have read this years ago.

Tyndale House Publishers provided an advanced reader copy of The Low-Pressure Guide To Parenting Your Preschooler in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

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A New York Times Children’s Bestseller!

Eight ingenious pull tabs, seven pettable textures, and an astonishing fold-out finale deliver interactive surprises on every page as a cast of irresistible critters use their heads to demonstrate opposites, actions, and more!

18 page board book for ages 2-up.

This board book has sturdy push and pull tabs that move various parts in the story. It includes some textures, and rhymes, and lots of animals. A great interactive book for little hands and minds. My copy has a very special personalized finale page – thank you Matthew for your polar bear addition!

Matthew Van Fleet provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Amazing Action Alphabet Flip ChartThe Amazing Action Alphabet is so successful because it takes the abstract alphabet-with its shapes, names, and sounds-and presents it to the learner in terms based on knowledge that most children already have and understand.

About the Amazing Action Alphabet

The Amazing Alphabet Flip Chart was reviewed by me with my 2 year old boy. It’s sized 6 x 9, spiral-bound, with card stock pages printed on both sides. From the See Hear Do Company, I love this approach. For each letter of the alphabet, there is an animal that creates the shape of the letter (see). There is also a story for that letter (hear) and an action activity to include with the story (do). Excellent resource for families.

Other products available in addition to this flip chart so I recommend visiting their web site.

The See Hear Do Company provided The Amazing Action Alphabet to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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An independent publisher of books and resources for people who work with children with developmental disabilities or learning delays.

Early Literacy in Action

Lay flat format/ 608 pages.

Enhance young children’s language skills with this proven play-focused preschool curriculum, drawn from more than 20 years of field testing and outcomes! This highly adaptable, flexible program is a practical and significantly expanded follow-up to the bestselling Building a Language Focused Curriculum for the Preschool Classroom.

Building Language Throughout the Year

Spiral-bound / 456  pages

For children from low-resource backgrounds, a literacy-rich preschool experience with a skilled and engaged teacher can make all the difference—it can offset risk factors and lay the groundwork for lifelong academic success. Now schools can ensure effective early literacy instruction with this field-tested, research-based curriculum for children 3 to 5 years of age.

Both books start with case studies and analyses. This reading is somewhat interesting but the lesson plans are what I -and probably most people- are interested in. The lesson plans (“field-tested, research-based curriculum”) are for preschool students (ages 3-5). They are written for a preschool facility but the lessons can easily be used in a home school classroom. Lots of good activities and suggestions for the school year.(40/41 weeks) The lesson plans in the second book, Building Language Throughout the Year,  would be my preferred choice. The layout is more user friendly (single page layout) with room on the page for adding notes or even record keeping. Whether from a “low-resource background” (as this book was designed for) or not, I think the information in this book is helpful for ALL preschool age children.

Brookes Publishing Co. provided complimentary copies for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.



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Written by Cara Tambellini Danielson, a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She specializes in pediatric speech and language development. Her book was designed to help children learn first words and improve articulation.

It is a perfect little book for any toddler! My reviewer for this book was a two year old boy with a bit of a speech delay.

Target words in the book: up, mop, hop, beep, cup, hat, bat, hot, eat, boat, book, kick, cake, bike, duck.

Repetition used. The format allows for a little one to join in -and say- the last word of the sentence.

Illustrations are great. And I think that’s equally as important as content. In this book of few words, the pictures were clear and background color changes were cleverly different to keep attention. Easy to Say First Words - Inside Page 2

I received this book from Cara Rambellini Danielson in exchange for an honest blog review.


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Product Overview:

Toggle Toes™ were uniquely designed to stay on little feet with the secure toggle fastener. Tested on dozens of babies and mother approved! The non-slip sole is made with high quality Toughtek™ and will allow your child to “feel” the floor while learning how to walk. All this while keeping them warm and comfortable.

Child's slipper, booties, soft sole shoe from Toggle Toes in preshool size 24-36 months, child's shoe size 7-8


My reviewer has worn/tested a pair of Toggle Toes in preschool size (shoe size 7 -8).

These blue and cream Berber fleece slippers have been very user/mom friendly. They are easy on and easy off.  The toggle closure can be loosened and tightened for the best comfy fit. And this toggle system “ensures that the booties only come off when you want them too”.

Indeed, they have stayed on for bedtime and for all sorts of indoor play keeping reviewer’s feet warm. They have a safe non-slip (hardwood floor tested) flexible sole. And are machine washable (not washer tested yet. will update with results)

Easily available on Etsy in many sizes and fun fabric styles. You can also read more about owner Beth Rekstad and how Toggle Toes started.

Did I mention that they’re “Eco”?  Toggle Toes are a handmade item made with recycled wool sweaters and/ or polar fleece. And the workforce behind Toggle Toes? Beth has shared with me that she “approached a Hmong church in my area and have trained about 8 women to cut & sew my booties. Most have children at home and are still learning English. They are wonderful, hard working and talented women. It gives me joy to provide employment to them.” Her goal is also to donate profits in the form of booties to kids in need. wow!

Notes From Dawn received a pair of Toggle Toes slippers in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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Super Undies

 Super Undies doesn’t just make potty training pants, we make potty training fun.  Our potty training products come in a variety of styles to suit your lifestyle the best, but all of them have this great hidden pocket that allows you to adjust the absorbency of your training pants. Each potty trainer can go from a diaper to training pants and back, just by using inserts! Now when you need the absorbency of a diaper, you don’t have to bust out disposables, which can cause potty training confusion and delay the process. Just use Super Undies!

Reviewed: Hybrid Undies

LIKE. The Hybrid Undies are potty training pants and an alternative to disposables (in this case, an alternative to pull-ups). Perfect for the last bit of serious toilet training. Good for any DAY time accidents since they give a wet feeling. (they don’t hold much volume, so not “super” absorbent, even with added inserts) 

{My Eco confession: I feel obligated to disclose that I choose to use disposables. Just too much effort and too many cleaning supplies needed otherwise.}

Potty Training Pants - Hybrid Undies

Notes From Dawn received the Super Undies Hybrid from Super Undies in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Coin Laundry

Aprons, towels, and napkins for the kitchen. Onsies and tees for little people.

Shop this brand and enjoy vintage graphics. Love their eco efforts. 

My review-

a Towel. The “Beat it” kitchen towel has a vintage hand beater image on a flour sack style towel. Measures 30″ by 30″. I use a flour sack towel cause they are lint free, quick drying, and useful for a multitude of household purposes. 

a Tee. An acorn graphic with “I will be mighty” on a green tee. Sweet little shirt with a positive message!  Available in 2, 4, and 6T.

Beat it Kitchen Towel

I Will Be Mighty Toddler Kids Tee

both are 100% cotton and hand screen printed in Montana with earth friendly, water based inks and solvents. 

my Two Cents. Knowing that conventional cotton uses a ton of pesticides, the better choice would be using organic cotton or bamboo. 

Notes From Dawn received a towel and a tee from The Coin Laundry in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Play For Keeps

Here’s where you can shop for Eco friendly toys to put under your tree!

Play For Keeps has a variety of Eco-friendly toys that are free from BPA, PVC, and Phthalates. Many are also made from renewable or recycled sources.

Take a look at the …..



This eco-friendly Shape Sorter by Green Toys is made in the USA from recycled milk jugs. It features a 2 part elliptical and 8 fun shapes to put inside. The 2 sides easily twist apart to let the shapes out. No BPA, phthalates, PVC, or external coatings, and also meets FDA food contact standards. Dishwasher safe.

Ages 6 months and up

Dimensions: Sorter 8″ diameter

Shapes approximately 1.5″ H


I found this to be an outstanding toy! Sturdy plastic that’s surprisingly lightweight. No sharp edges and the two pieces of the shape sorter twist and lock together easily. The shapes are easy to hold with little eco reminders on each one.


I love the soft colors which are a nice switch from traditional primary colors. 



Play For Keeps has toys for little ones ages 0-7+; shop for safe, fun, and educational toys….and make the world a better place.

I received the Shape Sorter from Play For Keeps to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. 

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