life in May

We always have squirrels visiting our balcony. This particular one was quite brave and ran inside the house.

Impromptu concert while walking past the lake. Being a pedestrian can definitely have its perks.

Emma’s old mattress is now a reading spot next to her bookshelf. Conrad the alligator has also stayed close by.

Working hard at letter practice.

When Emma’s desk is not in use it makes a nice secret hideout/store front.

Listening is where love begins

"Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then our neighbors." Fred Rogers

“Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then our neighbors.”
Fred Rogers

I sometimes read books and speeches by Mister Fred Rogers when I need support. His words are golden. Here are a few more of my favorites to share with you today.

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”

“The connections we make in the course of a life–maybe that’s what heaven is.”

“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

“In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of — moments when we human beings can say “I love you,” “I’m proud of you,” “I forgive you,” “I’m grateful for you.” That’s what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff.”

“It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.”

“Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and our anger flow in tears when they need to. It takes strength to talk about our feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it.”

books we have read together this year

Emma’s Kindergarten Read Aloud Book List

chapter books:

Frozen chapter book series
Children of Noisy Village series
Mermaid Tales series
Usborne Mermaid Stories
Jenny Linsky and the Cat Club series
Pippa Mouse
Mary Poppins
Alice in Wonderland
Winnie the Pooh
Sophie’s Adventures
Betsy Tacy
Me and My Sister Clara

non-fiction:

Charles Darwin’s Around the World Adventure
Waste: Where Does My Garbage Go
Amazing Women A-Z
Story of the World Vol.1

picture book favorites:

Angelina Ballerina series
Hannah’s Hotel series
Ling & Ting series
This Is How We Do It
The Dolls’ Christmas
Will Moses’ Mother Goose
The Sandwich Swap
Extra Yarn
Red Knit Cap Girl
Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear

audio stories:

Circle Round story time podcast (NPR)
Beatrix Potter anthology
Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery
Just So Stories
Frozen
Frog & Toad