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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.

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


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
Frog & Toad


Yesterday I got a membership to the YMCA and Emma and I went swimming. It was neat to visit Grace’s kids pool in the Berkeley Y and it was warm. We were so happy to swim together. I realized that we both were in need of some swim sandals and that we should really bring our own towels next time. The towel that they give you is quite small. Here are some colorful fun options that I have been spying: Birkenstocks Arizona sandals, Madewell striped towel, Mara Hoffman bathing suit.