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Changes to the website

I have liked my website being just a stream-of-consciousness with photos to demonstrate what I'm saying, but now I want a site that shows off the books...like the way my favorite dress shop shows off their dresses.  I have so many unique titles that I won't add and take photos of everything, because I would spend all day replacing the photos of sold books.  I will add some books from each type of book, puzzle, etc. that I carry so that you can get a small taste of what is here.  If my webmaster son can do it, CedarStone.org will...

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Why you shouldn’t homeschool

If you haven't read about why you shouldn't homeschool (by a homeschooling mom), you have to read it. Be ready to laugh, because she goes through all the reasons that non-homeschooling people mention as to why we shouldn't do it. [caption id="attachment_1180" align="alignright" width="300"] Acting out one of our many Greek plays. Pink Panther is playing the part of one of the nephews of Thystes[/caption]

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Why play is important for babies and toddlers

[click here to find toddler games] Play might not be the first thing on your list when youre busy changing dirty diapers and getting up for 4 AM feedings. However, even the smallest forms of play early on are important for your babys development. Simple forms of play are ideal for babies and toddlers. It gives them a developmental boost that helps them the rest of their lives. Plus, whats more fun than making babies laugh? Play Starts At The Beginning Play begins from day one. While your newborn cant play with toys and run around like a toddler would,...

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New books for the summer

To see all the new books, meet me at the Elkhart county 4-H fair July 20th to July 28th. This is just the first shipment. The other books are still on the way! Just a few of our newest books - publishers are Usborne & Kane Miller. [caption id="attachment_1156" align="alignleft" width="300"] King Arthur (graphic novel, ages 12+), Axel & Beast (chapter book, ages 7-11), Are You There Little... (board book)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1157" align="alignright" width="300"] Illustrated Stories, chapter books, That's Not My...[/caption]

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Homework

When your kids are learning, they need reference books. Depending upon google to find answers is a bad idea because google finds everything the internet has to offer instead of just the sites that have accurate information! Don't let the internet fill your child's memory with nonsense; give them the facts. Very active kids learn better when they are moving while they learn. Usborne has that covered, too, with theirLook InsideandSee Insideseries. Peek Insideis for the youngest ages,Look InsideandLift-the-Flapare aimed at elementary-school aged, andSee Insideis written for the oldest kids. [Don't let these guidelines stop you from getting an older...

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A series for girls who like mermaids or friendship

Far out in the ocean live the Shell-Keeper mermaids. While the rest of the world sleeps, one little girl joins them for some magical mermaid adventures. Molly is like any other little girl when her family move to Horseshoe Bay. So when her gran gives her a pretty shell necklace, Molly never dreams it could be enchanted ...or that she could become a secret mermaid Click here to shop A review from the publisher's website: This is a wonderful series for early readers, there are some pictures to entice them andfun adventures of a young girl.This does say it is...

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Reading to children

Sharing books with children has many wonderful benefits and it will give you the opportunity to cuddle up, relax and share a special moment with your child. And remember, it's never too early or late to start! Reading with your child can: Develop his language skills Help you bond with him Help him feel more relaxed Boost his confidence Encourage him to draw and write Give him a head start in life --Scottish Book Trust [caption id="attachment_925" align="alignnone" width="300"] Lots of new books to choose from!![/caption]

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Picture books for teens and adults

Picture books are not just for kids under 10. "They are excellent spring-boards for creative writing in middle school and high school and should be read by teens who will love theirbeautiful illustrations and lyrical language.Anthony Brown, children's laureate in the United Kingdom thinks the cry for graphic novels is the result of people being dragged away from picture books too early." Dad and daughter reading a Shine-A-Light book If you as an adult can enjoy a good picture book when you read it to your child, whywouldn't a 16-year-old also enjoy it? The key is finding beautiful picture books...

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