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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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Only a few more days till the Elkhart county 4-H fair

This is so exciting!!? I have about 10 boxes of books to bring to the fair this year.  But not all of the books I bought will be there because *someone* saw Illustrated Stories from Aesop and just had to buy it for her son.  And who could blame her: the pictures are luscious.  Her son and his little sister are loving storytime!  She also bought Peek Inside Beauty & the Beast and a couple other books.  The little girls really like this version of Beauty & the Beast.  As soon as I finished reading it to them, one of the...

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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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How Young Children Are Wired To Learn From Play

Having fun and playing is actually educational. You already know children love to play, but did you know that young children are actually wired to learn from play? Play isn't just something enjoyable for kids. It's a vital educational tool that helps with their lifelong development. Their brains are made to experience the world in a playful way. Children are born with 100 billion neurons. During the first few years of life, the brain goes through a variety of changes as children go through various experiences. As children begin to learn new things, the number of synapses...

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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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1001 Things to Spot

1001 _______ Things to Spot is a series of books that has lots of things to find on every page. ?The child is given the task of finding 4 goats or 9 spiders, etc. ? It keeps the little ones busy while you're in a waiting room or in the car or at the soccer field, anywhere in which the kids need to be wait quietly. ?As soon as they find 4 goats, they immediately begin looking for the 6 sheep, etc. ?Big Book of Things to Spot is a collection of four of these books: Town, Long Ago, Farm,...

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Why you should read to your baby

from the NYC office of early childhood education: Focus on Literacy - A love of reading begins long before your child starts preschool. Every time you hold your child and read aloud, he experiences the joys of reading and connects to the reading experience. This will help your child develop literacy and reading skills, which will help him become a successful independent reader in the future. Don't wait till the child is old enough to understand the story in a picture book; that's too late. Begin reading to him as soon as he's born and you can hold him &...

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