Zootiful!

IMG_1378

The zoo couldn’t have been a better place for our last-minute play date.  The best part about having a zoo membership is that it doesn’t matter if you stay digging for fossils for 80% of your visit…hey why not…you can always come back tomorrow!

IMG_1368IMG_1372

I do wonder how often that rock pit get’s cleaned…and to never have that thought again…

IMG_1398IMG_1405IMG_1416IMG_1424IMG_1435IMG_1451

A future Paleontologist?

Reagan’s Outfit-

Grosgrain Bow Hat from Janie and Jack

Swan t-shirt from Target (tons of super cute and cheap play tops)

Jersey Leggings from Old Navy

Chuck Taylors from converse.com

Pink Horse Socks from Ralph Lauren

Word World

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 9.30.44 AM

Welcome to the place where words come alive! Word World has been Reagan’s show of choice for the past few months. Luckily, we have Hulu and can access multiple episodes at anytime. I absolutely love doing hands on activities with Reagan, however, there are times when the TV saves me from a serious melt down as I try to wean Reagan from her morning breast feed. It also, at times, is the perfect addition to a letter, word or color that we are learning or simply just allows for me to unload the dishwasher.
Word World is bright, colorful, fun and musical! The characters are animals and mostly everything, including the characters, in Word World are shaped by the spelling of their names.After doing a little research on the show I discovered that it is partially funded by the United States Department of Education as part of the Ready to Learn literacy initiative targeted to 3- to 7-year olds, and airs in 10 languages and in 90 countries! The show aims to focus on print awareness, Phonics sensitivity and letter knowledge, Reading comprehension (including vocabulary development) and socio-emotional skills. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordWorld)
This is a fabulous show for teaching early literacy skills. Reagan is in love with the show; she is singing, dancing and spelling every time that it’s on!  I absolutely approve of dog, frog, pig and sheep building words at my house!

Here’s a clip from one of Reagan’s favorite episodes !