Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! We know that’s still a week away, but you know what the great thing is about  American holidays being celebrated outside of America? You can do it whenever you want 🙂

Check out some of the highlights of our awesome Halloween party!

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Aren’t our kids adorable? Happy Halloween everyone!

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Great Book Themed Parties for Kids

This week we told the story of a little rabbit who loves the surprise his friends, only to have his own friends surprise him with a birthday party! So in the spirit of celebrating, we have a few book-themed parties to give you some inspiration for your next giant bananza!

  1. To get us started, check out these adorable “bookworms” 

2. Reading the Stinky Cheese Man to your class? Get them involved with Stinky Cheese Platters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. There’s also the ADORABLE ideas in this post

4. Lastly… check out our fun Very Hungry Caterpillar food party from this spring. Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

Party on folks!

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Baking with Kids

So… how many of you guys are in love with baking shows? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. My friend recently introduced me to The Great British Bake-Off, and I’m officially hooked. There’s something fun about watching someone mix together some raw ingredients and making something delicious and pretty. Sometimes, if we’re feeling confident, we can even go and make the things we see on television.

Of course adults aren’t the only ones who enjoy baking: kids love it too! It’s a great way to get them involved in the kitchen and allow them to get a little messy as well. cooking class-1

Last week the kids made poğaça, a Turkish savory bun. It was kind of difficult at first, but our kids did a great job working through it and being patient.

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As tempting as it is to do some of the things for them, such as cracking the egg, it’s so much more rewarding for them if they learn to do it themselves.

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By far their favorite part was the mixing! That’s one of the best parts of baking, right up there with eating the finished product… or tasting the dough… or cracking the eggs… (can you tell I like baking?)

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Unfortunately all of the finished poğaça was gone before I got to take any photos (those kids eat fast!), but if you’d like to try out some Turkish cuisine for yourself and your kids, you can find a great recipe here. That blogger made cheese stuffed poğaça, but we made ours plain and it was still super yummy!

Happy baking everyone!
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Dinosaur Roar!

This weekend was a dinosaur weekend! Which, of course, means it was the best weekend ever!  After reading one of our favorite books, Dinosaur Roar!, we made homes for our dinosaurs with our kinetic sand and neon glasses!

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Don’t forget to feed them!

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The dinosaurs had so much fun, they even gave us a big ole kiss!

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Thanks for playing everyone! See you next week!

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Pretty Princesses and Apple Cookies

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you get to go outside and explore? Make any cool crafts?

Well this weekend at Kids Nook, we were soooo lucky to have a visit from our favorite child friendly baker Yasemin!

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With a few key ingredients…

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We sifted…

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Mixed…

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And ate our lovely snacks during story time!

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Thank you for coming Yasemin!  And thanks for all the delicious food!

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Guest Post: İrina Karabulut on Learning English Through Reading

Every month on our Turkish sister site, Anne Hikayesi, we’ll be featuring a guest blogger İrina Karabulut. She’s a English teacher who specializes in Early Childhoood Development in English. You can check out this month’s post below, and of course follow her on Instagram! 

İrina on Instagram: @zeytinvelimon

imageHi there! It’s Irina again with English Early Learning Methods. I want to remind you one more time how important it is to learn English from the first month of a baby’s life! Toddlers are so fast to learn and absorb information. They are incredibly talented and they can learn foreign language much faster and easier then adults. Also, learning a second language helps develop a baby in different ways, such as developing brain possibilities, developing character, personality, and so on. 

I would like to stress reading books as one of the main methods in my Early Learning English System. I am completely sure that reading books in general, and reading books in English have great influence on bringing up a personality. Not only children, but even adults enlarge their knowledge with the help of books.

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