Purposeful Inclusion

Have you noticed Little Bunny is neither a boy nor a girl? Little Bunny is purposely gender-less. That's why the books are written in dialog only. The constant dialog can be a bit clunky at times but it is intentionally designed to make Little Bunny relevant for all children. 
It's been long known in the publishing and entertainment industries girls will watch or read about a boy character but boys are reluctant to read or watch a girl character. So the industry (not everyone) leans towards the most profit. Little Bunny was carefully crafted to circumvent that stereotype. Little Bunny is consciously gender-less to include every child. Happy inclusion!

Shake, Rattle and Roll! The importance of music and movement in early childhood education.

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Recognizing, understanding and replicating patterns is one of the most important skills a preschooler can master. Patterns are the framework for most of the academic work a child will do for the rest of their life.

Words are patterns; cat, hat, mat. Sentences are patterns; noun, verb, detail. Paragraphs are patterns; introduction, supporting information, conclusion. Essays are just bigger paragraph patterns. Calculations are patterns; 2+2+2, 2,4,6,8. Equations are patterns; y=mx+b. Graphs are patterns. Measurements are patterns. Science is patterns; seasons, life cycles, botanical and anatomical structures, chemistry and physics. And our understanding of history is completely based on the pattern of years, decades and centuries.

Children learn the magic of patterns using all their senses and learning styles; audio, visual, kinesthetic.

Singing, clapping and dancing to preschool music may seem like an easy way to occupy lively children but it is building an essential skill. The rhythm, rhyme and repetition of children’s songs creates a strong foundation for future academic success.

“Row, row, row your boat” may be tedious to adults but it is constructing the connections that are critical in a child’s brain development to comprehending the complicated world they will one day have to navigate. 2,2,2,- 2,4,6,8,- Row, row, row your boat.

The component of movement reinforces what the child is learning audibly. Whether it is using musical instruments to match and repeat the rhythm or simply clapping to the beat, the child is building cognitive connections. Adding the element of dance develops the skills further, hop, skip, turn, repeat.

So the next time you pass a class of preschoolers bouncing around, loudly banging on drums and shaking maracas to a song you find endlessly annoying, just know vital and invaluable learning is taking place and great minds are growing.

Uncatergorizable!

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As I interact with more and more Little Bunny fans I am beginning to see a dilemma.

I made the books for my own children. The stories are rather didactic. But a 2 or 3 year olds’ life is very regulated and full of instruction, so the stories feel like their own experiences and have a comforting tone.

As my children grew older and started to learn basic academic skills, I made the worksheets. Then we read the books together and the familiar stories made great first readers.

But as a result, LBs doesn’t fit easily into a standard category for childrens’ lit. They aren’t board books or 1st readers. The books are comforting for 2 or 3 year olds but too simple and didactic for 5 year olds.

So I recommend you use LBs just as we did; as comforting stories for 2 and 3 year olds, fun hands-on worksheets for 4 and 5 year olds and for those who love the simple, sweet stories as easy, familiar 1st readers.

Free YouTube Read-Alouds: https://www.littlebunnyseries.com/new-page-79/

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Free printables: https://www.littlebunnyseries.com/printables-2/

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And with Kindle Unlimited Free eBooks: https://www.littlebunnyseries.com/ebooks-1/

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Help Yourself!!!

Happy comforting, learning and reading!

FREE the week of Thanksgiving Nov. 21st to 25th OVER THE BRIDGE AND THROUGH THE STREETS

Over the Bridge and Through the Streets is a contemporary retelling of the traditional Thanksgiving song, Over the River and Through the Woods. A young girl experiences anticipation and excitement on a bus ride to visit her grandmother for Thanksgiving. Available for FREE Nov. 21st to 25th on Kindle. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!.    https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Through-Streets-…/…/B00O076MV0    FREE KINDLE READING APP AVAILABLE HERE:  https://www.amazon.com/…/kcp-landing-p…/ref=kcp_ipad_mkt_lnd    Instructions on how to download a book to your phone here:  http://www.littlebunnyseries.com/how-to-read-a-little-bunn…/    

Over the Bridge and Through the Streets is a contemporary retelling of the traditional Thanksgiving song, Over the River and Through the Woods. A young girl experiences anticipation and excitement on a bus ride to visit her grandmother for Thanksgiving. Available for FREE Nov. 21st to 25th on Kindle. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!.

 https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Through-Streets-…/…/B00O076MV0 

FREE KINDLE READING APP AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.amazon.com/…/kcp-landing-p…/ref=kcp_ipad_mkt_lnd 

Instructions on how to download a book to your phone here: http://www.littlebunnyseries.com/how-to-read-a-little-bunn…/

 

A Great Big Thanks To All Who Helped Little Bunny Grow!

We couldn't have made the change to a dot com without the help of all the bloggers and pinners that have spread the word about Little Bunny. A great big thank you to all of them!

Miss Lucy writes about teaching English as a second language on her blog Miss Lucy’s Teaching Fun. She linked to Little Bunny in her Time to Read feature http://misslucysteachingfun.blogspot.com.es/2015/02/time-to-read-synthetic-phonics-first.html?m=1

Ginny’s preschoolers “LOVE” Little Bunny seek and finds.http://www.gsheller.com/2015/01/this-is-what-i-have-been-doing-2.html Follow her blog Small Things here: http://www.gsheller.com/  

Little Bunny is featured on this UK website featuring coloring pages: http://printablecolouringpages.co.uk/?s=concept+of+opposites

Sister Zakkiya is the editor of the Muslim Kids Digest and Muslim Mommy websites. She is homeschooling her 6 children and she started Muslim Kids Digest when she couldn’t find a website specifically designed for Muslim children.

She featured the Little Bunny 3 in 1 printables here: http://www.muslimkidsdigest.com/learn-your-123s-with-little-bunny/

I have no idea what language this blog is written in but the pictures are beyond adorable!!!

http://www.mumslittlelinguist.com/2014/11/prosto-i-sodko-genialnie.html

A nice recommendation from My Active Child for Don’t Go as a bedtime read: http://www.myactivechild.com/blog/bedtime-story-suggestion-dont-go-little-bunny-series/.

 

 

Sandra ia a stay at home mom of two boys. Her bog COASAHMOM features product reviews, giveaways, sponcered articles and much more.

Click here for a blog by Dianne about about creating printable fun: http://www.coasahmom.com/simple-entertainment-hard/

Kim and Amanda believe everyday moments are teachable opportunities. Both are certified and experienced educators and their blog The Educators’ Spin On It  offers activity ideas for children 0-8.

Click here for a blog Dianne wrote about learning differences:http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.com/2014/10/finding-our-childrens-preferred.html

Filled with tons of free printables including board games, party kits, masks and worksheets, Itsy Bitsy Fun is a great source for free printables!

They featured Little Bunny’s African Animals Coloring Book here: http://www.itsybitsyfun.com/african-animals-number-coloring-pages.html

                     And the 3 in 1 Printables here:    http://www.itsybitsyfun.com/bunny-alphabet-tracing-coloring-cards.html                            

                    And the ABC Coloring Book here:     http://www.itsybitsyfun.com/bunny-alphabet-coloring-pages.html                            

Kristina, wife, mother, blogger,and homeschooler writes about her homeschool jouney, learning activities, crafts and more at School Time Snippets, and gave us a great shout out on facebook https://www.facebook.com/schooltimesnippets

Gude is the mother of 2 small boys. Crafting makes her happy and she shares her joy on her blog Hodge Podge. She loves easy crafts to do with kids as well as grown up crafts.

Check out a guest blog written by Dianne about 10 easy Crafts and Activities to Prepare Kids for Pre-school.

Kristie loves the world of blogging and shares her passion about her faith, her family and living on less at Saving Dollars and Sense.

Click here for a blog Dianne wrote about growing up:http://savingdollarsandsense.com/want-grow/ 

Brandy is a New Hampshire mom of three writing Happily Blended where she blogs about parenting, being positive and fitness to name a few subects. Some of her feature blogs include Jenny the pug and Wordless Wednesdays with great photos!

Click here for a guest blog by Dianne about children discovering what they want to be when they grow up:http://happilyblended.com/2014/08/grow/

Valerie is the mother of a very active 2 year old and writes about cooking, baking and crafting at Glittering Muffins.

She featured Little Bunny on her Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/glitteringmuffins

Amy is a mom of four and a pastor’s wife who loves cooking and reading. She shares her joys and struggles and everything in between in her blog Amy Loves It.                                   

She featured Little bunny in her Friday Freebies!                        http://kingdomfirstmom.com/2014/08/freebie-friday-4.html.

Pam, the Unconventional Librarian, has a BS in English, a post baccalaureate certificate in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Library Science. She loves children’s and young adult books. She also loves social media and uses it to promote books that reflect our society. Click here to visit her site http://unconventionallibrarian.com/

Click here for a guest blog written by Dianne about preschool reading: http://unconventionallibrarian.com/2014/07/25/bunny-author-dianne-miller-chats-preschoolers/

And click here for a post for back to school preparedness: http://unconventionallibrarian.com/2014/08/27/school-guest-post-dianne-miller/

Pam is committed to Shot@Life an organization that champions vaccines to children around the world. Check out their mission statement here: http://shotatlife.org/about-us/

Janine La Tulippe is committed to helping children become happy adults. Her website True Aim Parent and Education brings Christian values to teaching preschoolers.

Click here to find a blog written by Dianne about the valuable lessons in baking cookies:http://www.trueaimeducation.com/cooking-with-kids-cookie-lesson/

 A great review from Emma!                            http://sugarandslugs.com/2014/07/12/emmas-faves-2-years-2-months/

A nice shout out from the Unconventional Librarian!   http://unconventionallibrarian.com/2014/07/12/teach-lil-count-bunny-series/

Laura loves to share her life as a mom and offers great give aways, reviews, deals, freebies, recipes, printables coupons, on line coupons and much more at:                                                                    A Place For Everything.

Click here for a feature blog post about Little Bunny : http://www.placeforevery-thing.com/apps/blog/show/42460124-the-importance-of-preschool-learning

Kelly has a Bachelor's in accounting and a Master's in elementary education and is the mother of 6 boys! Her blog Homeschool Parent is a resource for homeschooling parents but the ideas featured in her blog are perfect for any parent or teacher.

Click here for a feature blog about different learning styles written by Dianne:   http://homeschoolparent.blogspot.com/

Kids Activity Blog amasses an amazing array of activities for young people in one place! They regularly feature Little Bunny worksheets and printables in their Learn page under Coloring Pages and Printables.

Click here to find KIds Activity Blog Printables:  http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/category/activities-for-children-2/coloring-pages

Bethany is a columnist for the Greenville News and Co-owner of Kidding Around Greenvillle SC. She started her blog No Twiddle Twaddle blogging about children's eBooks, she now writes about homeschooling.

Click here for her interview with Dianne Miller about the Little Bunny series:  http://www.notwiddletwaddle.com/2012/08/free-ebook-author-spotlight-dianne.html