Book Club – May 2017
This months Mom and Tot book club is going to leave both parent and child thinking hard, learning something new, and have some fun. For kids, that means look and find books, so get ready for a small collection of books recommendations for your child, and one great book for you to read.
Look and Find Books
I really enjoy look and find books because they get my son involved in the book reading process. Sometimes I ask him if he can find things, sometimes we look together, and lately he’s started to enjoy ‘reading’ the book and asking me to find the items. He is taking control of the activity and being the leader, and he’s often using his amazing memory to recall what the pages read without knowing how to read. Of course, he does make up his own stories from time to time and they are great stories.
Growing up in the age of technology discovery, I was a big fan of the downloadable hidden object games from pogo.com, wildtangent, shockwave and others. You’ve no idea how excited I am to start my first born on this addicting hobby of forever playing hide and seek. Plus, this is such an easy way to introduce the “Eye Spy with my Little Eye Something that is…” game.
First Look and Find Books
The ‘My First Look & Find” Book series for our May 2017 book club has a large selection of books to choose from. Here are some of our favourites that we’ve been able to get our hands on. One book that I don’t have pictured is the Christmas Look and Find book. I can’t tell you how many times we read that last Christmas. Several times a day, at least.
Gregory and I enjoy these books because they are big and have extra activities to indulge in at the back. For instance, in the Cars book, you’ll get instructions on flipping to a page and finding all the items in the picture that starts with the letter T. A train, a tractor, a tree, a truck, etc. Sometimes these are more difficult to complete, but that is what makes it great for children ages 2 and up. Gregory is nearly 3.5 and we still get a lot of enjoyment out of these books.
What Can you Spot Books
This books series is not only about finding things, it’s about counting as well. Two birds, one stone. Gregory is getting really great with his numbers, counting forwards and backwards and with his fingers and without. He’s a counting machine, so these books are a hit with him. I enjoy these books because they don’t require a story with each page, it’s literally just finding and counting. Simple task for when I’m not really wanting to imitate Dora the Explorer for the fourth time that day.
Another great thing about these books is that when you are seeking, say…. 4 Monkeys, you’ll find one monkey right side up. One monkey upside down, and two monkeys sideways. It makes your children need to look and recognize shapes and objects that aren’t always laid out straight on and easy to see. They have to concentrate.
I am a Spiritual Person
I don’t adhere to a specific religion, I don’t know which one is the correct one, and I don’t like to discriminate people based off of their beliefs. In my opinion, every religion has an aspect of truth to it, and they each have important lessons that we all should learn from. I enjoy learning about many different religious sects so that I can better understand how other people view the world, maybe one day I will find the true path and be happy. But I don’t like being preached to, I’d rather discover it on my own as a result of exploring.
A while back I saw that Leah Remini was coming out with a book, Troublemaker. I was a huge Kind of Queen’s fan and was very excited to see Leah back in the public eye. Her book was about her escape from Scientology. I didn’t know what Scientology was, so I looked into it. It is considered a Religion… in certain places of the world. Soon after her book came out, she came out with her TV series, Scientology: the Aftermath. I was hooked, and that lead me to this book I’m recommending for the Mom portion of this Mom and Tots book club.
Beyond Belief, by Jenna Miscavige Hill
Jenna Miscavige Hill is the niece of David Miscavige, the current leader of the Church of Scientology. If you are up to date with Leah Remini and what she has said about Scientology, then you you’ll know David Miscavige is an abusive person in power who is taking advantage of millions of people. But when Jenna talks about David when she is a child in her book, he didn’t come across like that. He seemed like a caring Uncle, a human being like anyone else. No way he could be the monster people claim him to be.
The truth comes out in Jenna’s book. She writes about her life, growing up in the Church and what her life was like. Her family life with her parents and siblings, and times she saw her Uncle. She writes about how she didn’t go to school, and when she went to the Ranch…which is an absolutely appalling place that I hope is still no longer being used. Can I give a little spoiler and tell you that you’ll be reading about Child labour in those chapters. And it gets worse.
I am trying so hard not to spoil the book, I already knew that Scientology was more of a cult and less of a religion, but after reading this book I see that this Scientology stuff needs to be abolished. If people are currently living in these conditions, with the auditing and abuse and restrictions and lack of individuality then I think there is something seriously wrong with our society. How can we allow this to happen.
Beyond Belief is an amazing book, I highly recommend you read it, regardless if you’ve kept up on Leah Remini. Jenna’s book will explain it all, and take you along her life as she grew up in Scientology, it will blow your mind.
Before You Go
I enjoy Beyond Belief so much that I am looking for her grandfather’s book to read next. That’s right, the father of David Miscavige wrote a book as well. Oh yeah, getting the real dirt on the man in charge. Let me know in the comments what you think about Scientology, Jenna Miscavige Hill’s book and if you’re looking forward to season two of Leah Remini’s Scientology: The Aftermath. I know I am.
I hope you go check out the look and find book series I listed above. Gregory and I have a blast with these and have now started playing eye spy all the time now. He’s great at spotting things, he’s always the first to spot the airplanes, trains, ambulances and firetrucks. Check back next month for more Mom and Tot Book Club Recommendations.