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Stay Busy Stay Sane Lock-Down Activities
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Perfect for keeping kids busy at home during lock-down. Great outdoor activities for a small group of people out in the sunshine and fresh air.
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THE WORLD’S #1 SCAVENGER HUNT COMPANYLet’s Roam gives you the tools to interpret your surroundings and build lasting relationships. All scavenger hunt adventures are app-lead so you can wander at your own pace.Let’s Roam is the perfect any day activity for team builders, private events, fundraisers, or groups of any size. With over 350 locations worldwide, our tour guide free scavenger hunts are the best way to have fun and explore any city. No reservations required!
Color Street Sunkissed Nails – shop directly with Terri Lee! She has a large inventory on hand, which is great because Color Street has become so popular, they are having a hard time keeping up with the demand. Terri Lee is my consultant and she goes the extra mile to help “mix and match” so I have awesome mani / pedi combinations. Find her on Facebook, and email her for help finding the best colors and patterns for YOU!
Info from Color Street
Color Street—inspired by New York’s “City That Never Sleeps” nonstop energy and wildly colorful fusion of cultures—offers a vast array of colors and nail art design, direct to Independent Stylists and ultimately to clients. We believe that every person can be their own boss, dreamer, and recognize the brilliance within.
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The colors are vibrant, the finishes glossy, and they easily adhere to the nail instantly. These stunning nail polish strips keep their good looks up to 10 days, and they’re easy to remove with any nail polish remover. Imagine a room full of people connecting, sharing stories, and chatting about fashion. What is the accessory that makes every look complete? Nail fashion of course! “Social selling” is the perfect way to share these magnificent nail strips: after all, in the busy world we live in, who doesn’t like to get together for some fun down time?
The Bo Books, by Larry Baum
What a great time to help young children learn to read. Bo Books can help, and will delight both child and adult!
From the Author
When I was teaching my children to read, I thought it would be easier for them to learn short words than long words, so I looked for books with only short words. But I had trouble finding them (I mean the books, not the words!). So I wrote a story with words no longer than two letters, hoping that it can help other children learn reading more easily. I tried to include characters, action, and humor, which was challenging with a vocabulary limited to 2-letter words! I wanted kids around the world to have it, so I hired an illustrator and self-published the paperback book: WE GO BO.Later, teachers gave me suggestions on phonics and easy sounds for learning to read, and I incorporated those in a new two-letter word book and accompanied it with a book of three-letter words, and even a book of only one-letter “words.” The goal is to make it easier for children to read their very first book on their own, and gain confidence so that they can read more at a younger age.The Bo Books are now available as paperbacks at my cost:The books are also available as free e-books: bobooks.org
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I grew up in Los Angeles, studied at Harvard College, and earned a PhD in Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. I then worked as a biologist doing research on Alzheimer’s disease and other brain diseases. Now I live in Hong Kong, where my children Ryan and Ianna were born in 2003 and 2005. When they were old enough to start reading, I looked for children’s books with simple words so that learning would be easier. But all the books I found had a mix of short and long words. I wondered whether I could write a children’s book with only short words. Using words no longer than 4 letters would be feasible. What about 3 letters? That should still be doable. Two letters? That would be a big challenge, but I tried and came up with “We Go To Bo.” After being too busy with work for several years, I finally decided to hire an illustrator and publish an ebook myself, making it free so that as many children as possible could benefit from it. Joanna Pasek’s charming illustrations caught my eye, and we completed the book in October 2015.
After I self-published it, teachers told me that reading would be even easier if I used only simple sounds and if each letter corresponded to only one sound throughout the book (for example, if “O” were always pronounced with a long “o” sound). That got me thinking about writing a new 2-letter word book with these improvements.
Meanwhile, at a public reading of “We Go To Bo,” I asked the children if someone could write a book with only 3-letter words, and they said yes. 2-letter words? Again yes. And then one smart aleck said 1-letter. My first impulse was to ignore him, but then I thought, “Why not 1-letter?” If I use “C” to mean “see” and “U” for “you”, maaaybeeee. So I combined the ideas for a new 2-letter word book with a 1-letter word book, and added a 3-letter word book for a 1-2-3 trilogy.
Children can start with “Y”. As soon as they can read the alphabet, they can read this 1-letter word book, giving them a sense of pride that they can read a whole book all by themselves, and confidence to continue reading. Then they can read the 2-letter word book, “Bo, Go Up!”. Next, readers can move to the 3-letter word book, “Cat Egg.”