Making Connections: July Book Recommendations

Our July Book Recommendations are all about making connections.

The power of community can have a positive impact that supports social and cognitive advancement.

Through relationships, children discover the world around them. Building and strengthening personal connections provides an opportunity for your child to develop social skills, and communicate confidently.  Nurturing relationships with a variety of people helps your child develop a “sense of self”, while celebrating the differences of others.

Our expert programming team have hand-picked these July reads that introduces empathy, portrayings the value of community and the importance of spending time together.

Saturday, By Oge Mora
Saturdays are special, because Saturday is the only day Ava’s mother doesn’t have to go to work. Every Saturday, Ava and her mother get to go on an adventure through the city, but this Saturday is a little different. Ava realizes that Saturdays are special not because of where they go or what they do, but because they get to spend time together.

Green Green: A Community Garden Story,
By Baldev Lamba, Marie Lamba & Sonia Sánchez
“Green, green, fresh and clean. Brown, brown, dig the ground.” As the city grows and grows, there is less and less green space left. The neighborhood children inspire the community to join in and build a garden in the middle of the city for everyone to share.

Swimmy, By Leo Lionni
Swimmy is a little fish who loves adventure and wants to explore the sea. When he meets a school of small red fish, he invites them to swim and play, but the little fish are frightened of the big fish that lurk nearby. Swimmy comes up with a plan so he and the other fish can all safely explore the ocean together.

Counting on Community, By Innosanto Nagara
We’re counting up from one stuffed pinata up to ten hefty hens and counting on each other. Children learn the value of community, the joys of engaging in eco-friendly activities, and the agency they possess to make a change.

Bear Came Along, By Richard T. Morris & LeUyen Pham
This action-packed adventure is all about the importance of friendship and community. The story starts with a river. The river never knew it was capable of adventure… until Bear came along. Bear is soon joined by Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Raccoons and Duck. These very different animals travel together downstream, but never knew they’d need each other… until the river came along.

For more story time fun, visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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Let’s Read A Story!

Support a lifetime of learning, encouraging exploration and self-acceptance through books, and your little ones will learn to conquer new challenges and have a better understanding of the power of community.

Our featured video is a story that brings to life an award-winning picture book Where Are You From, by Yamile Saied Méndez. This story features a little girl who constantly gets asked the simple question, “where are you from?” The answer is not simple, and the girl takes a journey with her “abuelo” to discover her heritage and family connections. This is a story for all readers to enjoy.

Where Are Your From is a 2019 Nerdies Fiction Picture Book Award Winner and a Silver Medalist for Bank Street College of Education’s Best Spanish Language Picture Books of the Year. The book was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2019 and A Mighty Girl’s 2019 Book of the Year. Where Are Your From was named one of New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids 2019.

Join Gymboree Play & Music as we read a story aloud all about community, identity, cultural differences, and self-acceptance in our featured video of the week.

Come create with us at our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music  Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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The Parent Pod: Momprenuership and Mental Health with Sarah Komers of Mom Culture

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are discussing Momprenuership and Mental Health with Sarah Komers of Mom Culture. If you haven’t heard of Mom Culture yet, or purchased anything from Sarah’s online shop, you’re seriously missing out!
Sarah was born with a serious stubborn streak and individualistic nature. As soon as she could dress herself, she did. Cut, stitch, rip, pin, shred, dye…she had to “alter” every piece of clothing. Life zoomed by and she now has three beautiful children: “Lily Pie”, “Rem Dog” and “Fletchy.” In her own words, “I started this company for them. And, I started it for moms like me who give our all to raising tiny humans to the best of our ability. 

We are connecting with her on this episode to share her story on her path to starting Mom Culture, mental health, and how she balances everything in her day-to-day life.

Connect with Sarah online at

https://momculture.com/

Connect with Sarah on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/themomculture/

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

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The Parent Pod: Managing Maternal Mental Health with Christine Michele Carter

The Parent Pod: Managing Maternal Mental Health with
Christine Michele Carter

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are discussing Maternal Mental Health with Christine Michel Carter.

Featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, Christine Michel Carter is the #1 global voice for working moms. She has been called a “working mom who’s changing the world,” “the mom of mom influencers,” “the exec inspiring millennial moms,” and “the voice of millennial moms.”

Christine is also the associate editor for ModernMom and contributes to ForbesWomen as a senior contributor. Christine clarifies misconceptions about working mom consumers for brands and serves as an amplifier of their personal truths. From delivering consumer insights and brand marketing content to helping HR and diversity teams attract and retain these hardworking professionals, Christine works with advertising agencies, research firms, and companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of female consumers.

A down-to-Earth speaker and media analyst, Christine has spoken at Create & Cultivate, Mom 2.0, BlogHer, and a number of other conferences. Her insights have been included by other authors in their books. Christine’s own bestselling children’s book Can Mommy Go To Work? was ranked as an “empowering book” and a “life-changing book to guide feminist parenting.” Her book MOM AF is a sister circle in a book, inspired both by Carter’s life and her published articles.

She has interviewed a number of celebrity moms, including Tamera Mowry, Kristin Cavallari, and La La Anthony, and also partnered with brands such as 23andMe, AARP, ALDI, Brahmin, Chicco, Goodwill, Orgain, Hungryroot, OtterBox, Suja Juice and Therapedic as a social media influencer. She has also leveraged her verified digital presence and mom network to bring awareness to the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, #YearoftheMother, and Black Maternal Health Week. Christine has also supported Senator Kamala Harris, the Department of Labor, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on maternal and childcare-related issues.

The creator of Mompreneur and Me®, Christine has introduced the first national free mommy and me professional development networking event that has garnered the attention of Adweek and Entrepreneur as well as global brands like McDonald’s and the University of Phoenix.

Connect with Christine online at

http://christinemichelcarter.com/

Connect with Christine on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/cmichelcarter/

Purchase Her Book At

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734122706.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Visit us online:

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Sensory Play: June Book Recommendations!

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This month’s book recommendation’s focus is on sensory play!

From birth to childhood, your little one uses their senses (touch, sight, smell, taste, hearing, and vestibular proprioception) to explore the world around them. Sensory play is crucial to brain development as it helps your child build an understanding of objects, spaces, and people. Engaging in sensory play aides our little ones in building emotional awareness and expression.

Our expert programming team has hand-picked these June reads that assist in developing language skills, encourage exploration, and increase creativity. There is also a bonus book recommendation for the grownups out there who want to try out some “messy play” recipes.

The very busy spider

The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle
One morning a little spider starts spinning a web on a fencepost. One by one, the animals on the farm try to distract her, but she keeps working until her web is finished. This book allows children to feel the pictures as well as see them, as they trace along the spider’s web.

Fuzzy Fuzzy

Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy!
(A Touch, Skritch & Tickle Book), by Sandra Boynton
This touch and feel book by the popular author Sandra Boynton features five animals that little ones can touch, feel and tickle. This book is the perfect choice for baby’s first touch and feel book!

Follow Me

Follow Me (Finger Mazes), by Roger Priddy
Help Fox and his animal friends find their way along the trails in this finger maze book! The grooved outlines allow children to follow along with their finger, from the forest to the farm and even the ocean.

Noisy Airplane

The Noisy Airplane Ride, by Mike Downs and David Gordon
Rhyming verses take little ones on a tour of different sounds they might hear before, during, and after an airplane ride. The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text makes for a great read-aloud that will have children copying the different sounds. As a bonus, this book is a great tool for comforting first-time flyers!

Night sounds

Night Sounds, by Sam Taplin
Discover the magic of the night with this press-the-button sound book. Children will hear hooting owl, squeaking bats, and a purring cat as they follow along with the story. Peep-holes and finger trails make this book a well-rounded sensory experience!

Bonus book recommendation for the grownups:

Bonus Messy Play

Recipes for Messy Play, by Cathy Sheppard
Messy play is not only tons of fun, it helps children learn about their senses, practice literacy, numeracy and social-emotion skills, explore color, texture and pattern, and develop hand-eye coordination. A true whole-child approach to learning! In this book, adults discover 40 fun, creative and open-ended sensory experiences for young learners.

For more story time fun, visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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The Parent Pod: Navigating Maternal Depression with Jennifer Schwartz of Motherhood Understood

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are discussing Maternal Mental Health with Jennifer Schwartz of Motherhood Understood.

Jen Schwartz, also known as “the medicated mommy,” is the founder and CEO of Motherhood Understood, a platform, community, and story-sharing hub for women affected by pregnancy and postpartum mental health issues that she created after surviving postpartum depression and anxiety with the birth of her son, and realizing just how many mothers suffer in silence like she did. She built Motherhood Understood to provide women and their families with education, resources, connection, and support so that no mother has to experience a mental health illness in isolation and all mothers get the help they need to feel well and have the motherhood experience they deserve.

Jen is a professional speaker, writer, moderator, consultant, spokesperson, and thought-leader committed to shining the light on the darkest of places, where maternal mental health taboos have been hiding out, trying to make mothers believe they are not enough and all alone. In addition to running Motherhood Understood, a highly-engaged community of over 70,000 women, Jen writes a monthly column for Thrive Global, and her work and expert commentary can be found all over the mommy blogosphere and on popular websites such as Forbes, Healthline, The Mighty, Romper, Motherly, The Bump, Happiest Baby, and more. Connect with Jen on Instagram and get your free copy of her guide, The Mother’s Manual For Postpartum Mental Health.

Connect with Jennifer online at

https://www.motherhood-understood.com/

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Visit us online:

 www.gymboreeclasses.com

Come Pretend With Us

 

Support a lifetime of learning by nurturing your little one’s imagination!

Pretend play, or imaginary play, has many benefits for a child’s emotional and physical development. Learning is supported by imagining and role playing. When your little one pretends to be a different character, such as a pirate or a princess, they are walking in someone else’s shoes and that teaches empathy and respect. Designing their own world of excitement, children find creative ways to use a cardboard box or turn their favorite toy into something magical.

Pretend play also fosters problem solving tools that support cognitive and creative thinking, and guides your little one to think “outside of the box”.

Join Gymboree Play & Music as we pretend to be pirates. We will make our very own spyglass, sail the seven seas, and sing a pirate song in our featured video of the week.

 

Come create with us at our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music  Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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The Parent Pod: Calm Confident Parenting with Adrienne Bishop

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are talking to Adrienne Bishop about how to stay calm and confident while dealing with the ups and downs of parenting in day-to-day life.

Adrienne Bishop is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Life Coach who specializes in helping overwhelmed parents to be calmer, more confident and effective in their parenting so they can create a family that is connected and a life that they love.  

Her Book Recomendations are:

Positive Discipline: The first three years

Positive Discipline: Preschoolers

The Conscious Parent

The Gift of Failure

The Whole Brain Child

The Yes Brain

No Drama Discipline

Connect with Adrienne in her Facebook Group at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/calmconfidentparenting/

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Visit us online:

 www.gymboreeclasses.com

The Parent Pod: Minimalist Motherhood with Diane Boden

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are discussing the art of Minimalism and how parents can bring minimalist values into their day-to-day life.

Diane Boden is the voice behind the top-rated podcast, the Minimalist Moms, where she spreads her ideas and interviews others in regards to living a life in the pursuit of less. Her goal is simply: think more and do with less. Diane has been featured on Minimal-ish Podcast, The Pure Nurture Podcast, The 29 Minute Mom and many others. She was featured in 614Magazine in August 2019. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and three children.

Connect with Diane on Instagram

  1. @minimalistmomspodcast
  2. https://www.instagram.com/minimalistmomspodcast/?hl=en

About 

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Visit us online:

  1.  www.gymboreeclasses.com

Purchase Bubble Ooodles Online:

  1. Purchase Here

Celebrating Creativity: May Book Recommendations!

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Our May book recommendations are all about celebrating creativity!

Creativity is not just limited to artistic expression – such as painting a picture, singing a song, or putting on a puppet show – but it also includes science and math. Creativity is essential to social and emotional development, so your little one will learn to be flexible and adaptable.

Imaginative play in early childhood is a door to all kinds of creative possibilities!

Our expert programming team have hand-picked these May reads for your little problem–solver to enjoy!

 

Not a box

Not a Box, By Antoinette Portis

A box is just a box to most. But to this small rabbit, a little creativity goes a long way as a cardboard box transforms into anything he can imagine. If you and your little one enjoys this story, you’ll also love “Not a Stick” by the same author.

 

Sky color

Sky Color, By Peter H. Reynolds

Marisol loves to paint. When her teacher asks her to help paint a mural for the school library, she decides to paint the sky. But how can she paint the sky without any blue paint? Inspired by a dream, Marisol creates a brand-new color for the sky.

 

Whale

The Whale in My Swimming Pool, By Joyce Wan

One day a little boy goes outside for a swim. But he finds his pool is already occupied… by a whale! He tries everything to get the whale to move, but he won’t budge. Luckily, the boy comes up with the perfect creative solution.

 

Beautiful OOPs

Beautiful Oops, By Barney Saltzberg

A tear, a spill, a smudge, a stain. When you think you’ve made a mistake, try to turn it into something beautiful. This creative book uses folded pages and liftable flaps to teach little ones it’s ok to make mistakes. Sometimes mistakes can inspire you do more than you ever imagined!

 

Duck Rabbit

Duck Rabbit By Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

I see a duck! Or is it a rabbit? Everyone loves a good optical illusion. This book allows little ones to begin seeing the world from different perspectives. It’s all in how you look at it!

 

For more story time fun, visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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