Getting Started... - I'm busy this week gearing up for a houseful of family (if the possible snow doesn't stop them) to celebrate Thanksgiving. In the meantime, I'm taking adva...
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Read Aloud Thursday
I'm having lots of fun sharing a few of the books we are reading each week. I'm going to try to do it on a regular basis and hope my readers enjoy it.
We read another "chapter" book last week by Arnold Lobel. We read the ever-popular Frog and Toad Are Friends! Frog is a real sweetheart, I think. Toad is a bit more...moody? But combined they make a great pair, and work through their little problems. We'll be checking out all the Lobel books that our library has! M is totally enjoying chapter books. I do think illustrations are still important for her though.
We have a nice set of Winnie the Pooh's Thinking Spot Series. (According to the price tags, they were just $1.50 each at the Five Below store!) M tends to choose these books by color, and requests the purple spines most frequently. She really enjoyed How Did You Make That Web? This book is not just about spiders, but about how different animals build homes with things they find like paper, twigs, or even sand. Some animals highlighted are spiders, mice, birds, and ants. I could not find an age recommendation, but I would guess 3-7. They don't go too deep, but they are perfect for us to explore science a bit more! (Each book also has an activity to do at the end.) M likes to read about the familiar characters while learning.
We read another (very short) chapter book called Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan. This series was quite popular with my first graders, but this was the first Henry and Mudge book I have read. Henry and his dad enter a snowman contest and use family life as inspiration. (Mudge is the family dog.) I'm sure we'll read more of these books, but I didn't find it particularly exciting, though M did enjoy it. This is a good read-in-one-sitting chapter book...and more like a picture book than a chapter book.
We also completed a colorful coffee filter snowflakes after reading the Snowman Plan.
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