Wednesday, December 17, 2014

25 Books of Christmas - 12 Dogs of Christmas




I got to go on a date night with my husband! Yea! We had a great time at his work Christmas party. And the kids got to hang out with Mimi :)

I gave her the book that they could open and read together. I knew that I wanted it to be a successful reading adventure, so I snuck a peak at which books were left and choose this one.

When someone is doing something for the first time, or in this case the first time in a long time, it's important to set them up for a positive experience. I let her know that naming the dogs and having fun reading was all that she needed to do!

She reported that they had a great time!

If I had been reading it with them I would have also included actions and possibly prepositional phrases. Each page has a dog or a few dogs doing something. This would be a great book to use to work on naming actions - some familiar and typical for dogs like sleeping or sniffing, and some are not typical dog actions like tight rope walking or wrapping gifts. Super fun!

If you work on prepositions you can name what is on, in, under, over, behind or in front of objects in the pictures! There are tons of simple pictures that you discuss.

Or this is a great book to leave with the babysitter so you can get out of the house... Whichever you do, read it or let the babysitter read it, I know your child will love it!


To read our mini review of this book, click here (book 20).

To get your own copy of this book, you can purchase it here:




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25 Books of Christmas - Mickey Mouse's Santa's Helpers




The weather was perfect for a fire. So we decided to bundle up and head outside for our story time tonight! Changing the location of where you read can add a special element to story time, but it can also be disruptive to your child's expected routine. When routines change you should expect things to go less smoothly.

Little W was totally distracted by all the cool things outside and the story is very wordy so we let him listen (if you can call it that!).

For Big Sister we did some predicting "what do you think they'll do now?" and problem solving "what would you do if..." as well as some open ended type questions "I wonder what job I would have if I got to be one of Santa's helpers?"

She wants to be the one who makes skateboards.

Our focus tonight was spending time together. We read, we snuggled and we quietly watched the fire. It was one of our best nights yet!


To read our review on this book, click here (book 13).

To purchase your own copy of this book, click here:





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25 Books of Christmas - The Night Before Christmas


These two tiny books were a delight to read again this year! And although it seemed that there were quite  few words on each page, the poem rhythm kept Little W's attention and Big Sister loved hearing the story again. Who doesn't love the whole poem starting with "Twas the night before Christmas...!"

We did a combination of acting out the story (readers theater style) hanging stockings, laying our finger "aside of our nose" and calling out "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" as well as pointing to body parts.



It's amazing how many body parts are listed in this poem: head, eyes, hoof (we talked about our feet and how reindeer feet are called hooves), dimples, cheeks and nose. Theres mouth, chin and of course my favorite: Belly! which shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly! I then got to tickle my kids bellies until they laughed!



It was great! We had so much fun with this classic!


After that we put Little W to bed and Big Sister and I read The Night Before Christmas in Florida. Last year she was familiar with a few of the local cities and attractions, but this year we were able to stop and talk about so many more!

Each time a familiar location or attraction was mentioned we paused and talked about it. "Oh, that's where the shuttle launches from, remember we saw the rocket go up the other day?" or during the part where Santa visits Disney we talked about how we are getting tickets to Disney for Christmas this year and how excited we are to go on specific rides or see special things at Epcot and Magic Kingdom.

If you do not live in Florida, Sue Carabine has written quite a few "Night Before Christmas in..." different states. As I have not read the others, I cannot give my opinion, but the Florida one is great!


To see our review, click here (book 5 and 6).

To purchase one or both of theses books, click the links below:

     

Here is the link to a bunch of Sue Carabine's Night Before Christmas books incase you are interested!

I hope that your family reads theses stories and has as much fun with them as we did!



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

25 Books of Christmas - The Animal's Christmas



The Animals' Christmas by Catharine Gardam was a new book for us. And we loved it. Since it was a new story and we had no idea what it was going to be about, we were able to do some predicting.  I loved asking Big Sister what she thought was happening and hearing her answers. When the animals go missing her thought was that they got eaten by each other. Then she modified her answer to be that they all disappeared. So cute!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

25 Books of Christmas - The Very First Christmas



Well, we are really getting into the opening of the books. So much so, that when I realized which book it was I got a little nervous and said multiple times "be very careful!" That book is older than I am!

I think that we need some more interactive pop-up style books. Both kids enjoyed reading/listening while I moved the pages to show off the popped-up scenes. And they loved moving the moveable pieces (like the guard's arm).

25 Books of Christmas - Baby Jesus is Born




This is a poem style book that had way too many words for Little W.  One of the most important keys to successful reading with children is picking books that are developmentally appropriate.  For a 22 month old, every page should have anywhere from one word to one short sentence. This book is much more appropriate for Big Sister, age 5, with a handful of long, complex sentences.

Actually, the back of the book indicates that the interest level is ages 5-9, which makes a lot of sense. I like to look up developmental information about suggested age ranges, that is a good technique for knowing if a book is appropriate, but you can modify favorite books to make them simpler for children who are younger than the suggested age.

25 Books of Christmas - Stories of Santa



This was the second book in our double header tonight. Unfortunately, Little W needed an emergency outfit change in the middle of reading tonight so, we dressed him in his pjs and went ahead and put him to bed.

I loved reading this book again this year and since we have been listening to all Christmas music all the time on the radio, the two featured songs in this book are very familiar to Big Sister.

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