Thursday, June 28, 2012

Read with Me! Book 13 - The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A.Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka

Ok, I love this story (and from the laughs, I know my husband did, too!). But it may be a little too advanced for my 2 1/2 year old. I realized at the start of the story that I may be in a little over her head. It starts off "Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pigs" well, I am not sure I have ever read that story to her. Our favorite part of the story was when the wolf compared eating cute little animals to

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Read with Me! Book 12 - The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

This story is a classic! I haven't read it since I was a child, but the concepts I learned have suck with me! It's all about having a positive attitude and helping others as you are able (and then some!). Reading this as an adult, with a better understanding of the world and people, I realize that the other engines although they are powerful and fancy, they are selfish... and I can use them as an example to my daughter. Other language skills that can be addressed in this book are:

Read with Me! Book 11 - The Napping House

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

We received this book as a gift in a set with Silly Sally and Piggies. We love them all. So much so, that she often goes to bed with one of these to read as she falls asleep. And as cute as this picture is, she did not fall asleep with it...she just wouldn't sit still and smile nicely tonight, so we told her to pretend to sleep. If this was a video you'd hear her "snoring!"

Monday, June 25, 2012

Read with me! Book 8 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Well, we read the book a while ago and of course loved it, but then we lost it. So sad. But I looked in the same spot for the 48th time tonight and apparently that was the trick, because there it was! So, now days later, I am ready to post about it :)

We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar and this one is particularly special since it was a 1st birthday gift to my daughter from my best friend. Thanks Becky! My favorite thing about this book is listening to my daughter "read" it. We were in the car right after we read it last week (this is probably how we misplaced it!) and she was flipping through the story reading it. "And then he ate one apple! And then he ate two pears!... And then he ate a cake, a ice cream, a green thing (a green thing? well, she doesn't eat a lot of pickles!), a cheese, a hey mom, what's this?" It was so precious. It also tuned me into a few vocabulary words we need to work on! Here are some other language skills that you could address while reading this story:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Read with Me! Book 10 - Ten, Nine, Eight

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

As a tribute to the number 10, we took our photo tonight with her toes! This is a sweet, mellow story that helps to relax a child and prepare her for bed. My daughter loved counting all of the items on the pages and talking about some of the concepts on different pages like snow falling outside a window and why a shoe would be missing (only 7 shoes!). We also enjoyed acting out the story starting at 4 with the sleepy eyes, the kisses goodnight and the big hug. Other language skills that we addressed were:

Monday, June 18, 2012

Read with me! Book 9 - Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear by Nancy White Carlstrom

I was afraid that this story would be about different clothing items, just going through each item (although a book like that has value, it's not what I was looking for).  What I found was a delightful look at the day of Jesse Bear and all of the things that he encountered from getting dressed - it does talk about his clothes - to the sun on his legs to sand on his hand to rice in his hair to the dreams in his head.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Read with Me! Book 7 - Swimmy

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

This story may have been a little too advanced for my two and half year old. In the beginning of the story, Swimmy loses his whole family to a hungry tuna fish. "Only Swimmy escaped." Yeah, I don't think she understood that concept. Then, I modified the next page. I didn't want to go from his family being eaten to the fact that he was lonely, scared and sad. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Read with Me! Book 5 - Big Red Barn

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

I know what you must be thinking... yesterday we did Book 6, you don't count 4, 6, 5. But I wanted this to be perfect, so I delayed posting this a day or two to get it just right. I really hope that you enjoy this activity pack! We took a few of the activities over to a friends house today and the other children really enjoyed the games. I think your kids will, too!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Read with Me! Book 2 - We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

We read this book last night and of course it was wonderful. It was so sweet, my daughter was looking for a second book to read and so she sent herself on a Dora hunt. She walked around a chair pretending it was grass and was saying "swish. swish. swish."

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