Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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!"

But I digress... this story is soft and sweet, perfect for before bed or nap time! The pictures are peaceful and adorable, and make my 2 1/2 year old giggle! I love the repetitive and building nature of this story. And I had no idea there were so many ways to say "sleeping!"

Some of the following language activities I would work on while reading and some I would set up as a side activity. Here's what I did:

Prepositions: One of the earliest prepositions your child will use is "on" (along with "in" and "under"). This book has multiple opportunities to practice saying and understanding "on." This is one of the activities that I would prep on the side. You can use blocks, one to represent each person/animal, and stack them saying something like "the child is on granny" and "the cat is on the dog." I use the book to help us remember the order of the sleepers! Once your tower is built, you can take them off one at a time saying "off" each time.

Who questions: "Who" is a very important question for a child to be able to answer. Think about all the times that you are going to ask your child "who was there?" "who took your toy?" "who did you play with?" Frequently children will answer it like it was a "what" question. You can help develop this skill by practicing. Ask "who was on the bed?" and "who was on granny" and "who was on the child" and ... well, you get the picture.

Role Play: We love to act out the sounds and actions that happen in stories. We love to hug bears or make choo-choo train noises. It brings the story to life! This story has some great actions that you and your child can do. We snuggle closer when we read "cozy bed." We snore loud when we read about the "snoring granny." We smile happily when we read about the "dreaming child." We actually snore a lot! But you can pretend to sleep in different ways for each of the people/animals.  Then the fun happens. The "ouch!" when the flea bites the mouse, the squealing when the mouse scares the cat, the "yelp" when the cat claws the dog, and on we go making all sorts of noises to the end when we are laughing with the granny when she breaks the bed!

I hope you do as much laughing and talking during this story as we do!

For a few more activities that go along with The Napping House, check out my pinterest page!

If you'd like to own this book, check out the link to Amazon or you can check it out at your local library.

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