Thursday, July 5, 2012

Read with Me! Book 15 - Corduroy

Corduroy by Don Freeman

We love this story and have for quite sometime! We talk about different things each time we read this story. When we first started reading this story my daughter was quite young and we focused on the vocabulary in the story, from pointing to objects in the pictures to discussing the meaning of words like "mattress"and "escalator."
Tonight when we read this story we talked about Corduroy's comments when he says "I think I've always..." I asked her if she want to climb a mountain or live in a palace or sleep in a bed. It was nice to talk about the things that she wants to do. Other language concepts we've talked about are:

Feelings/Emotions: Corduroy experiences a variety of feelings throughout the story starting with loneliness, sadness and concern. Then he is curious, careful and startled. He is amazed, excited and then frustrated. The he got scared about being caught! When the girl comes back to buy him, he feels excited, happy and loved.

Recall: this story has lots of great sentences that lend themselves to have one or more questions asked. I usually would read one page, so about one to three sentences, then ask a simple question. As she gets better at answering the questions, I'll ask more challenging questions or read a few pages then ask questions.

There are so many exciting things to talk about when reading this story! And there are things to do after reading the story too! You can make a little bed for your child's favorite stuffed toy. Visit a department store or furniture store to see all of the objects that were in the "palace" in the story. You can even play hide and seek with stuffed animals...just don't hide too many, you may be finding them for weeks to come!

If you are looking for a few more ideas, check out my pinterest page for activities that go along with Corduroy!

If you are interested in owning this book I have a link to Amazon below, or check it out at your local library!

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