Friday, June 7, 2013

If I Ran the Circus - Bonus Reading Activity

It's really important to give children exposure to a variety of texts...poems, lists, stories, scripts, etc. As adults, one thing that we read (or at least should read) is manuals. We got a new hot air popcorn popper and since popcorn and circuses go well together, we pulled it out and learned how to use it together.

This was my first time using a hot air popper so I really did need to read it, but regardless, it was good for my daughter to see me pull it out, open it up and read through it. I gave her some time to turn the pages and see what it was like. Then I had her find page 3 where it told us how to use our new machine (she went to page 3 in the French section... I had to show her where page 3 in the English section was. This is a skill that she needs to know, that manuals have a variety of languages and we need to find the section that is written in our language).

Not only does reading a manual help you know what you need to do (in this case how much popcorn is the right amount for the popper) but it also demonstrates to your child that it's ok to look something up, that's how we learn. Children often times think that parent know everything, and as much as I want her to think I am brilliant, I want her to know what to do when she needs to learn something new.

We had such a great time! We mixed a bunch of different flavors with a little bit of melted butter and then poured it over the hot popped corn. It was soooo good!

Because we had read the manual, we knew that we needed to wait a few minutes for the popcorn to start popping. But it was still confusing to wait! Where was that popped corn?

In case you are interested, we made regular salted, cinnamon/brown sugar, taco and caramel flavored popcorn. All we did was mix each of the ingredients in a little bit of melted butter, then separated out portions of the popped corn and poured the butter mixture over the popcorn. If I had been a little bit more prepared, I would have had her read a recipe with me to expose her to another type of text.

I hope that you can find a new type of text to read with your child. If you need to buy a new device just to read the manual, I recommend a hot air popper - it was great fun! If you need a recipe, check out my pinterest page in the food section I have a couple of popcorn recipes!

Do you have a favorite popcorn recipe? I'd love to try it!

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