As I look back on the year and think about all the books my kids and I read together, it brings back warm, fuzzy memories of snuggling, laughing, and just enjoying a shared experience that loving the same book brings. So I asked my kids to each give me their three favorite books from last year and then I added a few more of my own, though I have to say that I loved their picks as much as they did. I hope you enjoy these books, should you need book recs, as much as we did!
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It by Dr. Joann Deak [non fiction picture book, ages 4-8] is gently encouraging kids to try new things after taking time to point out how the brain works. The message to the kids is that you are one sculpting and shaping your brain so be the driver not the passenger in this amazing journey called life!
This a great challenge by There’s a Book (a fabulous children’s book blog, by the way) that ANYONE can participate in. You don’t have to be a blogger to join! You can read to your child OR you can just read them yourself! Who’s in? I am! I am going to try to read 200 picture books and blog on them with my kids during the year.
Gifts for kids around $20.
I think it’s essential for children to try out new behaviour in a safe place. Like it or not, this probably means at home, on you, the parent. It’s a child’s way of spreading their wings; trying out new personalities and traits. A safe way to experiment is important because your child knows that you will always love her or him no matter what. But a book can also be a safe way to try out new behavior as a reader if you talk about the book in the context of how it makes you both feel.
I thought this would make a great holiday or birthday gift for boys who show an interest in graphic novels and/or comic books. It’s an especially good and sneaky way to draw in reluctant readers and get them reading, writing and drawing. While this would appeal to boys who like to draw, you don’t necessarily have to be an artist to be able to create your own comic.
Use these words with your Kindergartener to see if your child gets the gist of the word from the sentence. It’s building a vocabulary by “intuition” akin to kicking words around like a soccer ball but not actually doing drills, much more of a “pick up game.”
What’s A Noun?
A Person, Place or Thing.
Author: not sure but I suspect it’s a teacher at my elementary school. I found this poem hanging up in the school hallway!
I wonder if it was a class exercise like a Mad Lib. That would be fun!
My middle child highly recommends the Ghostville Elementary series by Marcia T. Jones. She says this is an easier version of Harry Potter that isn’t as scary for grades K-3. (K will need parents to read to them).