Monday, December 13, 2010

Taking a Break...

Due to a tragic and unexpected death in my family, I am taking a break from blogging. In the meantime, feel free to visit other links on this blog. And remember that tomorrow is not promised: Go hug someone that you love and be kind to one another.

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. ~Psalm 30:5

Thursday, December 9, 2010

BOOK OF THE DAY: A Giraffe and a Half

A Giraffe and a Half

Related Activities:
Other Books By Shel Silverstein:

Runny Babbit: A Billy SookFalling UpA Light in the Attic

Other Giraffe Books:

The Giraffe Who Cock-A-Doodle-Doo'dGiraffes Can't Dance: Magnet BookGiraffe Sounds?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Childhood Favorites

Occasionally I get a little nostalgic and begin thinking of old TV shows, toys and books that I loved as a child. Well, its one of those times. Here are some books that I remember reading over and over again as a little girl:

Harry the Dirty Dog Board BookTen Apples Up On Top! (Beginner Books(R))And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (Classic Seuss)

Hop on Pop (Beginner Books(R))Put Me in the Zoo (I can read it all by myself' Beginner Books)In a People House (Bright & Early Books(R))

The Tale of Peter RabbitRichard Scarry's What Do People Do All DayMadeline

And as I got a little older:

BlubberThe OutsidersAre You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

What were some of your "back in the day" favorite books?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

BOOK OF THE DAY: King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (Caldecott Honor Book)

When I taught kindergarten (many, many moons ago) this was one of the books that my children would ask me to read over and over again. King Bidgood refuses to get out of the tub and the hilarious illustrations show him eating, fishing, and even dancing in the bathtub. (Ever had a little one who just doesn't want to stop playing in the tub - he or she will appreciate this story even more!). The illustrations are so rich and engaging that when you're reading, you'll want to leave time to really enjoy the pictures. The text is simple and predictable which is a draw to many preschool and kindergarten children. There's a book and musical CD that I haven't heard, but may be a nice addition to the story.

If you enjoy this story, here are more books that will tickle your funny bone!

Related Activities:
  • In the water table or sensory area, add a baby bathtub and props (dolls or "block" people).
  • Visit Audrey Wood's website for to learn more about the author and illustrator.
  • Do Sink and Float activities in a baby bathtub!
  • Make a classroom chart and learn to Sign Three Men in a Tub.
  • Ask the children to tell you what they do while they are in the bathtub (play with boats, blow bubbles, etc). Make a class list.
  • Children can also draw pictures to illustrate what they like to do in the bathtub (give each child bathtub shaped paper). Bind the pages together into a class book (Room 5 In the Bathtub).

Other Books By Audrey Wood:

Silly Sally: Lap-Sized Board BookHeckedy Peg (A Voyager/Hbj Book)Piggies: Lap-Sized Board Book

The Napping HouseTen Little FishQuick As a Cricket (Child's Play Library)

Other Bathtub Books:

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly SongsThe Beast in the BathtubWe Eat Dinner In The Bathtub (level 2) (Hello Reader)

How to Get a Gorilla Out of Your BathtubI'm Still Here in the Bathtub: Brand New Silly Dilly SongsMaybe I'll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight: and Other Funny Bedtime Poems

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