Archive for February, 2007

The letter F

 

Hi preschooler parents! This week’s letter is the letter F. Help your child find objects around the house that start with the letter F, and then do a show and tell. Need some ideas? How about a footprint, a flower, or a folder?

Talk about how the letter F sounds, and how it looks. Then sing the alphabet song together. Read a book with your child, and look for words that have the letter F in them. Take a walk outside with the whole family and look for any flowers that might be popping up early. Your F craft is to make an alphabet book all about your child’s family. Decorate the cover of a blank notebook, and help your child write the title “My Family”. Together write the letters on the alphabet, one letter on each page of the notebook. Finally, pick one attribute about your family that starts with that letter of the alphabet, and illustrate the page with that attribute. For example, for the letter P there could be a picture of popcorn, because your family likes to eat popcorn and watch movies together. You could have your child draw the pictures, or you could go through old magazines and cut out appropriate pictures, and glue them in your book. Then print out the letter F homework and do it together. Have fun!

Isn’t the letter F fantastic?!

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The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs

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Lee loves jazz, and every night he played his piano at the jazz club, “yimba-timba-TANG-zang zang”. Then Lee begins to lose his hearing, and his music starts coming out wrong, “ronk. phip. tonk”. Fortunately, Lee finds a school for the deaf, where he learns sign language and sees new music in hands going “boo-bang-bing”. Lee finds other musicians at the school and they start a jazz band that plays on the subway. This is an amazing story about music–as a form of communication, as something that brings people together and creates friendships, as a way to feel good about yourself and others, as something that celebrates difference and yet is all-inclusive. The illustrations are perfect for the story, sharp and well, jazzy. People’s faces are done in colors like pink, purple, and orange, but this just further serves to lift the story beyond the everyday realm of black and white, and into another world entirely, one filled with music for everyone.

This book may be difficult for kids to grasp on the first read, but they will enjoy the language and the illustrations, and reading it together will give you the chance to open a positive discussion about difference, and differences, among people. So, give this one a chance, you will certainly be rewarded.

–Miss Tracey

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The letter G

Hi preschooler parents! This week’s letter is the letter G. Help your child find objects around the house that start with the letter G, and then do a show and tell. Need some ideas? How about a guitar, a gold crayon, or some gum?

Talk about how the letter G sounds, and how it looks. Then sing the alphabet song together. Read a book with your child, and look for words that have the letter G in them. Make gingerbread kids and decorate them together, either real ones or paper ones. Your G craft is messy but fun. Have your child make a pattern on a piece of construction paper using a bottle of Elmer’s glue. Place the paper in a shallow box, then sprinkle glitter all over the paper. The glitter will only stick to the glue pattern–how glamerous! Then print out the letter G homework and do it together. Have fun!

Isn’t the letter G great?!

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book review/poetry Friday

Dear Bunny: A Bunny Love Story by Michaela Morgan

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Valentino (Tino) and Valenteeny (Teeny) are two bunnies that, despite their names, need a little help reaching their “hoppily ever after”.  Although they each think that the other is “lovely”, they are too shy to talk to each other.   So, they decide to write letters, which they leave in a hollow log for the other to find.  However, these letters are ill-fated–a family of mice shred the letters to use in their nest.  When the bunnies begin to cry, the mice realize what they have done and decide to play cupid.  They take the best parts of the letters and put them together into a masterpiece of sweet romance, which the bunnies read and realize that they were indeed meant for each other.  Awww…  The story makes for a wonderful read-aloud, with fun dialogue and vocabulary, and the illustrations are adorable.  Be sure to check this one out!

–Miss Tracey

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book review

Dinos in the Snow by Karma Wilson

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A fun and quick read for all those snow and dinosaur lovers out there.  All different kinds of dinos dressed in coats, hats, and mittens play in the snow and ride on their “dino-sleighs”.   They have snowball fights, build snowmen and even ice skate through a fun winter day.  The story is written in a rhyming, singsong-y verse, and the illustrations are colorful cartoons.  Be sure to look for the Triceratops with his work coat on (“Stuck in the snow? Call Tricera-plow–and GO!”) and the “cretaceous creme donuts” .  

–Miss Tracey

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Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

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What does a boy do with a sad penguin?  Take it home, of course.  The little boy in this story finds a penguin on his doorstep, and decides that it must want to go home.  The boy does lots of research and discovers that penguins live in the North Pole, so together they set off in a row boat.  They float through “good weather and bad”, and there’s “lots of time for stories”.  But once he drops off the penguin at the North Pole, the boy discovers his mistake–the penguin was looking for a friend, not home.  Of course, they are reunited in the end, with hugs and happiness all around.  This is a sweet yet poignant story of friendship that kids will enjoy hearing read aloud.  The illustrations are simple and gently colorful, and portray the saddest penguin you will ever see.  Be sure to check this one out!

–Miss Tracey

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the letter W

Hi preschooler parents!  This week’s letter is the letter W.  Help your child find objects around the house that start with the letter W, and then do a show and tell.   Need some ideas?  How about a wagon, some water, or a wheel?

Talk about how the letter W sounds, and how it looks.  Then sing the alphabet song together.  Read a book with your child, and look for words that have the letter W in them.   Don’t forget to go out and play in the winter weather.   Your W craft is to paint using toy car wheels.  Then print out the letter W homework and do it together.   Have fun!

Isn’t the letter W wonderful?!

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