Archive for February, 2008

tips for reading out loud

Kids love to hear books read aloud.  Need some tips for reading out loud?  Check out these tips from Reading Rockets.

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book some fun

Let’s book some fun with snow!

First, read the book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert (Lane Library info here), and find out just how fun making a snowman (and more!) can be.   If it’s snowing outside, go out and make your own snow family.

After you have read the book, get ready to make an indoor snowperson.  Use three paperplates per snowperson.  Help your child go around the house and collect as much realia as possible–junk mail, craft stuff, scraps of material and old clothes, birthday cards, buttons, stickers, anything you can find that can be spared for a craft.  Have your child glue these bits of realia to the snowperson, using the book Snowballs for ideas if necessary.  When your child is done decorating their snowperson, they can fill in the empty spots on the paper plates by gluing on cotton balls.  For a twist, use marshmallows instead.  The marshmallows will stick to the plate like magic if you just lick them first!  And of course, be sure to have extras for snacking.  Don’t forget to make a face (hat, clothes, scarf!) for your snowperson.  You could even make arms and/or legs using pretzels.  Finally, attach the three paper plates together using several pieces of masking tape (or punch holes in the bottom and top of the plates where they will join together, thread yarn or string through the holes, and knot securely).

Have fun reading about and making snowpeople!

For lots more snow activities, click here.

–Miss Tracey

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book review

Oooh! Matisse by Mil Niepold

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Getting ready to head to the art museum?  Be sure to read this book first.  Oooh! Matisse asks the reader to take a closer look at several of Matisse’s master cut paper works, turning art appreciation into a fun game for younger ones.  The book begins with an extreme closeup of a blue fleur-de-lys on a golden background, and asks “What is this?”  The text then guides the reader to possible answers, yellow sand or a blue feather, before revealing a larger picture with the words “oooh! I am a Leaf!”   Several more pictures are discussed, and the final spread shows the original Matisse works.  This book could be a fun first step in teaching young readers to appreciate artisitic masterpieces, as well as how to dissect those masterpieces and see them in a new way.   Be sure to make your own cut paper masterpieces after reading this book.   See this  article from Family Fun.com for more information on Matisse and making your own Matisse-like cutouts.

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