I’m joining The Newbery Project! A recent Facebook conversation inspired me to read all the winners, along with some of the honor books and maybe some winners of other award as well. I’ve started by creating a new page here listing all the Newbery winners as well as the runners up. I’ll be bolding the books as I read them and will also link back to my posts.
The world is so full of a number of things,
I’m sure we should be as happy as kings.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
Today we celebrated Children’s Poetry Day at our house. We had lots of poetry breaks throughout the day. What is a poetry break? It’s an idea I gleaned from a book by the same title. The idea is that you randomly call out “poetry break!” and take the opportunity to introduce your children/students to some great poetry. Here are some of our favorite poetry books.
Piping Down the Valleys Wild by Nancy Larrick
The little boys built a zoo while the two older children completed a truncated version of this activity. There are more ideas here.
The little boys also drew animals and then added cages.
We went driving up and down our town’s Mulberry Street today to see what we could find. Unfortunately there were no marching bands or elephants! Before we went, we tried writing our own tall tales.
As I was out walking I saw a big blue ball. But it couldn’t be a big blue ball. It was a round blue whale. And to think that I saw it on Eldred Street!
Challenge: Using a pipecleaner and a puff, can you make a clover to keep the speck safe? Be sure it’s firmly attached! What will you use for the speck?
A person’s a person no matter how small!
Some additional links:
Crafts, Books, and a Movie
Dr. Seuss Teaches Peace
Make a Pink Clover
Reading to Kids
A Person’s a Person No Mater How Small
Michael reading McElligot’s Pool from Your Favorite Suess, a Random House Treasury
Our own funny fish:
Starfish (Do you see the stars?)
March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday!
We’ll be celebrating in a Suessical way.
Visiting Seussville.com might be fun.
And of course there will be green eggs and ham for everyone.
And who doesn’t love the cat in the hat?
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
We might make a pink clover or maybe a fish,
Or pink ink for a yink served up on a dish.
To celebrate Seuss Day, we could bake a cake
There are so many projects for us to make! Read more...
When Michael was my one and only, things were so much easier. He was always a child who loved when we read to him, and I think we began simple read-alouds like Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books when he was only three.
Now, three more children later, read-aloud is still a treasured tradition in our family. Every day after lunch and a downstairs tidy, we settle in the living room and listen to a story. Sometimes Daddy has an additional read-aloud going at bedtime as well, usually in the summer when he doesn’t have a meeting every night. Read more...