Tuesday, October 15, 2019
All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin
From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergman *
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson *
Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss *
Craft: Standing Apple Tree
This week's craft is based on the picture at left. The children colored a quarter sheet of cardstock, rolled, and glued it to make into a tree trunk. I then cut two slits in the top of the roll. The kids then colored a cloud shape and glued on red tissue paper pieces as apples. This makes the tree top. The top was slid into the slits so the tree could stand.
- Conduct a taste test. Try several different types of apples to see which your child/family likes best.
- Visit an apple farm to pick apples.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky
Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley *
In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshaman *
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey
Craft: Paper Plate Leaf Wreath
The children were given a paper plate ring with a piece of yarn tied around it for a hanger. They could glue small fall-colored die-cut leaves on the wreath. They were also given 5 larger white die-cut leaves to color and glue on. They could make it into a family wreath by writing the names of their family members on the larger leaves.
- Red Are the Apples talks about the different colors seen in the fall. Play a game of I Spy using fall colors as you go on a fall walk.
- Create a leaf collage. Collect various fallen leaves and glue them onto paper to make pictures.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel *
I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon *
Where Is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley *
Craft: CD Teddy Bear
The kids colored cardstock cutouts of bear's head and paws before gluing to a used cd-rom.
- Hello Hello introduces aspects as animals throughout the book. Ask your child to come up with their own "Hello's" based on the aspects they see in the illustrations.
- Play a game of hide and seek with the CD Teddy Bear craft you make. Hide the teddy bear and see if your child can find it.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Eat Pete! by Michael Rex *
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith *
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld *
Craft: Outlined Rabbit
The kids colored a large sheet with a bunny outline on it. They then glued on small paper squares to the black outline.
- Discuss with your child what things would make up their "perfect day".
- The Rabbit Listened shows different ways to react when things go wrong. Discuss with your child the different ways of acting and which they think are better.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Beware the Monster! by Michael Escoffier
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
Craft: Dog Puppet
Kids colored a dog face, ears, and tongue before gluing them to a paper bag to make into a puppet.
- Can I Be Your Dog? is told through letters. Have your child write a letter to someone. If they are not able to write yet, have them draw pictures to tell a story in the letter.
- Beware the Monster can be a little scary for younger children. Ask your child for ways they could "beat" the monster to help them combat any fear they might have.