One of the girls most favorite things to do each week is to walk over to our beautiful library! They tuck their books under their little arms and talk all the way to the library about what book they want to pick next! They are truly captivated by our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Thomas, and listen intently to her descriptions of each book!
Mrs. Thomas gives a quick explanation of each book!
At the end of our library time, the girls sing a sweet song - with good reminders of how to take care of our books!
Research says it's a GREAT thing to read with your daughter!
1. Reading together builds a stronger relationship with you and your daughter - slow down and snuggle up!
2. Children exposed to reading are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education!
3. Reading together reinforces critical language and enunciation skills.
4. It teaches children that text is read from left to right.
5. When you spend time reading to your children, they will learn to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way.
6. Reading to your children enhances their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment.
7. Reading helps children understand and prepare for stressful situations.
8. Reading together enhances concentration and self-control, helping children have longer attention spans and better memory retention.
9. Early reading helps expand vocabulary.
10. READING IS FUN!!!
After our conversation about the box and reading the book, we had a discussion about what we could create out of our box. We even took a vote about what we should make. The girls decided together to make a flower in a flower pot. What a great idea!
THINKING, CREATING, and COLLABORATING!
This activity gives the girls an opportunity to stretch their creative muscles. They use their critical thinking skills to observe and ask questions. Participating in conversations and cooperating in a group project is an important social and developmental skill. As our girls continue to mature and develop, collaborating and thinking critically are essential skills for 21st century learning. What a fun way to establish these things!
Reading Peter Reynolds book, The Dot, was just the beginning of celebrating dots! We explored dots by reading books about dots, counting dots, painting dots, and creating things with dots! We talked about not being afraid of trying new things and what having courage really looked like, just like the little girls in the book!
AND we had a lot of fun!
Creating with DOTS:
Dot activities enhance these developmental skills:
What a treat to have our parents here this morning!
Thanks for wearing dots and decorating dots!
We had a delightful day!
In Audrey and Don Wood's book, The Napping House, you'll find a cute old granny, with some of her favorite friends, napping on a rainy day! The book provides a wonderful opportunity for us to sing about the story and retell what really happened as the story unfolds. Our discussion of morning and nighttime routines fits nicely into this little scenario, too. Each girl got to choose a character and the "audience" helped me sing the song as they watched each other perform! Lookout, Broadway!
Watch the videos below and be sure to ask your girls about all the characters in the story and some new words they learned that mean the same thing as sleeping!
Skills this activity encourages:
'Kevin Henkes book Chrysanthemum gave us the perfect opportunity to talk about our names and how special they are! Your girls LOVE their names! They love to find their names, spell their names, and remind me of their names. They love the first letter of their names and are learning the first letter of the names of their friends. We have been doing LOTS of activities to reinforce name recognition. Please watch the slideshow of the girls' watercolor names and read what makes them special. It will warm your heart and give you a little chuckle, too!
Fun with names!
Fun with names in Spanish class!