Posts Tagged ‘books’

Your Preschooler as an Author!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 by by

Hello!  I’m Lorie, and I blog about children’s activities related to books over at Reading Confetti.  When doing literacy activities with my kids, I find that if I don’t take their lead, I’m in for a big struggle.  So I try to watch for opportunities when I can.  We have a wild rabbit who visits our yard, and the kids are fascinated with it.  I just had to take advantage by making a nonfiction book about rabbits with my preschooler.  You could make a similar book about anything your kids are interested in learning more about.

What you need

  • camera and printer
  • a nonfiction book about your subject
  • book making materials
  • art supplies

What it targets

  • awareness of text features
  • activating background knowledge before reading
  • fine motor skills (printing, cutting, and gluing)



DIY Upcycled Cereal Box –> Darling Daily Planner

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 by by

I have needed a new daily planner for some time, but I was a bit too, well, cheap to buy the kind I liked – so I decided to use an empty cereal box to make my own! Here’s how to do your own, step by step.

Step 1


*Empty cereal box

*Printed planner pages (50-100)

*1 striped sheet and 1 polka dot sheet of paper

*Clear masking tape

*Letter stickers

*Needle and thread

*Scissors (more…)

Freebie Friday! Daddy, Daddy, Who Do You See? {Printable Book}

Friday, February 24th, 2012 by by

This month, my daughter’s preschool is doing a Family theme. She goes to a Montessori school, and this is their alternative to celebrating Valentines Day. I personally think this is awesome, since my husband and I refer to Valentines Day as Hallmark Day. Ha. For children, it is a fun holiday where you get candy, small gifts, and have a party (I do love any excuse to have a party), but as adults I just think the holiday is silly! I think we should be telling the ones we love that we love them EVERY DAY!

Anyway, I like the whole family and the ones we love theme, so I decided to make a printable book to go along with the theme of family. Yet again, I used Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? as a template.

Daddy, Daddy, Who Do You See is a free printable book that targets family member vocabulary. In addition, it targets the concept of WHO and can be used to practice asking and answering “who” questions. Specifically, this book targets the following vocabulary:

Who, Look(ing), You, See, Daddy, Mommy, Grandpa, Grandma, Brother, Sister, Baby Brother, Baby Sister, Aunt and Uncle and Cousins.


FREEBIE FRIDAY! The Very Hungry Reindeer Printable

Friday, December 16th, 2011 by by

This is another book inspired by Eric Carle. This time, I was inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar and our new reindeer friend, Mr. Reindeer.

In this book, the Reindeer finds himself very hungry as he thinks about all the flying he will need to do on Christmas Eve. So, he starts looking for something to eat! This book targets many different Christmas vocabulary words, as well as counting skills and basic concepts. Vocabulary targeted includes Reindeer, jingle bells, ornaments, presents, Christmas lights, stockings, Christmas tree, hot chocolate, candy cain, gingerbread house, fruitcake, gingerbread man, eggnog and chestnuts; counting  1-6, all the days of the week, concepts of big, round, colors, etc.

How to use this mini book:

  1. You will need scissors to cut out the pictures and glue to glue them in. (Optional: you can laminate this book, and the pictures, and use Velcro to attach the pictures to the pages. This would be great for small groups.)
  2. You will notice on each page that there is a small picture of each Christmas item next to its name in the sentence. This is to help young children help you “read” the book. (The pictures can also be an extra visual cue for step four. The children can match picture to picture).
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Under the Sea Literature

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 by by

I found a lot of books with an under the sea or ocean theme that I was able to tie into other activities. I love it when I am able to do this, because it really gets Jonah excited about a book and a theme. Here are the “Under the Sea” books that we enjoyed!

Wiggle Like an Octopus by Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback:

I think Eve picked this book because of the neat holographic cover. Once we got it home and read it, the kids were hooked on what was inside! This book has simple colorful illustrations of many sea creatures, along with descriptions of how they move. We had a lot of fun getting out of our reading chair and moving around like the creatures in the book! This book is great if you’re looking for some gross motor ideas.

The Whale’s Song by Dyan Sheldon and Gary Blythe: (more…)

Butterfly Literature

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 by by

We picked up some books from the library to go along with our butterfly themed learning activities this week. Both Jonah and Eve really enjoy reading and looking at these books, because the pages are so colorful!

Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert: I really enjoy Lois Ehlert’s children’s literature. The stories have a nice calming rhythm and explain things that children encounter every day in a simple yet elegant way. The illustrations are unique and captivating. Jonah really likes to turn the pages in this book because they vary in size, overlapping pictures over several pages. The story tells the tale of how an egg turns into a butterfly.

My Butterfly Book (a Smithsonian board book): (more…)

Cat in the Hat

Saturday, May 28th, 2011 by by

I’m not sure what to think.
All I can say is that I am amazed at the mind of a 3 year old.
How can one memorize a whole book?

Exceptionally, that is the answer!

My Gabi loves her books!


Best Baby Books

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 by by

My son is now 2 and a half, and his daycare buddies are not far behind. Over the past couple of years, we have accumulated quite the collection of books for babies and toddlers. In addition to this, we have borrowed many children’s books from the library. By now, it is quite obvious which books should be among the first to introduce babies to. (I’ll save why I think some books win out over the others for another post.) Here are my top picks.

Birth to 15 months

  1. There are four similar books by Helen Oxenbury that are, without a doubt, my favourite first books for kids: “All Fall Down”, “Clap Hands”, “Say Goodnight”, “Tickle Tickle”.

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BBC ‘The Book Challenge’ book list

Monday, April 4th, 2011 by by

BBC has released a list of 100 ‘must read’ books… the ‘average’ person will have read 6 of these books, which is pretty shocking considering so many of these are classics!  It would be interesting to compare the books from the list that have been read by a 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 & 80 year old.. I have a feeling the 60-80 age group will have read the most – and not just becuase they’re older & therefore have had more opportunity to read a larger number of books… but after talking to a few ‘older’ people, it seems they were all about the classics in their younger days, whereas nowadays that doesn’t seem to be the case quite so much.

So my new challenge for myself is to read more of the books of this list.  I knwo that Pride & Prejudice is in the bookshelf about 1 metre from where I sleep at night, along with probably 4 or 5 more of these books.  I’ve always thought “I should read ___________” – so perhaps now is the time to start reading some of those books!

Here is the list:
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (more…)

Snuggle Up and Read

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 by by

I’ll spare you the “yes I know I haven’t blogged in a million years” explanation and just jump right into some of the happenings in our life.

Jacob’s class is doing a reading readiness/encouragement program called Snuggle Up and Read which is in my opinion a Kindergarten version of what will later become primary school book reports.  The idea of the plan is that the kids in the class will come home with two books a week and with their parents they will try to work through the books with them by encouraging them to read as much as they can and use phonics to sound out words…..if they struggle with the reading we can help get the kids to guess what the word might be based on the pictures of the story.  Once the book is done the parents ask the child a series of “who, what, where, when, why and how” questions to help them with reading comprehension and then the child will try their best to copy the title of the book into the journal and draw a picture of their favourite part of the story.

Jacob has been very excited about this ever since we signed the form saying that we wanted to participate and let me tell you he got right to work when he got home on Friday and did all of the homework he had in a matter of 24 hours when it didn’t need to be brought back to school until this coming Thursday.  The books as we expected they might be were a little too easy for Jacob but regardless we enjoyed our time snuggling up to read together and the journalling that took place afterward….Jacob even added a sentence to the bottom of his pictures about his favourite part in each book.

Here are his journal entries that he completed in his book….the first one was done at school and the second two here at home after reading the books with Mommy and Daddy.

Book:  We Are The Monsters

Favourite Part:  Jumping in mud

Book:  My Little Fish

Favourite Part:  The fish is in the cave.

Book:  This is my World

Favourite Part:  I like the big world.

I just love watching Jacob’s little mind work and unfold as he grows and as a person who loved reading and doing book reports as a child this activity is really just so much fun!!