I love the series of Jane Belk Moncure - the best proof that phonics can be fun. Anna really likes these books too. Since we are very much over learning the alphabet, I pick them up in a random sequence. This week we read My "a" Sound Box, My "h" Sound Box, and Short "a" and Long "a" Play a Game. They are fun, short and lead to some extension activities - such as finding more words with this sound. They also allow to focus not just on nouns, but on other sentence elements.Anna liked Nancy Tafuri books in the past, I took this one from the library. She liked it OK, but only for about 10 readings - far from record in our house. On the other hand, she was choosing it for bedtime stories. Usually Anna only chooses extremely cheerful stories for bedtime. This book would be good if someone is into thematic learning for I Am Special theme. When I am reading to Anna, a sign of her engagement is usually the number of question she asks or the extension plays she invents. Unfortunately, she didn't ask many questions here, only about beavers and prairie dogs, two animals that she wasn't familiar with. I think that the book was a little too basic for her. On the other hand, she started telling me, I will love you forever and ever and always - it's really sweet to hear this phrase coming from your toddler that just a few minutes ago threw a tantrum not wanting to go to the bath :)
And now let me introduce "a flop of the week". After one reading Anna absolutely refused to touch this book. Apparently, the picture of an octopus scared her, and even though he is a positive character in the story she didn't want anything to do with it. This was disappointing, because I was hoping to do some neat fish art projects based on this book. So if anyone knows another good book about fish, feel free to drop me a comment.
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