Thursday, May 20, 2010

Parade Day

We got Parade Day from “new books” section of the library. The book features a parade for each month of the year and pretends to rhyme. The illustrations are colorful, but I thought that some pages are confusing. For example, April features ticker tape parade which doesn’t even happen every year. It’s beyond me why the author didn’t do Easter Parade instead. In the end of the book there is more detailed information on each month and its holidays as well as instructions on making your own calendar, so overall the book is good for reinforcement of calendar concepts. For some reason Anna really wanted to try making the calendar, so I decided May17_Calendar to use a calendar-making kit that I got some time ago at $1 store. It became clear very quickly that Anna was overwhelmed with variety of options. We could somewhat focus on filling in names of the months, and the dates and special stickers for birthdays and major holidays. She didn’t last long, especially since both of us were sick and cranky. I was hoping that she will at least color one or two pages, but she was not in the least interested. However, we had a funny exchange during this project:

  • Anna: May is the shortest month of the year.
  • Me: No, February is the shortest. Why did you decide that May is the shortest?
  • Anna: Because it only has three letters.

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12 comments:

Christy said...

I love Anna's reasoning for May being the shortest month of the year. So cute and clever.

MaryAnne said...

Looks like you were both right about the shortest month of the year =)

I've never even heard of a ticker tape parade!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very clever! It sounds like Anna really keeps you on your toes :)

Sorry to hear your both sick.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I wish our library had a new books section! Hope you guys feel better soon. :)

Debbie said...

I am sorry to hear you both are sick, get feeling better soon!

I love Anna's reasoning about May being the shortest month, that is so cute!

Jenny said...

love her reasoning, too. hope you both get well soon!

Ticia said...

Being sick is seriously no fun. I hope you both get better soon!
Pretty smart to think that way.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the idea! Great month to choose.

redtedart said...

I think your conversation about the shortest month of the year surely made all the effort worth while!! Love it! Also love your posts as you show our little people's "true" side - they don't always want to do what we ask them to.. will be interesting to see how long I can keep Red Ted "entertained" and when crafts will become boring.. but hopefully Pip Squeak will be my reinforcement!!!!

Fab post! ;-)

Aging Mommy said...

Ooh Natalie you are going to be in so much trouble with a preschooler who is already outsmarting you :-) I fear for Anna's teachers, really I do :-)

Lovely story

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Oh, she is so witty even when she's tired and cranky! Emily loves making up her own calendar too, but we only do one month at a time. And lately she has been counting down the days until she gets to go visit Grandma... very exciting!

littlewondersdays said...

Fun project. I love the shortest month conversation.