Saturday, November 27, 2010

Two themes were dominating our reading this week. First of all, we read quite a few books about history of Thanksgiving – see them in this post. Secondly, we also read a few books about houses, since we are kind of following reading curriculum from Houghton Mifflin and now we are in Houses theme for the first grade. Essentially I just use suggested reading list and pick books that are available in our library from Teacher Read Alouds and for “Above level” sections. Above level books are usually too easy for Anna, but the content is spot on, so she ends up reading those books many times to herself.

What do people do all day

Anna’s favorite book of the week was yet again What Do People Do All Day?we own it, and she seems to select it every three months or so and pours over selected stories from this book. Right now her favorite is about bread making. Anna always likes books that explains how things work or what people do in a playful manner – unfortunately, she doesn’t connect to Magic School Bus series in the same way, at least not yet.

A House for Hermit Crab

We haven’t read A House for Hermit Crab before even though we seem to be picking up one book by Eric Carle every time we go to the library (Anna has her favorites that she likes to read many times). My favorite part in this book was a lesson on manners. I drew Anna’s attention to how the Hermit Crab had something nice to say to each of the creatures he met in his travels and how nice he was eventually giving his house to a smaller crab. It’s a nice story to read while sitting in a warm house in front of a fireplace.

A House Is a House for Me

A House Is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman is another classic that we already read several times before. The poem is somewhat long (especially if there is “why” and “what if” on every page), but I think it’s great on many levels including advanced vocabulary, classification and creative thinking. Every time we read it Anna has different ideas and different questions about the book, and I really appreciate the books that can grow like this with the reader. I think all three books I reviewed so far belong to this category.

Annie Good Move

Annie’s Good Move is part of Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant. We tried them before, but somehow Anna couldn’t quite connect to the story. Maybe it’s because she is not a big fan of big dogs, and Henry clearly looks like an older child than she is. She seems to enjoy the fact that this story includes Henry’s cousin Annie, so we might try some of the books in the series that talk about Annie’s adventures.

What are your children reading? Link up and share – linky is open all week.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm not sure my children would have connected with The Magic School Bus series if they had not seen the shows. We don't usually read the books that are repeats of the episodes, but knowing the characters from the show, makes the books more enjoyable.

Joyful Learner said...

We just got A House is a House for Me and JC has been reading it. I loved the book so much when I first read it so I decided to buy it.

MaryAnne said...

We haven't read Eric Carle's Hermit Crab story, too, and it sounds like a good read!

Infant Bibliophile said...

We haven't read any of those either, and I just put the Scarry one on hold, because my son always loves his books. :)

Tracey M. said...

My son has loved reading the Richard Scarry books for the past year. He likes all the detail of the pictures and identifying the many things there.

Ticia said...

I love "A House for a Hermit Crab," it's one of the few books I got in big book format.

L Harris said...

Thanks for doing this great meme. I love listing the books my kids are reading. I always forget to put the "button" on my post, but I try to link back. I love finding new books for my little ones.

Debbie said...

All these books sound good, I will have to look into them.

Christy said...

A House for Hermit Crab is one that we love too.

C is just now starting to like The Magic School Bus books and like Leah said, I think watching a few of the videos peaked his interest in the books.

Jackie H. said...

I love Eric Carle but I think I had missed the message in A House for Hermit Crab until you pointed it out :)
I'll have to see if I can find What do people do all day? That sounds like a great one to go with our new dress up center I just made the boys!!

Aging Mommy said...

I've not seen that Eric Carle book either, I shall have to hunt it down. We are all about Dr Seuss still here, the Early Reader books are my daughter's favorites, but Pinkalicious is also popular this week.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

My kids have enjoyed watching Magic School Bus too. Hanna liked reading the books, but I haven't thought to pull them out for Joe yet--I need to.

Thanks for the link to Houghton Mifflin. I like the way they have the themes and books listed by grade level. I think I may use this with Joe.

Thanks too, for so many book titles this week that will be new to us!