Saturday, March 31, 2012

What My Child Is Reading–March 31, 2012

Hello Mrs Piggle Wiggle

Anna’s Kindergarten teacher certainly knows Anna well. Anna absolutely loved the first book in Mrs Piggle-Wiggle series and was sad to return it to Mrs J, but she was very happy to discover that there are more books to read. We now read together Hello, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle, and Anna is very upset on the nights when we don’t have time to read through 20-25 pages of one chapter. I liked the first book better, but it’s still a good, light-hearted read with a clear message of right and wrong behavior.

Rebecca Passover

I discovered Rebecca’s Passover last week in the library and brought it back this year. Passover coincides with Easter this year, so I figured that we will read Passover book this week and Easter books that actually tell the story of Christ and not of bunnies and eggs next week. I like Rebecca’s Passover, because it gives both the background for a celebration and explains celebration itself through the eyes of a young girl. Age - 4+

Bunny Who Found Easter

I read The Bunny Who Found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow/Helen Craig to Anna on the night when I was not in the mood to read a long chapter from Mrs Piggle Wiggle. She was pouting but gradually started to enjoy this simple story for younger kids. It has little to do with Easter and a lot more to do with seasonal changes in nature. This book is written in rich descriptive language and might be useful for a lesson on adjectives or on seasons. Age - 3+

The Very Busy Spider

I wonder sometimes what is the design principle behind Anna’s K reading program. Mostly the books are good, but they have widely different reading levels and age targets. This week it was The Very Busy Spider that she read when she was 2. No wonder she wrote This book is boring in her required one sentence book report. Age – under 5 years old Smile


Julie said...

Anna's reaction to The Very Busy Spider made me laugh! I have to say that M is always choosing board books and toddler books to read. I don't understand why she's so drawn to them but when we walk into the library, that's where she heads first.

MaryAnne said...

I agree that the first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book is the best one. Still need to get a copy for Emma - thanks for reminding me!

Ticia said...

I laughed at her reaction to Very Busy Spider. The odd thing is when I was teaching my 2nd grade class enjoyed it. So, it's always odd what kids enjoy. I have a hard time predicting it.

I read an article recently that explained the timing of Easter and Passover, and apparently they try to time Easter so it is the Sunday after Passover. I may be misremembering the explanation.

Joyful Learner said...

Ever since K transitioned to chapter books, she rarely ever looks at picture books. I usually am the one picking picture books out for her and sometimes they go unread. It's kind of sad because there are many good picture books. But at least we no longer have to bring our shopping cart to the library for all the heavy picture books. Instead of 40 or more, we now borrow 10-20 chapter books and they are much lighter. K just finished Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and loved it! Thanks for the recommendations.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I believe Passover and Easter are always near each other since they are both based on a lunar calendar. When there is a Jewish leap year then they fall out of sync.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Your Passover book looks interesting. I have a chapter book for the older girls - that takes place in Egypt, I had planned as part of our Africa study. Thanks for the reminder to pull it out!

Jackie H. said...

Sounds like some good reads. I love that Anna already has strong opinions on what she likes in literature! Future book blogger??

Yelena said...

Ah, we just started listening to the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle CD and my son loves it! I mentioned hiring a sitter for a couple of hours and he said "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle knows how to deal with everything with children, right? And you don't, right? Is that why you want a sitter?". In your other post you mentioned Anna taking Russian lessons. Does she read Russian books? Which ones?

hey said...

Oh, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle brings back memories. So many wonderful books, so little time. I need to add this one to our library list. :)

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

Rebecca said...

The Bunny who found easter looks good- I haven't seen it before. Thanks. It's also great to have a teacher that really can steer your daughter towards the right books!

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