My daughter is now 7 year old and a very fluent reader. Very often I hear the same question, What did you do with her when she was little? Well, we read a lot, and I maintained a diary of our reading activities in weekly What My Child Is Reading entries in my blog. I decided to make these reading diaries more useful and create a new series on my blog where I will share our best books for each month for ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Moreover, I will pair each book with an extension activity – sometimes with ours and sometimes with activities from my creative friends from Kid Blogger Network. In this post I am featuring books that we read when Smarty was 2.5 years old.
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1. US Holiday of the Month – Father’s Day
I Love You, Daddy! by Edie Evans is a short poem that is perfect for attention span of 2 and 3 year olds. The verse tells about different things that children love to do with their Daddy and most young children will connect to these simple joys of going to a car wash or going camping. It’s a great way to get in the mood for some Father’s Day crafting with one of these simple Father’s Day projects from No Time for Fashcards.
2. Eating the Alphabet
Summer is a great time to encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert delivers double dose of learning fun – discovering new fruits and vegetables and exploring or reinforcing the alphabet. Learn-Play-Imagine has a brilliant set of extension activities for Eating the Alphabet – my personal favorite was a mystery bag where children had to recognize a fruit or vegetable by touch. I still want to do it here, maybe with a blindfold to combine smell and touch senses.
3. As the Roadrunner Runs
Summer is time of travel, and many young children are intensely interested in maps. As the Roadrunner Runs by Gail Hartman is a great introduction to maps, especially for children familiar with US Southwest landscapes where the story is set. One possible extension for this story is making your own colorful street map from Teach Preschool.
4. The Opposites
Many 2 and 3 year old are still developing language concept. My daughter’s language skills progressed fast, but she still loved interactive concept books like Opposites by Robert Crowther when she was 2 and a half. It’s hard to believe now that it was 5 years ago, but I certainly remember her feelings about this particular book and its tabs and interactive features. There are many fun ways to take learning about opposites in the real world – Fantastic Fun and Learning developed a multi-age unit on it, and I wish we did her wet and dry sensory play when Smarty was a toddler.
5. Come Rhyme with Me
Since I was keen on teaching Smarty to read early, we were playing a lot of games to promote phonemic awareness (ability to hear sounds in words). Rhyming games is one great way to develop phonetic awareness, and Come Rhyme With Me! by Hans Wilhelm offers not only catchy rhyme riddles, but also happens to be a great animal alphabet book. It is definitely worth a look if you have a beginning or a struggling reader as well. You can check out my own post for more ideas to practice phonemic awareness.
6. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
Our opinions were split on Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming. I liked the artwork and the story, but my sophisticated 2 year old was preferring longer stories at that time and was not that interested. Perhaps we should have brought three kittens to life like Growing Book By Book did with her printable playdough mat and playdough kittens.
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