Thursday, August 28, 2014

This post is part of the series in Book Recommendations for Kids by Age and Month of the Year. It has September book recommendations for children who are 2 or 3 years old. Each book is paired up with additional resources that you can use to extend the story further.
September Books for 5 Year Olds With Extension Activities
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 approaching 5.
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1. The Story of Johnny Appleseed

As fall approaches, many families turn to seasonal books and seasonal learning themes. Apple theme of fall good be a good time to introduce your preschoolers or kindergarteners to biography genre. The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki is a good starting point and it can be extended with some apple taste test and science investigation into how to grow apples from apple seeds like we did a few years ago in this preschool apples mini-unit.
Preschool Apple Mini Unit

2. Feel the Wind

Cooler days of September and changing weather is also a good invitation to getting outside, flying a kite or a paper plane and learning more about why wind blows. Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros is a non-fictional book from a terrific science series Let’s Read and Find Out, and it offers answers to common questions about wind and some learning activities including a DIY weather vane. Left Brain Craft Brain offers 25 activities to learn about wind in this impressive round up.

3. Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic

Adam and Ana Build an Acrostic We made a point to read poetry to our daughter since she was very young. She is a big fan of poetry that rhymes (think Dr Seuss), but we are also trying to introduce her to different poetry styles. Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic is a book from Poetry Builder series explaining not only the poetry styles, but also how to write poems in that style. Acrostic poems is a good start for even the youngest writers, and I want to take an opportunity to recommend this great book of acrostic poems about fall by Steven Schnur: Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic. Simply Vicky has a great set of printables that is together with a simple lesson for kids on writing acrostic poems.

4. We Are Off to Look for Aliens

We are off to look for aliens
My daughter really loved both a story in We Are Off to Look for Aliens by Colin McNaughton and its unusual design. It’s a book within a book where an author Dad hands over his new book to his kids (that other book is hidden within the bigger hardcover book). The inside story is all about visiting different planets and meeting all kinds of aliens while the “container story” has a very fun twist that delighted my then 5 year old. We had a lot of fun drawing our own aliens and making them out of playdough, but if you want to pair some alien fun with learning activities, this “Roll a Sight Word Alien” activity from Playdough to Plato will certainly make learning sight words a lot more interesting.
Roll a Sight Word Alien

5. Greek Myths

Greek Myths
I already wrote about my daughter’s love of mythology that came on when she was in preschool and is still burning strong today. She was very excited to get Greek Myths book by Marcia Williams, the same author who wrote and illustrated Tales of Gods and Pharaohs. I think she would enjoy this book more if she read it before an Egyptian book, we both thought that while this one was strong, a book with myths from Ancient Egypt was better. Still, I recommend this book as a great visual introduction to Greek myths for kids who are not as familiar with them as my daughter was at that point. An interesting extension for this book would be building your own Greek Myths playscape as KC Edventures did while reading other books about Greece. I expect thought that my daughter would want her Olympus to be over The Empire State Building like in Percy Jackson’s series.
Greek Olympus

6.  What Do People Do All Day?

What Do People Do All Day Last, but not the least, I am sharing one of our most favorite books for many years – Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day? Even though this book is “classic”, it is still great for introducing many careers to kids of preschool and early elementary school age. I wrote more about it in my recent post Who Will I Be?, but I really like what Stir the Wonder did with this book by transforming her house into Busytown.

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What would you add to this list for 5 year olds?


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love that mythology play scape!

Ticia said...

That alien book looks really fun.