My daughter is now 8 years 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 4 years old.
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1. The Snow FamilyThe Snow Family by Daniel Kirk was one of Smarty’s favorite books about snowmen even though she hadn’t ever seen snow at that time. In the beginning of the book, a human boy plays with magical snow children in the forest and feels sorry for them because they don’t have parents. He and his parents build snow parents for them. I think it’s a great take on how important loving parents are for kids. You can make your own snow family to recreate the book with several wonderful snowmen crafts from Sunshine and Hurricanes – I especially liked these spoon snowmen:
We all started new year with some goals, and many of these goals probably involve trying new things. Sometimes trying something new can be scary and hard. Bernard Waber tackles the subject of courage in a beautiful and nearly wordless book Courage. I am sure that many preschoolers can easily connect to the situations described in the book. If you need more ideas on how to raise courageous kids, check out this great post from Carrots Are Orange – 101 Ways to Teach Kids Courage
3. Martin Luther King Jr. DayI introduced my daughter to Martin Luther King Jr. Day when she was 4. She wanted to know why she doesn’t go to preschool on that day and I don’t go to work. Many books about Martin Luther King are a little “overwhelming” for preschool crowd, but Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Margaret McNamara is a good introduction to a person without going into too much detail about difficult issues that America was facing at the time of racial segregation. The book itself has a great project of children drawing their dreams, and I really liked activities from Teach Preschool in the post learning about Martin Luther King Jr. in Preschool.
4. In Arctic Waters
There is something about winter that wants us study Arctic, perhaps because we hope to convince ourselves that it’s not really that cold where we live. We read several books about Arctic and even did an Arctic lapbook when Smarty was 4. She especially enjoyed In Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford and Ben Hodson with beautiful illustrations of Arctic animals and an interesting non-fiction section on animal adaptations in Arctic. Fun-a-Day turned Arctic exploration into a sensory play with her Arctic small world:
5. On the TownCommunity helpers is another topic that usually fascinates preschoolers. On the Town by Judith Caseley is a great book to explore various jobs in the community even though it might be a little long for wiggly kids. However, it can be read in several sittings as different pages describe different jobs that people do around the town. If your child likes printables, 3 Dinosaurs have a wonderful free Community Helpers Printable Pack with activities perfect for preschoolers or you can explore community jobs through role play with suggestions from The Educators’ Spin On It.
6. Pigs to the Rescue
Tickle your preschoolers’ funny bone with Pigs to the Rescue. John Himmelman delivers the second book in his To the Rescue series with great use of short text and watercolor pictures. Pigs are really trying to help with various problems on the farm, but their best efforts end with chaos and mayhem. Does it sound familiar from the family life with toddlers and preschoolers? And when your kids stopped giggling, they will enjoy making and eating these adorable Oreo Pigs – check out the tutorial on Kids Activities Blog.
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