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 – Independence Day
We read a somewhat different edition of Fourth of July Mice by Bethany Roberts. It’s a great short rhyme book for young children describing Independence Day festivities. At the age of 2.5, my daughter was very apprehensive of fireworks, so we watched a video of fireworks online and did a simple project very similar to cupcake liners fireworks from No Time for Flashcards.
2. Early Readers for Very Young
I started to teach my daughter to read when she was 2.5, and she found this series of Usborne Phonics Readers very engaging. They combine a very short phonics-based story with fun illustrations and a repeated set of characters. Ted’s Red Shed was Smarty’s favorite, and this hammering activity for preschoolers from Crayon Freckles would work very well with it.
3. The Little Engine That Could
I didn’t grow up reading classic children's books in English, but even I vaguely remember a story of the Little Blue Engine from my childhood, so the book must have been translated into my native Russian. I hope that The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper will never get old and will one day send the message of true confidence and hard work to my grandchildren as well. Any pretend play involving trains will work beautifully with this story, especially if it involves hills, or you can make a train collage like Creative Family Fun.
4. Moonbear’s Shadow
Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch is a part of a bigger picture book series about an adorable Moonbear and his friend Bird. It’s a great book for young children trying to comprehend what shadows really are and it’s sort of a cross between a fantasy story and a science story. We did a science extension for it observing how our shadows disappear and appear depending on the light source, but I loved a playful idea from Red Ted Art – recycling a cereal box into a shadow puppet theater.
5. Mister Seahorse
We enjoyed Eric Carle when Smarty was young, and Mister Seahorse was one of our absolute favorites that was read and reread many times at different ages. We used this book to explore art of Eric Carle with coffee filters and watercolors.
6. If You Give a Book a Muffin
If You Give… by Laura Numeroff/Felicia Bond pair was another frequent read in our house between ages of two and three. If You Give a Moose a Muffin was especially popular and daughter giggled every time when we read it enjoying all the mayhem Moose is creating in the house. An obvious extension for this book is baking muffins, but Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas has a full preschool unit for this book for those who want some academic learning fun to go with this book.
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