preschool reading: Blueberries for Sal

Robert McCloskey. Blueberries for Sal (1948).

Reading Strategies: Activating Prior Knowledge, Retelling

Coordinating Weekly Activities:

  • Rereading(s) of McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings
  • Buying blueberries at the market
  • Blueberry pancakes/muffins for breakfast

Day One:
View pictures of picking blueberries last summer with cousins, discuss
Read title and study cover: “What do we think this book will be about?”
Read aloud Blueberries for Sal

Day Two:
Collect blueberries in a tin pail, practice the kerplink kerplunk sound dropping them in
Eat blueberries for snack and reread story

Day Three:
Color page of little Sal and glue on border

Day Four:
Discuss what bears and people do with blueberries, record answers
Make list of blueberry foods

Day Five:
Retell the story to Daddy, looking at pictures
Reread Blueberries for Sal

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3 Responses to preschool reading: Blueberries for Sal

  1. Mert Tabbut says:

    Way to go Betsy! Do you have For the Children’s Sake or Honey for a Child’s Heart? They are older books, but very good reference tools for good literature (lists books by age). As you build your library for your children alongside it be building your reference library. Your friend’s suggestion of the Sonlight catalog on a previous post is a great suggestion. Veritas Press catalog is also a good reference. Check out Lamplighter Publishing website. Your children are a bit young yet for their books, but it won’t be long. Great grandparent suggestions for Christmas presents. Happy reading!!!!!!!

    BTW, I had a dream last night that we were back in Oxford visiting you all. Too bad we didn’t have more time to talk over tea or at Byron’s Perfect Burgers. I am still thinking about them. They were so good.

    • betsy says:

      I loved “For the Children’s Sake”, Mert. That one is staying on my shelf. I haven’t heard of the other but will take a look. Thank you! As always, you point me in the right direction!

  2. Cara says:

    Oooooo, I love this book. My kids especially love the kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk. Thanks for sharing what you are reading.

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