Category Archives: Reading

preschool: food groups

A few weeks back we did some preschool study on nutrition and food groups for the “science/social” part of our studies. We all really enjoyed this unit, so I post it here in case it will interest any other preschooling … Continue reading

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preschool: pottery and sculpture unit

For my home-pre-school buddies, here’s an arts unit we did in February that was a big hit. We stretched it over two weeks but it could be done in one or extended for three or four. Building on my daughter’s … Continue reading

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of Monica Dickens: Mariana

Monica Dickens. Mariana (1940). I liked Dickens’ memoir One Pair of Hands only just enough to give one of her novels a try. Though she has dropped from consciousness somewhat Dickens, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, was a leading novelist of the 1930s and 40s–apparently only … Continue reading

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of Monica Dickens: One Pair of Hands

Monica Dickens. One Pair of Hands (1939). I’m not sure how I found this one–perhaps the popularity of Downton Abbey (which to date I have never watched) has thrust memoirs like these forward on the shelves. I like to read memoirs on occasion … Continue reading

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preschool reading: Stone Soup

Marcia Brown. Stone Soup (1947). Books like this one are not only fascinating stories but possess a capacity for allusion and connection that put them on a yet higher plane of usefulness. I want my children to be familiar with a … Continue reading

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preschool reading: The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats. The Snowy Day (1962). One of the things I most appreciate about Ezra Jack Keats is that his stories feature non-white children and urban settings. The standard little-golden-book illustrations portraying little blond girls in pink baby doll dresses and … Continue reading

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preschool reading: The Ox-Cart Man

Donald Hall. The Ox-Cart Man (1979). Reading Strategy: Observing detail/illustrations Note: This is an excellent book for picture study as Barbara Cooney’s stunning and detailed illustrations won the 1980 Caldecott Medal. I did not choose to begin it with a “Picture … Continue reading

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preschool reading: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Virginia Lee Burton. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (1939). Reading Strategies: Predicting, picture walks Coordinating Weekly Activities: Digging in the sand, building with blocks Day One: Picture walk through Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: “What do we think this book … Continue reading

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preschool reading: Caps for Sale

Esphyr Slobodkina. Caps for Sale (1940). Reading Strategy: Sequencing Coordinating Weekly Activities: playing “Simon Says” dress-up clothes (and hats!) Day One: Read Caps for Sale and discuss Day Two: Reread Caps for Sale Sequence story events by cutting and gluing photocopies of the illustrations from … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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