Friday, July 16, 2010
For "At the Post Office" week, I read this book to my toddler classroom. It was a bit over their heads but they loved it anyway. The story was more appropriate for them as the illustration captivated them. They also loved the fact that there were letters in all the envelopes. Only a couple of the children cared to listen to the letters and soon lost interest, but when I read the story without the letters, they were able to make it to the end of the book. =) The story basically follows a postman as he delivers mail and packages to different people in the town. He also has a cup a tea at everyone's home that he delivered to. I personally liked the letters and think older children (Pre-K) would enjoy the letters and the humor in them. I give this book 3.5 stars! (only because it is better suited for a Pre-K classroom and not a toddler classroom)
This week, we learned all about the post office. We looked at pictures of mail rooms, postal clerks, mailboxes, mail truck and more. The children made mailbox collages, colored letters and envelopes, and colored a picture of a postman. =) I even made a cardboard box covered with blue construction paper to look like a mail box. We stuffed their "letters" in the envelopes and pretended to mail their letters in the mailbox. The children really enjoyed stuffing the mailbox and then emptying it again so they could do it all over again! :D
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
1.Read aloud every day to your child.
2. Be a reader yourself. Children learn from what they see.
3. Make reading a special time; get excited about the new books and illustrators that are out there.
4. Find special author’s to follow whose work you both like.
5. Go to the library, book store or start a book club/swap for children your child’s age.
taken from http://classroomtalk.com/
Tuesday, July 13, 2010