Monday, June 20, 2011

5 A Day picks

5 a day booksOur picks for the week of June 20~
The first 3 are Eric Carle books , and they were on our shelf last week too.  We had Brown Bear Brown Bear last week and it kind of took on a life of its own with all of the fun crafts and activities.  C reallly enjoyed it, but I don't feel like he gave these a fair shake or = time.  So, we are keeping them around another week to enjoy and do even more fun activities.

simple counting with Carle's unusual illustrations of animals

I hope to make an animal train with C this week.  It is on the list we will see what happens with our summer schedule.

Panda Bear features a string of fine feathered (and furry and scaly) friends watching over each other. In this book, however, all the animals are endangered, from a swinging spider monkey to a strutting macaroni penguin (kids will get a kick out of that name!) to a splashing sea lion.

We read this a couple of times last week. I love the animals in it and can't wait to have some crafty fun and further explore this one with C.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?" asks the title character and, more importantly, the young reader/listener what they see as they turn through the pages of this wonderful book. Like "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?," this book is filled with brilliant, big and colorful pictures from Eric Carle. Bill Martin, Jr. focuses this story on North American animals, making it a bit more interesting for the kids and their parents here in the good ol' U.S. of A

 Honestly, I flipped this book and it flipped back.  I would fix it for you but it is very late/early and I'm just to tired. 

Tractor by Craig Brown :  this tractor is depicted in warm earth tones and fuzzy lines as it goes about its work on a small farm in the Midwest. The straightforward, minimal text describes how the farmer uses the tractor and its attachments to prepare the soil, plant seeds, harvest corn, and haul it to market.
 A cutesy, rhymed text in the child's voice tells toddlers how Henry receives his very own potty "to use when I am ready." Then the narrator goes on to relate how he/she sits on it, has success, and is rewarded with new underwear, not to mention the praise and applause of Mommy and Daddy.

C picked this up once already and didn't seem overly impressed we will see what happens.

Some of our Brown Bear activities from last week:

We painted a brown bear with chocolate pudding (will post pictures this week)
Brown Bear File Folder Game (love it we worked on matching, and colors)
Brown bear busy bag (sizing bears from largest to smallest, also use as puppets post pictures this week)
Brown bear m&m sorting activity (this works perfectly with m &m's) I'll post this week also