Friday, September 20, 2013

What We Read in Preschool This Week {1}

I am going to try to share the many books we read each week in preschool.  This may or may not be a major fail. ;)

Kissing Hand - Audrey Penn

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.

I always read this on our Parent Child days and on our first day of school.  That way parents hear about the kissing hand and students do too.  And it ties nicely into a beginning year study of nocturnal animals.  Kids love it.  And there are TONS of activities to do with it.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Jane Cabrera

A favorite lullaby becomes a celebration of love in this lushly illustrated version featuring animals from all over the world.

This book has excellent illustrations.  I also have this book on CD and my kids listened to it before rest time and during clean up time and I read it aloud to them.

All By Myself - Mercer Meyer

All the many things a young child can do independently are demonstrated, (tying shoes, riding bike, kicking ball), but there is one thing one cannot do alone.

I love sharing this at the beginning of the year too.  It helps remind kids of all the things they can do themselves and we all share something and then I include in my first newsletter things they can do by themselves to remind their parents. ;)

Llama Llama Misses Mama - Anna Dewdney

Strange new teacher.
Strange new toys.
Lots of kids and lots of noise!

What would Llama like to do?
Llama Llama feels so new . . .

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?

Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be!

This book is cute and has great rhymes.  Most kids have read it before and a few can easily fill in the blank with the rhymes.  Love it.

Chester the Brave - Audrey Penn

Little Chester Raccoon, the beloved character who has helped so many children with issues in their lives, learns the meaning of bravery and a method for overcoming his fears in this new Audrey Penn title. After sharing the story of a little bird who is afraid to have flying lessons in front of his friends, Mrs. Raccoon tells Chester that being brave doesn’t mean being unafraid; being brave means not letting that fear stop him. Mrs. Raccoon teaches Chester an important strategy: Think-Tell-Do. When he thinks he is afraid, he tells himself he can do it, and then he just does it. Of course, getting a Kissing Hand helps a little too. This simple strategy can be helpful to children in many different situations.

This one is a bit wordy for a read aloud for preschoolers but my kids loved it because it had Chester in it!

Please Say Please - Margery Cuyler

Penguin is having a party, and his nine adorable animal guests have their manners all mixed up. From one silly incident to another, the guests learn where to put your napkin (not on your head!), how to sip your milk (don't spray it!), and when to tell a joke (NOT when your mouth is full!). Proper Penguin's patience is tried, but by the time his guests say good-bye, they have even learned to say, "Thank you!"

Cute book to talk about manners.  I liked asking them, "is this correct? is this right?" And having them brainstorm the appropriate behavior.  This led to us using this same language in the classroom in different situations about manners.

Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes - Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good.

They all loved this one.  I introduced it to our 3's teacher last year and so a lot of my kids already knew it and they were rocking out.  I played the book on CD for them.

Raccoon Tune - Nancy E. Shaw

A family of mischievous raccoons rifles through sleeping people’s trash in search of treats.

June night,
Just-right-for-raccoon night—
Not too dark,
Not too bright,
As we look for treats."

And look, indeed, they do! A precocious family of raccoons prowls around the neighborhood, making a ruckus until they find a supper that’s truly “delish.”

This rollicking night outing, in lively verse and action-filled pictures, is sure to make the young reader laugh out loud.

Love the rhymes in this one! Perfect to go along with our Chester books and our Nocturnal Animal Study.

I read at least two books a day and on two of our days this week I even read a Scholastic Magazine.  One was about caring for things at school and one was about school rules.

What children's books did you read this week?

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