Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bats at the Library Picture Book for October

Bats at the Library is not a Halloween book but it is very suitable for this season. There were two wonderfully teachable things about this book. First, kids get to learn all about the library and the many things to do there. Second, they get to learn about bats. How would a bat sit for story time? Upside down of course!  The bats invade the library in the dark of night and then proceed to read the books, use the copy machine, dance around in the water fountain, and play on the computers.

Here are some ways to use this book in your classroom:

Bat Coloring Pages
First School- coloring pages along with letter B practice
Coloring Pages for Kids- Some cute and some closer to a true sketch

Bat Crafts

First School- Handprint Bats
Red Ted Art Projects-25 Bat Crafts for Kids

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Ways to Use the Picture Book- Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere- in Your Classroom

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere is a book that is easy to listen to with engaging illustrations.  The author uses jack-o-lanterns to show facial recognition, direction, animal recognition and the fun parts of Halloween. Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere would be an excellent book to use with special learners or ESL kids because of phrases that repeat like "Pumpkin wet and pumpkin dry... Pumpkin happy and pumpkin sad." This book works for classroom or home. This is a Halloween "Friendly" book suitable for small children. My review of this book gives it 5 Stars

What I liked about this book is that there are so many things that you can do with it.
You can work on emotion recognition
You can have a pumpkin parade
You can enjoy music and movement with the pumpkin boogie beat
You can identify the animals carved on the pumpkins.

Here are some pumpkin coloring pages
Raising Our Kids - 12 really cute pages
DLTK Coloring WS- While you're there check out some of the DLTK Crafts. They have an enormous collection paper plate and toilet tissue roll crafts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Picture Book Review: Maxwell the Monkey Barber

I was totally pulled in by the cover on this picture book. It so beautifully fills the page. Maxwell the Monkey Barber is the story of a cute little monkey who provides new hairdo's for the animal kingdom. My first thought upon reading the book was to warn preschoolers how cutting hair is only a grownups job.
This is a cute little book that can emphasize "thinking outside of the box" to help a friend and could be used with coloring sheets of monkeys, elephants, and lions. Also, don't forget a barber is a community helper!
Here is my review:
4 Stars
Maxwell is an adorable little monkey who provides haircuts for other animals. I was immediately drawn in by the cover. When Maxwell must make an elephant look good, he comes up with a wonderfully practical solution. This would be a good book for a preschool classroom!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Picture Book Review: Puggle's Problem

This is a great little book for teaching the concept of patience. Puggle's Problem is about a spiny anteater who is waiting for his prickly spines to grow in. The book follows a familiar pattern of Pipp, the main character asking other animals about how they acquired their individual features. For American children, it is a great exposure to Australian animals and by the way, "gum" to them is eucalyptus plants.
Here is my review:
4 Stars
Puggle's Problem is a great book to help young children understand the concept of patience. Pipp, a spiny anteater, is waiting for his spines to grow in and asks an array of animals about their growing pains. The illustrations are simple and uncluttered, making this book easier to focus on for young children and special learners.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

New Picture Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing

Ever have one of those days when the temper tantrums outnumber the Kumbaya moments? The Most Magnificent Thing delves into a child's frustration while in the the throes of creativity. Ashley Spires little girl is adorable, and this would be a great book to read to your class.

Here is my review:
A little girl has an idea for a "Magnificent" creation. "Easy Peasy". 
This humorous book shows a child's excitement and resulting 
frustration in the creative process. After blowing off some steam, 
the little girl goes back to her creation and comes up with something 
really magnificent. This would be good for all children, but especially
 children who become easily frustrated.  Loved this delightful book.

Coloring Pages About Inventors

@ Crayola

@ Nursery Rhymes Fun

@ Printable Colouring Pages