The following is by editor Kara Fleck.
Zoom! That was the sound of this past week as it went zipping by me! I certainly hope that the whole Summer doesn’t go by as quickly. (I apologize in advance for not taking any pictures of our reading adventures. I’ll fix that before next week’s Summer Reading post).
We made some time to mindfully slow the week down in spots by spending some time together with books. As I mentioned last week, we’re taking part in the iVillage PBS Kids Summer Reading Community Challenge. The challenge began on June 6th, but it isn’t too late to head over here and sign up to participate.
This week, along with the Summer Survival Guide from Life As Mom, we had a Dinosaur themed week.
In Our Book Basket
A quick trip to the library resulted in the following books being in our book basket this week:
- Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs (some silly fun for my three year old)
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
- How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? (my almost five year old loved both of these titles)
- The DK First Dinosaur Encyclopedia
Following the advice from day one’s prompt and advice for reading with a 2 to 5 year old, I focused on reading with my three and almost five year olds, asking them lots of questions to draw them into the books this week. As we were reading, I asked questions and encouraged the kids to share their impressions and thoughts about the characters, creatures, and pictures in our books.
My oldest has been reading some non-dinosaur themed books on her own this week, too. I also asked her to practice reading out loud by having her spend some time reading to her younger brother and sister, too.
Beyond the Page
We took our reading adventures behind the page by checking out some of the activities on the PBS Parents website, such as the Dinosaur Train Activities. I loved being able to tie our dinosaur week into our backyard with this activity: Meeting Modern Dinosaurs – Birds!
The blog Counting Coconuts also has a great dinosaur theme up this month with lots of Montessori based activities for you and your child to explore.
Looking for some books to get you and your kids started on your own Summer Reading Challenge? Check out the PBS Kids Book Finder.
Are you participating in the Summer Reading Challenge? What books have you been enjoying at your house this week?