For “school” with David we’ve been focusing on a different letter each week. I did the same thing with John at this age and it’s a relatively easy way to do a little light preschool. We talk about the sound the letter makes, we make a list for the kitchen bulletin board of words for that letter, we read books that go along with the letter and we try to do a few activities related to the letter. During the week I try to point out times we see the letter or words that have that sound. I have a variety of other alphabet/letter resources that we pull out from time to time to review the letters and sounds.
This was L week: lions, lambs, lizards, ladybugs, library, lunch and ,of course, lemonade.
Here are few of the books we enjoyed this week.
This retelling of Aesop’s Fable The Lion and the Mouse is absolutely gorgeous. Jerry Pinkney tells the story without words but with beautifully detailed pictures. Both boys loved this one.
Little Buggy by Kevin O’Malley is a graphic novel, preschool style. Dad Ladybug teaches Little Buggy to fly with commentary by two funny slugs. I had read this to John for L week 3 years ago and he remembered it and was excited to see it again. David thought the slugs were particularly funny.
Quiet by Paul Bright is about a Dad Lion who threatens the other animals with being eaten if any of them dare to wake his little lion cub from a nap. (Completely understandable to anyone who has finally gotten a baby to sleep after a difficult time.) When reading it you get to yell Quiet a lot which is fun for the listener, but a word of caution, this isn’t the book to read while your own infant/toddler is finally down for a nap. This book has been a favorite of ours for a while and I bet we’ll read it again when Q week rolls around (a tough week for books).
David just walked by and saw me writing this and said about Eli, “I liked that one, it’s a good book.” Really, what could be a better review than that for a children’s book. Bill Peet is a favorite author around here and this is a classic Peet story. An old lion saves a vulture from death but then rejects the adoration and friendship of the other vultures. In the end the vultures save the lion (kind of a twist on the Aesop lion and mouse story). Like many Peet books, the characters learn a lesson but it’s never overly sweet or preachy.
This is a favorite of ours from Five in a Row. We were even able to go and visit the little lighthouse and the great bridge last summer. David doesn’t remember that but he enjoyed the book which tells the story of a little lighthouse on the Hudson River that feels displaced after the George Washington Bridge is built beside it.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen tells the story of a lion who appears one day in a library and wants nothing more than to listen to stories during story hour. The strict librarian allows him to stay as long as he doesn’t break the rules: No running and No roaring. In the end, he becomes a friend and everyone learns that it’s ok to break the rules sometimes, even in a library.
Other books we read this week:
The Red Lemon by Bob Staake
Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
We’re Going on a Lion Hunt by Margery Cuyler
The Happy Lion Roars by Louise Fatio
Ruby’s Falling Leaves by Rosemary Wells
Ten Little Lambs by Alice McGinty
Little Bear’s Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik
Lizard’s Home by George Shannon
Lunchroom Lizard by Daniel Kirk
Library Lil by Susanne Williams
Lion’s Lunch by Fiona Tierney