Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman ~Early Literacy

I am always looking for books with clear rhyming words that I can add picture cues with.  Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman is a delightful book filled with oodles of rhyming words perfect for students who are developing auditory discrimination!  

Link to purchase:  Cool Dog, School Dog

Summary from Amazon:
Join Tinka, a dandy, sandy Golden Retriever, as she unexpectedly visits her owner at school and helps his class learn to read. 
Each page in this book is written with simple rhythm and rhyme that follows the same pattern throughout the book making this easy to follow even for the earliest of readers. 

The first page of this book sets this rhythm and rhyme:
Tinka is a fun dog, a sun dog, a run-and-run-and run dog!"
If you teach Prekindergarten or Kindergarten, Cool Dog, School Dog would make a great addition to your first month of school selections! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes~Early Literacy

Sometimes a cheery book that tells you everything is going to be okay is JUST what a person needs to read!  A Good Day by Kevin Henkes talks about how little yellow bird, little white dog, little orange fox and little brown squirrel start their days with with something "bad" happening.  Half-way through this book, there is a page that says, "But then..." The rest of the book simply tells how each of the characters has something good happen that wipes away the bad.  Example:
 "Little white dog got her leash all tangled up in the fence."  Later... "Little white dog worked herself free and ran in circles through the dandelions."
A Good Day is perfect in its simplicity and message.  Good things happen at any time.

In addition, the early literacy activities that can be extended with A Good Day are amazing!

Here are some quick activities that I wrote down after reading this book today.  It is obvious that I have a little spring fever and need COLOR in my life...

Nature walk:  Print off the nature walk form and put on clipboards for each student in your classroom.  Kids should draw three things they see in nature-things that grow, hop, skip, fly or move in any way. You can find my nature walk freebie {here}.  When you return to class, kids should color their pictures.  Write down the names of each item, cut and sort by color.