Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes and Chrysanthemum . . . and more mouse mayhem Storybook Treasures DVD by Scholastic (This DVD includes 6 stories: Chrysanthemum, Owen, A Weekend with Wendell, The Caterpillar and the Polliwog, Hondo and Fabian and Mouse Around)
Why we love this book:
Valentines, Love and Friendship are in the air as the month of love makes its yearly debut. Who better than author Kevin Henkes to share stories that teach profound lessons about friendship and how to treat others. In A Weekend with Wendell, timid Sophie must learn to navigate a friendship with bossy Wendell. And appropriately, bossy Wendell also learns a lesson about the give-and-take of friendship.
So, we like thinking out-of-the box when it comes to Holidays. Who wants to do the same old crafts year after year? Not us. For our own sanity, we have to always change things up a bit. For that reason, we’re incorporating shapes into our Valentine theme studies.
Two of our very favorite shape books are Color Zoo and Color Farm by Lois Ehlert. These books will be our starting point for a FREE printable shape book and art activity. Look for the link at the end of this post.
Color Zoo and Color Farm are excellent books for teaching shapes and colors. We like the way they challenge children’s thinking about how shapes can be combined to create objects.
I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait takes an interesting look at shapes in art. The author invites children to search real works of art for shapes. This shape book is especially appropriate for older children. We love books that get the creative juices flowing!
It Looked Like a Heart, FREE printable book activity . . .
Step One – Read aloud: Share a variety of shape books.
Step Two – Hands-on Exploration: Challenge the children to combine shapes to create animals, cars, buildings, plants, food, every day items . . . . Building blocks or pattern blocks work great for this exploration time. In the classroom, the sensory table or the table game area can be set-up with shapes.
It looked like a circle. But it wasn’t just a circle.
It was a hot tub.
Step Three – Student Books: It Looked Like a Heart, FREE printable book.
Each page features a different simple shape and corresponding text that reads:
It looked like a circle. But it wasn’t a circle.
It was a __________________________.
Miss Enigma turned the circle into a hot tub. No we don’t have a hot tub but she got to sit in one on vacation. It’s a highlight of her young life!
It Looked Like a Heart illustrated book page, age 4
“Mommy, you didn’t write mixed-up whale! It’s a mixed-up whale!“
Since Miss Enigma is only 4, I gave her only one page of the book at a time. I also talked to her about what she wanted to make out of the shape before I turned her loose. If I hadn’t taken the time to have a chat with her, she wouldn’t have really grasped the concept. She only illustrated two pages, that’s it and she was done. If she wants to, she can work on the book another day. If she doesn’t want to, that’s okay too.
MacGyver on the other hand, grabbed his entire book and needed no assistance from me. He also collected science books and his dictionary to help him with his ideas and his spelling.
It Looked Like a Heart illustrated book page, second grade, age 7
And as usual, MacGyver ventures off onto his own, more advanced idea for a shape project. That boy is always one (or two, or three) steps ahead of me.
Print this book FREE: It Looked Like a Heart
Join us for a Geoboard Math Investigation: What shapes can I make on the geoboard?
We’re GIVING AWAY A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes and Chrysanthemum . . . and more mouse mayhem Storybook Treasures DVD by Scholastic
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Are you the bossy friend like Wendell or the friend like Sophie who needs to assert herself more? Tell the truth! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, February 3, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, February 4, 2011. Check back it might be you!
We’re sharing fantastic finds with The HomeSchool Village. Here at waddlee-ah-chaa we highlight and GIVEAWAY great children’s literature each week. We also have an entire section devoted to FREE printable books and materials.