Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli
Why we love this book:
This week we are introducing Reading Response Journals. One of our main goals this week is for children to embrace the belief that reading is FUN! Accordingly we’re going to start the year with an abundance of read alouds that are FUN and ENTERTAINING! Silly Tilly is a goose that entertains the rest of the barn yard animals with her silliness.
Additionally, Silly Tilly is the perfect reminder for us adults to value the strengths of all children. Being silly is not a strength that is often valued in academic settings (homeschool or public school). However, in Jenifer Fox’s book, Your Child’s Strengths, I learned to look at the strengths of children differently. Now, I see Tilly’s silly entertaining antics as a strength that can motivate and facilitate learning.
Introducing Reading Response Journals
1. Notebook: inexpensive spiral notebook, blank paper bound into a notebook or reading response paper bound into a notebook
- For beginning writers. I like the lined writing paper from Handwriting Without Tears, so I’ve created my own Reading Response Paper
- Print this paper FREE: Reading Response Paper
3. Colored Pencils, crayons, or markers
4. Books, Books, Books
- fiction, nonfiction, easy, just right and challenge books
Classroom – In the classroom, I had tables. Even when I had individual student desks, I pushed them together to create tables. On the first day of school, I had one basket of books on each table. Each basket contained books of different reading levels.
Homeschool - We also have book baskets. MacGyver’s book basket contains easy, just right and challenge books geared towards his reading level. His book basket has changed through the years.
Preschool & Kindergarten - Miss Enigma is preschool age this year. This is the first year she will have a book basket. It is for the pure enjoyment of books. It will be full of easy reader books and also some of her favorite picture books. You can print FREE easy reader books right here at waddleeahchaa.com.
1. How to read quietly and independently for 15 minutes. “Silent Reading” is unrealistic for young children. A better approach is to teach the children how to read in a quiet voice.
2. How to write the date and the title of the book.
3. “Draw a picture of your story.” I set high expectations for the quality of printing and illustrations.
That’s it for the first week. This may not seem like much. But this week is all about setting high expectations, establishing routines and reading for enjoyment!
Reading Response Journal, MacGyver, age 8
Reading Response Journal, Miss Enigma, age 4
As usual, Miss Enigma is invited to participate in our homeschool lessons. However, at age 4, she is NOT required to complete the learning activities. Miss Enigma selected My Umbrella Day, a waddlee-ah-chaa FREE printable book, to “read” independently. She was given a choice a blank paper or the same Reading Response Paper as her brother. She picked the Reading Response paper and drew a picture of the umbrella.
If you and your children are over-achievers, you might want to move onto a simple Reading Response:
I like the part about _____________________________________.
My favorite part of the book was ___________________________.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll share more organization tips, mini-lessons and Reading Response prompts. Happy reading!
- Getting Children Started with Reading Response Journals: mini lesson #2
- Teaching Children How to Make Good Book Choices: mini lesson #3
- Taking Reading Response Journals to the Next Level
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Do you have a Silly Tilly in your family? Ours is Miss Enigma. That little girl is unbelievable witty and funny. She keeps us laughing! Everyone needs a Silly Tilly in their life! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, August 11, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, August 12, 2011. Check back it might be you!