Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: A Busy Year by Leo Lionni
Why we love this book:
In honor of the “Fall” season we are giving away A Busy Year by Leo Lionni. In A Busy Year, Willie and Winnie love their tree, Woody, all year long! We like to begin the school year in September by reading aloud the entire book. As the year progresses, you can change your calendar each month and revisit what is happening season by season to the beloved tree Woody.
It is a wonderful project to have a class tree that changes with the different months. A Busy Year is just the book to read aloud throughout the year as your class tree changes. Haven’t started a class tree? It’s never too late . . . start with Fall.
Reading Response Art
In August, we introduced Reading Response Journals. Likewise, we often engage our children in Reading Response Art activities. This is especially effective with young children who are not reading and writing independently. However, we would also like to encourage teachers and parents of older children to allow them time to express themselves through the arts. Today, we will be sharing Reading Response Fall Art from children ages 2 – 8! Over the next few weeks we will run a series on Reading Response Art.
A Few Tips for Planning Reading Response Art Activities
- Start with a great read aloud.
- Keep the art experience low maintenance for the teacher!
- The emphasis should be on the children not the teacher. If it takes a great deal of preparation from the teacher it is not child centered.
- Keep it simple!
- We’ve all done art projects we regret. Keep it simple enough for the children to complete independently.
- Keep it hands-on and open ended.
- Hate is a strong word, so we really, very much dislike those cookie-cutter art activities, in which every child’s art looks exactly like the teacher’s. Yuck! How artistically expressive are those experiences?
All Reading Response Art activities begin with great children’s literature. Here are three favorites from our 4-year-old preschool class.
Reading Response Fall Art: Preschool, Age 2
This is a closeup of the painted leaves on our 2-year-old, Welcome to Fall, tree. Teachers cut out different shaped leaves and the children experienced the paint by using paint brushes and finger painting. As the children painted with the Fall colors, the teachers engaged them in conversation about the colors: orange, brown, yellow and red. Each simple leaf is as different and unique as the children who painted them.
Reading Response Fall Art: Preschool, Age 4
Our 4-year-old class follows the changes of a tree throughout the year. Visit Ms. Trisha’s class for samples and a step by step guide on creating Inspiring Fall and Winter Scenes with your children.
Reading Response Fall Art: Third Grade, Age 8
Last Fall, Grandson # 3 used leaves to create his own Leaf Man and Giraffe Reading Response Art after reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Some excellent tips in the post on how to work with real leaves.
Reading Response Leaf Art: Preschool and Second Grade, Ages 3 and 7
Last year, we taught the children how to draw and paint Pen & Ink and water color leaves. We’re looking forward to trying this with fall leaves. The Fall water colors will be just gorgeous!
Reading Response Motor Skill Activities:
- Go on a nature walk and collect leaves. Have children bring leaves from their home. Press the collection of leaves in a book (or copy the leaves on a color photo copier).
- At the end of the week invite the children to make a leaf collage on blue paper.
- Pile the leaves onto a blanket and let the children use gross motor skills by bouncing the leaves up and down.
Life with Joyce
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of A Busy Year by Leo Lionni.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What is your favorite season? Why? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, November 10, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, November 11, 2011. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
And after Fall, comes Christmas! Let us help you get a start on your Christmas shopping . . . Enter our Christmas Toy Review and GIVEAWAY!
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