Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Why we love this book:
At the beginning of the book is the news article that inspired Eric Carle to write the story of the 10 Little Rubber Ducks, ” . . . a shipment of 29,000 rubber bathtub toys, including ducks . . . fell overboard from a container ship.” What an excellent example of the writing process for children to learn how ideas for stories begin. This would even be a good lesson for teenage students. They can clip a news article and write a fictional story inspired by the article.
As always Eric Carle fills the pages of the book with nonfiction concepts. This time around, the 10 Little Rubber Ducks teach us ordinal numbers: first, second, third . . . . Spacial vocabulary is also introduced: west, east, north, south, left, right, up, down . . . . The story gives the children the opportunity to get-up and act-out the story. This makes an easy little Reader’s Theater with rubber ducks and ocean animals moving left, right, up, down . . . .
I like the mathematics vocabulary in this book so much that it will be joining me on my summer trip to train teachers in Cambodia!
Kinesthetic Number Concepts for Preschool
Since Miss Enigma is still preschool age, she enjoys days full of free exploration and play. Some days she joins us for reading, journal writing or project time. Other days she plays in her room cooking up a meal for her babies. Then again she might head outside to play with our dog Shadow. And then there are the days when she asks, “Mommy will you teach me numbers today.” Of course I will!
I love our quirky rug because it can quickly be converted into a learning mat. We’ve used it for sorting, counting and even graphing.
This day we turned our rug into a giant, kinesthetic number concept box.
Mommy: “What would you like to count today?”
Miss Enigma selected a tray of rocks we collected at the beach.
One-by-one we placed a number card onto a square of our rug. As we added each new number card, Miss Enigma counted out the corresponding number of rocks.
Miss Enigma counting, “One, two, three . . .”
“One, two, three, four, five.”
“Zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Now, I need to count seven rocks.”
Miss Enigma was up, down moving this way and that using both gross and fine-motor-skills.
After counting to the number 10, we played a quick game of Simon Says, giving Miss Enigma another opportunity to move-it, move-it.
“Simon says stand on the number 10. Simon says stand on the number 3. Simon says point to the number 7.”
Miss Enigma, “Mommy can I play with the number cards now?”
There’s always time for free exploration!
We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What is your learning style? Auditory, Visual, Kinethestic, Spacial, Music, Interactive . . . ? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, April 19, 2012
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, April 20, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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