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Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Squirrel's Tale...

My daughter just had to have this book when she saw it in the Usborne catalog last year!! She actually earned the book for free in Kindergarten when her school had a Read-a-thon. Both of my girls just adored There's a Mouse in the House that was created by the same author, so they were very excited to see that there was another fun book that was similar to the first one we had purchased at an Usborne Home show. Both books come with a little animal that travels through each book on an exciting adventure. There are little slots throughout the book to put the little animal into as you read through the story.

Take a sneak peek at one of the pages in A Squirrel's Tale... by Richard Fowler.

Okay, and now for the literature links!!

Go on a nature walk and collect acorns. Count the numbers of squirrels you may have seen during your walk. Bring your treasures home and have fun counting the number of acorns found- by 1's and then count by 2's. For older kids do hands on acorn addition and subtraction problems. For example, make up a fun story problem such as Squirrel had 5 acorns, but was hungry, so he ate 2. How many acorns does squirrel have left??


The Squirrel
Whisky, frisky,
(move finger puppet side to side)
Hippity hop!
(move puppet up and down as hopping)
Up he goes
(raise puppet high in the air and wiggle)
To the tree top!

Whirly, twirly,
(move puppet in small circles)
Round and round;
Down he scampers
(lower puppet, wiggling back and forth)
To the ground.

Furly, curly,
(move in circles, getting larger)
What a tail!
Tall as a feather
(extend in the air)
Broad as a sail!
(wave arm back and forth)

Where's his supper?
(lower arm and shade eyes)
In a shell-
(Hold palm up and curl fingers into a fist)
Snappity, crackity,
(open hand,palm up)
Out it fell!
(from ChildFun)

Squirrel Song: Lyrics and Tune

A Couple of Squirrely Fun Facts!

1. There are over 200 different species of squirrels.

2. Baby squirrels are born blind and hairless. They are born in nests.
(Source: EnchantedLearning.com)

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 6, 2008


Believe it or not, my two daughters are fascinated by bugs, so they were excited to explore the non-fiction book Bugs by Lucy Bowman. This 32 page book is part of the USBORNE BEGINNERS series which has a total of 40 titles. My youngest really enjoyed the bright and detailed illustrations. Bugs also includes a page of websites to visit with links to fun activities such as designing a caterpillar or watching a video clip.

Here are my ideas to link this book to fun activities!!

1. Go on a bug walk. Be sure to bring a magnifying glass for exploration. How many different bugs can you find?

2. Choose one of the bugs to explore further and create a Bug Fact Book. Here is a great links to help your child research bugs!!
Enchanted Learning: Insect Printouts

3. How about a bug craft?? Sounds like fun!! Visit family fun below for lots of creative ideas!
Family Fun: Fun Bug Crafts for Kids

Have fun reading!


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