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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Telling the Time!

Telling the Time by Heather Amery is a great book to teach your child the concept of time in a fun and motivating way! This book is illustrated by Steven Cartwright and includes the adorable characters Poppy and Sam. The Setting takes place on Apple Tree Farm. This book actively engages children in learning as they interact with the story and turn the clock on every page. They also can search for the little yellow duck throughout the story. During my daughter's time unit in math, I'm going to surprise her with this fun book.

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1.Share nursery rhymes that include time in them. Have your child find the time on the clock.


Hickory, dickory, dock!
The mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck one,
And down he run,
Hickory, dickory, dock!

To find other nursery rhymes that involve time, click the link below!
Telling Time with Nursery Rhymes

2.Creative Story Time- Have your child make up a short story that involves time! Using their clock, have them show you the different times in their story. For example, "There once was a little bear who didn't like to sleep. Every night at 12:00, he would sneak out of his bed to eat porridge."

Clock Template

Paper Plate Clock Activity

Happy Reading!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tadpoles and Frogs!

My daughter is studying Life Cycles for 1st grade science. We've had a lot of fun exploring the life cycles of different animals and plants. I was so excited that I purchased Tadpoles and Frogs for my Usborne collection, because it tied in with the unit perfectly! The illustrations and diagrams are wonderful and it was filled with neat facts that she wouldn't have learned from her science book. For example, did you know that there is a type of tadpole that grows up on its mother's back? Pretty cool, huh? Also, it was more detailed than her science book, but not too advanced for her age. Tadpoles and Frogs also contains Internet sites to visit that relate to the book.
I actually purchased this book with a set of books to show at my home shows. We are really enjoying the set for our own personal use as well.

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Fun Websites with ideas and activities relating to Tadpoles and Frogs:



If your child really digs frogs or toads, you could raise one! For more info. on purchasing a science kit, click below!
We actually have two water frogs that are huge! A teacher friend of mine raised them in her classroom and my girls adopted them a few years ago. My husband and I would prefer different pets, but they adore their froggies!!

How about a few froggy songs!! Here is one of my favorites:

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Five little speckled frogs,
Sitting on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs,
Yum, yum.
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four little speckled frogs.

(Repeat , working your way down to one.)

One little speckled frog sitting,
Sitting on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs,
Yum, yum.
He jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were no little speckled frogs.

(Source: http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Themes/frogs/)

Here's another cute one:

Five Little Tadpoles

Five little tadpoles swimming near the shore.
The first one said, “Let’s swim some more.”
The second one said, “Let’s rest awhile.”
The third one said, “Swimming makes me smile.”
The fourth one said, “My legs are growing long.”
The fifth one said, “I’m getting very strong.”
Five little tadpoles will soon be frogs.
They’ll jump from the water and sit on logs.

(Source: http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Themes/frogs/)

Happy Reading!!


Monday, January 12, 2009

New Year, New Books!

Our new catalog for 2009 has arrived! Check out our new books at Usborne Books!

I will be posting more literature ideas and reviews ASAP!!

Happy Reading!!

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