Monday, December 17, 2012

Autumn 2012 Reading List

Many nights this fall, Cadi ended the evening by reading out loud to Brooke at bedtime. She read some of the My First Little House books and all of the Little Bear stories that we own, including:
  • Little Bear
  • Father Bear Comes Home
  • Little Bear's Friend and
  • A Kiss for Little Bear, all written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
One car ride, she read Last One Home is a Green Pig by Edith Thacher Hurd to Eben and Brooke. She read a Scooby Doo story, The Haunted Road Trip by Gail Herman, to Eben. While researching ferrets, she read most of Keeping Unusual Pets: Ferrets by June McNicholas. She had trouble with the word "overexcitable". She started reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but was a bit overwhelmed by the number of pages. She was able to read almost all of Nana's message in her Halloween card; I had to help her decipher some of the handwriting.

Library Books

Together, we read Arches to Zigzags: An Architecture ABC by Michael J. Crosbie and A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock. Everyone enjoyed the architecture book. Eben was able to pick out some of the words in the latter. Ray read parts of Mammals: The Hunters (Encyclopedia of the Animal World) by Christopher O'Toole and John Stidworthy to the kids during Hurricane Sandy in October.

Other titles that we borrowed from the library included:
  • Houses of China by Bonnie Shemie
  • Tibet Enchantment of the World by Patricia Kummer
  • The Visual Dictionary of Building (an Eyewitness Book)
Eben worked on sight word flash cards and played the alphabet road sign game. We used the words from the flash cards to build sentences. We used the tiles from Bananagrams to spell words. Joining a public Minecraft server for games has helped build some literacy skills for all three kids. Brooke and Eben are learning their color words and Cadi has practiced reading/decoding a lot, especially spelling the color words and memorizing simple commands like leave, join, help, fly and stop.

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