School may be out but we aren’t going to stop learning and exercising our brains. Trips to the library produce books of every subject, size and grade level. This week we are working on a theme, transportation. Picking a theme helps the kids utilize their research skills with the online catalog and hunting skills trying to locate a book on a shelf. If you’ve ever spent time in a children’s section of the library you know what I mean.
Using words like drive, car, truck, road and vehicle gave up all sorts of options to choose from. We selected some to read there and some to take home. Our take homes this week were:
Let’s Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
My Truck Is Stuck! by Kevin Lews
The 5 year old and I spent many nights lounging in bed reading before bedtime and often way past bedtime. She’s greatly improved her own reading skills and I give credit to this time spent together.
All of this “car” talk gave us an idea for an activity. We built a road system for her brother’s matchbox cars.
Using construction paper, crayons and kid scissors she cut and taped her streets together and then added buildings, a pond and even some animals in the forest.
She zoomed her cars through the streets, followed the street signs and even learned how to park them off to the side. We talked about road safety and laws and differences in how we drive versus to those in other countries.
Take the books you and your children read to another level by adding activities or lessons to be learned. Use a theme or character to explore new kinds of fun and entertainment.