Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day was JJ's favourite read-aloud this month. A little boy called Peter plays outdoors in the snow all day. The story goes through all the wonderful things little children find for themselves to do on a snowy day. This isn't just for three-year-olds, though. All of us enjoyed it. SA (5) never can quite conceal a secret smile at Peter's disappointment when the snowball he put into his pocket disappears.
Eric Carle is a favourite author in our family. I picked this book up for free at a second-hand store, and SA really loves it. For a while after we got it, he was asking us to read it to him a couple of times every day. Like many of Eric Carle's books, The Tiny Seed combines fact (the life cycle of plants) with fantasy (the flower grows taller than houses and trees, for example). You might think this is not a good thing, but as far as I can tell, my children have not had a problem sorting out what is real and what is imagined.
We took a break from poetry at our teatimes for two weeks this month and read Winnie-the-Pooh. SA especially enjoyed it, in fact, he wants me to start at the beginning and read it again. I was encouraged that my boys' attention spans are starting to grow a little bit, because these chapters aren't short!
I picked up The Harp and Laurel Wreath last month, and I am so pleased with it! It contains a collection of poetry and quotations for enjoyment, memorization, copywork, and dictation. Of course, at my boys' ages, we're just doing the first two things. I use it daily at our poetry teatimes. SA and JJ have memorized "Once I Saw a Little Bird" and "There Was a Little Turtle" this month. This book has poetry for every age. I'm sure I'll be using this resource for years to come.
These are just some of the books we've been enjoying this month. I'm linking up with Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word blog.