"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This Week in Class

This week in class we are focusing on the short /o/ sound.  Words we are learning are: top, not, hop, hot, lock and rock.  How many words do you know with this sound?

This Weeks Story:

The Bug Bath
By Anne Miranda 

     We are very dirty,” said Al.  “I want a bath,” said Bob.  Al and Bob saw a big tub.  The two bugs got inThe bath was hot.  But it was fun.  Bob kicked his legs.  Al sat in the suds.  A fish fell in the tub.  It got Bob and Al wet.  “We saw that,” said Bob.  “You got us wet,” said Al.  But the fish did not swim.  It just sat in the tub.  A big duck fell in the tub.  It landed on top of the bugs.  “We saw that,” said Bob.  “You landed on us,” said Al.  But the duck did not quack.  It just sat in the tub.  A big thud rocked the tub.  “What was that?” said the bugs.  “I see a leg,” said Al.  “I see two legs,” said Bob.  “What is it?” said Bob.  “It is a boy!” said Al.  “I want to get out!” said Bob.  “I want to run away!” said Al.  “Bugs!” said the boy.  Bob and Al dashed away.  Bob got on top of the fish.  The boy picked it up.  “A bug,” he said.  “Let go!” said Bob.  Al got on top of the duck.  The boy picked it up.  “A bug,” he said.  “Let go!” said Al.  Al and Bob ran away.  They got very dirty.  “I see a bath,” said Bob.  The bugs got in.  “We fit!” said Al.  “What a good bath for bugs!” they said.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon
by: Margaret Wise Brown
published: 1947 by HarperCollins
isbn13: 9780060207052
Hardcover, 32 pages

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Age: 6 years old, 1st Grade

Description:  Perhaps the perfect children's bedtime book, Goodnight Moon is a short poem of goodnight wishes from a young rabbit preparing for--or attempting to postpone--his own slumber. He says goodnight to every object in sight and within earshot, including the "quiet old lady whispering hush." Clement Hurd's illustrations are simple and effective, alternating between small ink drawings and wide, brightly colored views of the little rabbit's room.
Finding all of the items mentioned throughout the book within the pictures is a good bedtime activity--a reappearing little mouse is particularly pesky. By the end of the little rabbit's goodnight poem, the story has quieted to a whisper, and the drawings have darkened with nightfall. As you turn the last page, you can expect a sleepy smile and at least a yawn or two. (Picture book)

After Thoughts:  This is a baby book but I used to like when Mommy read it to me.  It's easy to read by myself but I still like it better when Mommy reads it to me and my brothers.  My favorite part is when Mommy reads it and she tells the old lady whispering "hush."  She always makes us laugh.   I liked reading about the three little bears sitting on chairs.  I will read it again to Alex since he is a baby still.

High Frequency Words: a, and, in, good, of, old, on, over, the, there, three, two, was, were, who

Friday, October 23, 2009

Spelling Test

This week's spelling words were:

  1. duck
  2. buck
  3. cut
  4. but
  5. rug
  6. tug

High Frequency Words:

  1. small
  2. ride
  3. no
  4. out 

Guess what I got??  I got a 100!!  My Mommy gave me $1.00 for my good work.  I was having a hard time with out and small but I remembered the tricks Mommy taught me.  Guess what else?  I read 2 books tonight with Mommy and wanted to read another one but it was my bed time.  I will post my reviews this weekend.  Hopefully I can read 3 books tomorrow.

Good Night!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hop on Pop

Hop on Popby: Dr. Seuss
 published: 1991 (first published 1963) by Kohl's for Random House
isbn13: 978037584483
Hardcover, 64 pages

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Age: 6 years old, 1st Grade

Description:  First published in 1963, Hop on Pop remains a perennial favorite when it comes to teaching kids to read. Here, as in most of his extensive body of work, Dr. Seuss creates uncomplicated, monosyllabic rhymes to foster learning and inspire children to read. But what was radical about this little book at the time of publication (and what makes it still compelling today) is Seuss's departure from the traditionally dull pictures and sentences used in reading primers. In contrast, the illustrations here are wild and wonderful, and the accompanying language, while simple, is delightfully silly. For example, the rhyme "THREE TREE / Three fish in a tree / Fish in a tree? / How can that be?" is brought to life with a trio of plump, self-satisfied fish perched atop globular branches as two stymied hybrid dog-rabbit-humanoids look on in consternation. Hop on Pop does much more than teach children the basics of word construction, it also introduces them to the incomparable pleasure of reading a book. (Ages Baby to Preschooler)

After Thoughts:  "Some of the words were hard.  It made it easier that they rhymed.  I didn't really have a favorite part but I will read it again.  It's good practice."

High Frequency Words: a, and, am, after, all, are, ask, be, big, but, by, call, can, day, down, eat, for, get, good, had, he, him, how, I, if, in, into, is, it, like, long, me, my, no, not, now, of, off, on, one, other, out, play, see, small, that, the, there, they, this, three, to, two, up, we, went, what, where, will, with, you

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Put Me in the Zoo

Put Me in the Zooby: Robert Lopshire
published: 1988 (first published 1960) by Kohl's for Random House
isbn13: 9780375875205
Hardcover, 61 pages

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Age: 6 years old, 1st Grade

Description:  Classic Dr. Suess! (Editorial Review) "A hilarious story for a first-grade pupil to read. Shows that reading can be fun even if the vocabulary is very limited."--Material Analysis Publications.

Mikey's Perspective:  "It was a little hard but I liked it. My favorite part was when he went to the circus."

Mommy's Perspective:  A funny story that helps introduce younger children to colors.  Your child will laugh at all the things this silly animal can do with his spots.  This has a great rhythm to it as well which will have you acting it out with the kids which of course will give them even more giggles.  A definite hit with my little ones.

As a beginner reader this book introduces many words to a child with enough repetition and rhyming to help boost a young readers confidence yet challenging enough to keep them reading it time and time again.

When we got the book it came with a stuffed animal and my boys still fight over "Spot" the beloved main character of the story.

A good read for your child(ren)'s book shelf from a toddler through second grade.

Learned Sight Words Used: like, one, this, on, they, what, look, could, see, your

This Weeks Sight Words Introduced: small, no, out

Monday, October 19, 2009

Reading to Max

"I would not like them here or there.  I would not like them, ANYWHERE!  I do not like green eggs and ham.  I do not like them, Sam-I-Am."

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Hamby: Dr. Suess
published: August 12th 1960 by Random House Books for Young Readers
isbn13: 9780394800165
Hardcover, 62 pages

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Age: 6 years old, 1st Grade

Description:  This timeless Dr. Seuss classic was first published in 1960, and has been delighting readers ever since. Sam-I-am is as persistent as a telemarketer, changing as many variables as possible in the hopes of convincing the nameless skeptic that green eggs and ham are a delicacy to be savored. He tries every manner of presentation with this "nouveau cuisine"--in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat, on a boat--to no avail. Then finally, finally the doubter caves under the tremendous pressure exerted by the tireless Sam-I-am. And guess what? Well, you probably know what happens, but even after reading Green Eggs and Ham the thousandth time, the climactic realization that green eggs and ham are "so good, so good, you see" is still a rush. As usual, kids will love Dr. Seuss's wacky rhymes and whimsical illustrations--and this time, they might even be so moved as to finally take a taste of their broccoli. (Ages 4 to 8)


After thoughts:

Mommy: "What did you think?"

Mikey: "That was easy, Mommy! I read it so fast!! I like that book. I did a good job, right Mommy?"

Mommy: "Yes, baby. A very good job!"

Mikey: "I read that one without any help! I want to read it again."

Mommy: "Yes you did, baby. Okay, now how many stars?"

Mikey: "5 Mommy!! It's my favorite!!"

Mommy: "Sure baby, lets log it into Goodreads and your blog..."

(Mommy logging it in, while Mikey is reading the book again. =) Perfect for 1st grade confidence.

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