Author Study - Denise Fleming
We participate in the Virtual Book Club that chooses a different author to study each month. This month the author is Denise Fleming, a fabulous author of animal and nature themed books. We like to start our author studies by reading a variety of books by the author. The ones we read by Denise Fleming are listed in the Materials. We particularly love searching for the goose in Barnyard Banter. However, since we've been getting excited about the forest and hiking with Spring finally appearing - here are our picks for reading with a hike or when visiting an arboretum.
Time to Sleep
Winter is coming, Bear knows it is time for his winter nap. However first Bear wants to tell snail. The snail in turn wants to tell seal. A relay of sorts goes through the woods, until ladybug crawls back to a very sleepy bear. Sweet bedtime story and discussion of winter.
Active book about the various creatures crawling around on the ground. Perfect for a little one who loves searching down on the ground for little crawly things.
Where Once There Was a Wood
A great book about conservation. The topic is aimed at a slightly older age group than my toddlers, but great range of vocabulary and fun animals.
Another book for the ground lovers. Awesome illustrations that show everything that is "Low down. Way down. Under ground." and illustrated index in the back with more information about each animal.
We typically do at least one activity based on a book we love by the author or illustrator. We picked Time to Sleep this month because my toddlers both love bears and wanted to read this book again and again. We have been talking a lot about big and little for the past month, so our activity introduced the idea of Medium.
Prepare a picture for each animal character in the book. I used clip art to print a picture of each animal because it seemed the most simple. I cut them out and grabbed a roll of masking tape, a black marker, and a big roll of paper.
On the paper I wrote BIG Medium and little. I also drew a corresponding circle. I drew them first next to each word and then drew them together to illustrate how medium fits in between big and little.
We re-read Time to Sleep and I showed them the picture for each character as we read. I also made comments using the words big, medium, and small, smaller, bigger. For example, "wow, ladybug looks so little next to bear. She is a lot smaller."
When we were done reading, we went back through the book again and this time we taped each character onto our chart as they appeared in the story. Our toddlers were super excited about this and asked to do more so later we added pictures of ourselves and some more animal pictures that I printed out from our zoo trip.
*Search the house for big, medium, and little things.
*Sort blocks or other objects into big, medium, and little.
*Visit Denise Fleming's website (http://www.denisefleming.com/) for more information and ideas.
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