Learning Letters with Giles Andreae
Giles Andreae is a wonderful author to hunt down if you are getting excited for a zoo trip or have children who love animals. He captures a range of animals with color and excitement. We were excited to dive into his books when we saw that he was listed as the author for July for our Virtual Book Club. As usual, we started by reading a collection of books by Andreae before choosing a favorite to focus on.
Here are our thoughts on some of his titles:
Rumble in the Jungle
This is the one book by Giles Andreae that we had read prior to our author study. It is a spirited book about all of the popular animals found in the jungle. It is a frequently requested read aloud from our shelf.
ABC Animal Jamboree
Short silly rhymes for each animal of the alphabet from the team that created Commotion in the Ocean and Rumble in the Jungle. Bright, colorful illustrations and cheerful, rhythmic poems about a combination of animals from the jungle & under the sea.
Cock-a-doodle-doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo
This follows the same format as the other books, but offers fun poems about animals large and small on the farm.
One of the exceptions from his winning formula, Pants is nonetheless a hilarious book if you have newly toileting youngsters who are fascinated by all things underwear and bathrooming.
Informative poems and bright illustrations about each dinosaur. I learned a lot about different kinds of dinosaurs, some I had never heard of before.
Andreae's books are full of animals which make them perfect for a trip to the zoo and a delightful addition to a collection for any animal lover. Our children have yet to discover any real fascination with animals, but with our upcoming move to Mississippi, alligators and crocodiles have come up in a few conversations. ABC Animal Jamboree was their favorite of the titles we read, most likely because they are interested in learning their letters right now.
I decided to attempt to combine their interest in alligators and crocodiles with their desire to learn letters.
We worked on the letters A and C. I drew a large A and C and then drew a circle underneath.
I placed a variety of items that started with A and C in a basket on the chalk table.
When our children noticed the table, I went over near them to help get them started. I let them explore the items in the basket for a little bit before introducing them to the game. Once they had explored, I asked if they wanted to play a game. First we labeled the letters on the table and I helped them make the starting sound for both letters. Then one at a time, they each picked an item and tried to place it in the circle that matched the starting sound. This is a simple sorting game, but offered us time to practice listening for starting sounds.
We put all the objects back in a basket and left the items on the chalk table for a few days.
Books Listed Below
Large Paper, Sidewalk, or Chalkboard
Chalk or Markers
Variety of Items that Start with Chosen Letters
*Repeat the activity with different letters. I realize we chose kind of an unusual pair of letters. Right now I am following our children's lead for the most part in learning their letters.
*Do a more in depth study about a favorite animal or animal you had never heard about before reading one of these books.
*Take one of his books with you to the zoo, farm or aquarium and see how many you can find.
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