She enjoys the shaving cream activity where you squirt it on a tray and spread it around, make shapes, letters, pictures, and generally make a mess. What is not to love. The boys still like this activity too. A stress reliever, I think.
What is great about preschool is that each day's lessons are short to accommodate the attention span- but when you put all of these little building block lessons together- much is accomplished!! One thing that has been a huge help for her is storytime with the boys. We read aloud from chapter books everyday. She has been sitting and listening to these stories for over a year now. This has expanded her vocabulary so much. I wish I had started reading longer stories and chapter books to the boys when they were much younger too. I feel like being read to has so many benefits. Our current read aloud:
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. I remember this book from childhood and love it.
We just got done reading:
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Another good old book. The kids loved this one too. These both are great examples of books enjoyed equally by boys and girls. Some other read alouds we love:
All the Betsy books by Carolyn Haywood
All the Henry books and some of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary (cute website!)
This has turned into a book post!
The last 2 books that I have read personally have been good too;
Riven by Jerry Jenkins (if you read this- please e-mail me and tell me what you thought of the ending--!)
A bit of the overview: When a condemned man with nothing to lose meets one with nothing to gain,............Embark on a wondrous journey where death, guilt, and despair are unfathomably trumped by rebirth, forgiveness, and hope.
East by Edith Pattou
In this retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, the heroine has always been an adventurous spirit with the wanderlust. Though her family tells everyone that Rose is an East-born baby (known for their calm and gentle natures), she is actually North-born (known for their need to travel and see the world). Rose does not hesitate to go with the Bear and find out where he will take her, especially after learning the lie of her birth direction.
This novel contains a pleasant mixture of well-developed characters, nicely described settings, and rich emotion.
Read any good books lately? How about for your kids? I would love any suggestions!