Welcome back to the Virtual book club for kids. This month the Virtual Book Club is featuring books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Here at Ready. Set. Read, I am featuring the book, "Plant a Kiss". My boys have been loving this sweet story!
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is simply the story of Little Miss who literally planted a kiss. Crazy as it seemed, she waited in anticipation until the kiss sprouted and grew. Although her friends suggested she hoard the rare sprout, Little Miss decided to spread the love. She shared the fruit of her kiss all over, not worrying about running out. At the end of the story, she learned when you share love, it grows!
Seeds of Kindness
This book provided the perfect opportunity to work on being kind and loving-- a skill that one member of our family is struggling with right now! We painted flower pots and began to work on planting seeds of kindness. Whenever the boys were caught being good, I gave them a "seed" to put in their pots. We actually used glass gems. Rewarding the kind behaviors instead of focusing on the negative behaviors that have crept into our home lately, worked instantly. The boys were working together, sharing, and letting the love grow with in just a few days.
Create a Kindness Garden
The idea of planting seeds of kindness could be expanded into a kindness garden. Consider giving each person a circle and having them write their name on the circle. Flower petals could be cut out and children could write how they showed kindness on the flower petal. This could be an excellent writing activity. After creating the entire flower, children could expand this writing into a paragraph and even give a sentence to explain the results of showing kindness-- whether it made them feel good or improved a friendship with a classmate or a sibling, or had another result. It would be fun to reflect on how love grows as we share the love.
"Grow Up" a Rhyming Word Game
The book features a minimalist rhyming text. The book has the feel of a wordless picture book. Much of the story is told through the wonderful illustrations by Peter Reynolds. The simple rhyming words or phrases on each page complement his illustrations perfectly. After reading this book, we listened for rhyming words. We played a rhyming game called, "Grow up". The boys squatted like tiny seeds. I said two words. If the words rhymed, they grew up like a flower. If the words did not rhyme, they stayed a tiny seed.
Word Family Flowers Board Game
There are several word families in this book. If you child is ready to begin decoding simple consonant-vowel-consonant words, check out my freebie, Word Family Flowers game. In this game, children must first read a CVC word with a long i vowel sound before moving each space.
We really really really loved "Plant a Kiss" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I can't wait to see the Rosenthal books and activities that all of the others bloggers share in the virtual book club for kids. I adore her books and I can't wait to try some of the fun activities that are shared. You can find more ideas for Amy Krouse Rosenthal books at these blogs:
Toddler Approved - Rainy Day Mum - Adventures in Reading with Kids - 3 Dinosaurs - Royal Baloo - The Educators' Spin On It - Inspiration Laboratories - Pleasantest Thing - Edventures with Kids - Two Big Two Little - Playing With Words 365 - Kitchen Counter Chronicles - Outlaw Mom - Mommy and Me Book Club - Crafty Moms Share - No Twiddle Twaddle - The Good Long Road - Ready. Set. Read 2 Me - Reading Confetti - Mama Smiles - Juggling with Kids- Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas - Creekside Learning - Creative Family Fun - The Usual Mayhem - Teach Preschool - PlayDrMom - CraftoArt - Here Come the Girls - Being a Conscious Parent - Smiling like Sunshine - Crayon Freckles - Train Up a Child - Smile Play Learn
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