Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Picture books about food

Thanksgiving is in just a couple days! I am already anticipating the feast. The boys and I have been preparing for the big day by exploring books about food. The books have far less calories than the goodies I'll be consuming in a little over a week. If you'd like to feast on a few good books, check out some of our favorite books about food.

Books about Food: Bear books

Last week I wrote about our author of month, Karma Wilson and her book, "Bear Says Thanks". This week I am sharing another book about Bear. This time, he is not sharing a feast of stories, he is actually feasting on lots and lots and lots of delicious food.
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson Bear wakes up from winter hibernation and he is hungry. His helpful forest friends search for food with him. Bear eats so much, he can't return to his den to feast with his friends. This book might be a good reminder to not eat so much at Thanksgiving dinner that you can't fit back in your house!

Books about Food: Trying new Foods

Children can be apprehensive about trying new foods. Books can help children discuss the types of foods they'd be willing to try.

When Logan was younger, we used "Growing Vegetable Soup" by Lois Ehlert to explore different types of fruits and vegetables.

Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore is another cute book for exploring new foods. In our house, we let the boys try a new food and then say, "no thank you" if they don't like it. This book is a silly look at how different animals prefer to eat different foods. It led into a great discussion about favorite foods and not so favorite foods. We all decided we we would not like worms for lunch.
This book also has creative die cuts that change as you flip through the book. It makes the story great for little hands to explore!

Books about Food: Books with a Writing Connection to Grocery Shopping

Put it on the List by Kristen Darbyshire In a true to life story, the chicken family keeps running low on household necessity.

On Monday, they have cereal but no milk. On Tuesday, they have toothbrushes but no toothpaste. On Wednesday, they have cookies and no milk. On Thursday, the take a trip to the store. But when the return home, they realize they are still missing needed items. Finally, a trip to the restroom without any paper requires a family meeting. The family decides to create a grocery list to take to the store. My boys found this story funny, it was a good introduction to writing a grocery list, and there are many labeled food items which helped Logan to write his list.

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells is another wonderful look at writing a grocery list. In this Max and Ruby story, Ruby wants to make a raspberry-fluff cake for Grandma. Max wants to make an earthworm cake topped with marshmallow squirters. Max keeps messing up Ruby's supplies and Ruby continues to send Max to the grocery with a list of items. Each time, Max tries to add Marshmallow Squirters to the shopping list, but the grocer can't read his writing. Finally Max relies on pictures instead of words. This book is a great look at how illustrations can be powerful and convey meaning. It can empower emergent writers to try to write their own grocery lists.

Books about Food: Books about Baking

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells also fits nicely into the category of books about baking. There are several other books about baking that we love.

The Gingerbread Man retold by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock This is the classic tale of the gingerbread man who is baked up by an old man and old woman, escapes the oven, eludes the butcher, the cow, and the sow, and ends up tricked by a clever fox. This is a sad ending for the cookie, so if you prefer a happier ending, check out Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett In this story based on the classic tale, The Gingerbread Boy, a young boy named Matti works to make a gingerbread boy. Matti, however, peeks in the oven door before the allotted cooking time is completed. The cookie baby escapes and the chase begins. This book is a nice twist to the unhappy demise of the original Gingerbread boy.

How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA by Marjorie Priceman This book begins with a recipe for cherry pie, but when the cook shop is closed, the reader is taken around the USA to gather the supplies for a cherry pie-- including natural resources for making pie pans, bowls, rolling pins, etc. Features of the USA are introduced as the reader visits each location. This book is more about geography than baking, but readers do learn the essential supplies needed to stock a kitchen for pie baking.

If you are looking for more round about baking books, try the If you give a... books by Laura Numeroff

If you give a mouse a cookie
If you give a pig a pancake
If you give a moose a muffin

Do you have a favorite book about food? Share it in the comments below.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

60+ Turkey themed activities, crafts, and books for Kids

Last week on Mom's library, a weekly linky party that I cohost on Tuesdays, the moms were talking turkey. There were so many wonderful turkey activities shared on Mom's library. There were turkey crafts, turkey themed learning activities, printable activities, Thanksgiving picture books, and more! I tried to pick out a few of my favorite turkey themed activities to feature on Mom's library. My list kept growing and growing and growing. It seems I love all of you turkeys... I mean, I love all of you moms and your turkey ideas! I really wanted to feature all of these awesome posts in one place. I decided to post my features early today and return later today with my full mom's library post. Not only is my feature list super long this week, the giveaway list is also lengthy. Today kicks off the Big Holiday Giveaway with Mom's Library. I'll have full details tonight in my link up, but you can head over to True Aim, visit the Big Holiday Giveaway, and begin entering now!
 Check out these 60+ turkey activities, crafts, and books for kids. I hope you can add a few of these to your Thanksgiving crafts for kids.

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Turkey Crafts for Kids

Turkey Felt Board Feather Matching from Teach Beside Me
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Turkey Fine Motor Activity and Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning
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Paint Chip Turkey from Born Again Farm Girl
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Bobbing Turkey Hats from How Wee Learn
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Handmade Turkey Puzzle from KC Edventures
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Turkey Trot from Crafty Journal
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Egg Carton Turkey Craft from School Time Snippets
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Paper plate pop up Turkey from Crafty Journal
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Family Hand Turkey from DIY with Grant and Kiley
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Candy Handprint Turkey from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
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Turkey Themed Picture Books for Kids

Multicultural Thanksgiving Books for Kids from What do we do all Day? including Duck for Turkey Day. (Can I include a book about a duck on a turkey round up? I think I can. Am I talking to myself? I think I am.) There are also several traditional turkey books in this round up!
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Thanksgiving Books for Kids from All our Days including turkey books like, "Run, Turkey, Run!"
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More Turkey Themed Activities for Kids

8 Turkey Activities from Ready-Set-Read including these handprint turkeys with poem
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13 Thanksgiving Activities from Sow Sprout Play
30 Thanksgiving Snacks, Crafts and Activities for kids from From ABC's to ACT's
10+ Thanksgiving Activities Kids Love from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Printable Turkey Activities

Free Thanksgiving Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
Thanksgiving Printable Pack from Gift of Curiosity
Thanksgiving Printables: Same or Different from 3 Boys and a Dog
Free Thanksgiving Coloring Sheets from ready-set-read
Printable Books for Early Readers Fall Holiday Theme from ready-set-read

Thank you to all of the wonderful moms who link up to Mom's library each week. Remember to come back for the linky party at 7 CST tonight.

You can also find me busily pinning on Pinterest, tweeting on twitter, and chatting about the best Children’s literature on facebook and Google+.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson #vbcforkids

Welcome to the November edition of the Virtual Book Club for Kids. The second Monday of every month is the Virtual Book Club for Kids. I love participating with other kid bloggers to bring you the best of children's literature. Each month we choose one author, announce it at the beginning of the month, and then share our ideas on book club Monday. Everyone is invited to participate. If you have a blog, feel free to link up your ideas below. If you don't have a blog, you can still participate. Share your ideas in the comments or on my facebook page. Plus, everyone is encouraged to check out the links that are shared. I always find tons of amazing ideas for my own kids in the VBC. This month we are exploring books by Karma Wilson. The boys and I decided to read "Bear Says Thanks" by Karma Wilson. This was a great choice for this season of Thanksgiving! We also did a lot of work with homophones while reading this book. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get your own free activities that work great with this book!

homophones, Karma Wilson

Bear Says Thanks

karma wilson, bear says thanks Bears Says Thanks by Karma Wilson In this book in the Bear series, Bear has nothing to share with his friends. Each of his forest friends deliver yummy treats to share. Bear feels sad because his cupboards are bare. In the end, he learns he does have something valuable, although intangible, to share.

Bear Says Thanks Book Activities

Concept Sort

Bear says Thanks is set in a forest. It's a great opportunity to discuss the forest habitat. Throughout the book, readers will encounter homophones like bear and bare. (His cupboards were bare). They may also notice that the word "hare" is used instead of rabbit. This may be a new vocabulary word for some young learners. Bear Says Thanks is a great opportunity to discuss homophones.

homophones, Karma Wilson

A great way to teach homophones and building vocabulary is concept sorts. After reading the book, I had the boys sort animals by forest and non-forest animals. We were able to label words like bear and hare. With my oldest son, we were able to discuss the homophones bear/bare and hare/ hair.

Homophone Pairs

With older readers, you can challenge them to write lists of common homophones-- words that sound the same but are spelled differently. I've always taught this concept by telling students about my mom and her sister. They sound exactly the same on the phone, but when you see them, they don't look the same. Homophones sound the same, but don't look the same.  Children can also create simple illustrations of the words for future reference.

homophones, Karma Wilson

Writing Book Activity

The main message of the story, Bear Says Thanks is that Bear is thankful for his friend's generosity but sad that he has nothing to share. He learns in the end that can share his stories. This is a great time to talk with children about sharing intangibles. Children can brainstorm things they can share
- kindness
Children can write and illustrate their intangible items in a story.
homophones, Karma Wilson

I've created free printables to use with these activities. You can download them from my teachers pay teacher store. While you are there, you might also want to check out my other early literacy resources.
homophones, Karma Wilson

You can also find me busily pinning on Pinterest, tweeting on twitter, and chatting about the best Children’s literature on facebook and Google+.

Do you have ideas to link up to the book club?
Now it is your chance to share your ideas. Here are the rules for linking up.
  1. Link up only posts inspired by Karma Wilson books that share children's book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Science Activities for Kids: Magnifying Glass Exploration

We've been doing a lot of Science experiments at home. Science provides a lot of opportunities for young learners to read and write. Plus, my boys don't realize they are doing so much reading and writing when it is hidden in a science experiment! They are happy exploring their environment or trying to figure out what might happen next. They love our science time so much, I've started bribing my oldest to go to school each day with a "I'll let you do a science experiment when we get home." Pathetic. I know. I plan on sharing some of our favorite science activities for kids over the next few weeks as well as some favorite science picture books.

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Science Activities for Kids: Magnifying Glass Exploration

A few weeks ago I shared a play dough monster science activity that we did with the book Monsters Love Colors. This week, I am continuing with a fall theme-- but not Halloween. We have many beautiful leaves falling from the trees at this time of year. We recently did a little science art with the beautiful fall colors.
We began our study by reading the book, "You can use a Magnifying Glass" by Wiley Blevins. In this informational text book, large, clear illustrations and labels help children to identify the parts and purposes of a magnifying glass. There isn't a great deal of text in this little book, but the clear photos of scientist, police, and jewelers using magnifying glasses give a good introduction to this science tool.
After we observed others using magnifying glasses in the book, we tried it out ourselves.
I use the Bible and Rhyme Curriculum with Tyson (age 3). We also did a fun art activity from the curriculum. I drew a leaf onto contact paper and cut tiny shapes out of fall colored papers. Tyson stuck the little shapes all over the leaf. We worked together on this. I filled in the outline and he filled in the center. He loved doing the activity, but it was tedious fine motor work for a three year old. He seemed to enjoy my help! The leaf looks like a colorful leaf from a distance. When you walk up close, or look with a magnifying glass, you can see the individual shapes in the leaf.
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We also went outside and collected leaves and observed those with our magnifying glass.
We have several favorite leaf themed books that we read after observing those leaves.

For more Science Activities for Kids check out Science Lessons for Kids on Pinterest.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Activities for Kids

Welcome back to another week of Mom's Library. Each Tuesday I join up with other bloggers to host a link up for resources for moms. This is a great place to find activities for kids, crafts for kids, devotionals, recipes, and more. Each week we have an opportunity for you to link up your ideas and have a chance to be featured the next week. We also have a giveaway each week. Be sure to subscribe and follow Mom's library on pinterest to keep up with all of our updates and features.

Featured on Mom's Library: Five Favorites

I often try to feature a particular theme from Mom's Library. Last week I featured easy preschool crafts. This week, I'm sharing five totally random posts with no theme! However, these are five posts I LOVED last week and I don't want you to miss. There were 153 posts linked to Mom's library last week which provides you with tons of great resources. Make sure these amazing five didn't get lost in the list, though! Check it out...

Balloons Over Broadway Review and Free Parade Printable from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
I adore this non-fiction book about the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. I think my kindergartener will be ready for this book this year and I can't wait to try out Jill's free parade printable pack to go along with the book. 

 I love these ideas for practicing math after school. The ideas involve art, play, puzzles, games, books, and more. My five year old loves math! These activities are great for math lovers (him) and math haters (me). 

I've been loving all of the free printables 3 Dinosaurs creates to go with the Bob Books Phonics Readers. My son is diving into consonant blends right now, so these will be perfect for his level!
Did I mention they are FREE?

Spiders Preschool Theme from Learning is Messy
My boys love spiders right now, so I have been collecting as many activities as possible for them. I love all of the reading, math, and play, and learning activities in this post. I especially love the science experiement about spider webs. I totally learned something new about how spiders keep from sticking to their webs!

Free Printable 2014 Blog Planner from My Joy Filled Life
I was so excited to see this free printable pack for getting my blog organized. If you are a blogger like me, let's all go ahead and make our new years resolution right now, print this out, and get ready to use it!


This week you can enter to win a copy of the ebook Christmas Crafts for Kids 100+ Activities, Crafts, and Recipes based on Children's books. I've used and reviewed resources from the author Beth Gorden in the past-- we love her Reading the Easy Way curriculum. I'm so excited that she has a Christmas book out! I bet you'll love it. Check out Crystal's review of the Christmas crafts ebook.
If you would like to enter for your chance to win your own e-book copy of Christmas Crafts For Kids - 100+ Activities, Crafts, and Recipes based on Children’s Books simply use the Rafflecopter entry form right below.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Karma Wilson is Virtual Book Club for Kids Author of the Month

Can you believe it is November? Fall is flying by! We had a wonderful, rainy Halloween last night. It's time to shift away from the scary and move on to the food and family month, as I tend to think of November! Since it's November 1st, it's time to introduce our author of the month, Karma Wilson. Each month I team up with a group of bloggers to feature one author.   At the beginning of each month, I'll remind you of that month's author. Near the middle of the month, there will be a linky party to share the ideas for studying the selected author's books. Several bloggers will write posts featuring ideas. You can write a post or share an idea with the virtual book club each month as well. The linky party will give you a great resource to come back to when you are trying to create author studies or find great book activities for your child.

November Author: Karma Wilson

I am so excited to introduce Karma Wilson as our virtual book club for kids author for November. Karma Wilson's books are wonderful for my preschooler and my early reader. She has written tons of picture books, which will give you lots of great choices this month. The characters in her books are some of my boys favorite characters in all of literature. I've been reading her books to the boys for quite a while and they have become very comfortable with her characters. Let me introduce you to a few of the boys "friends".

Bear is a sweet character who is faced with the "challenges" of childhood like loosing teeth, getting sick, making friends. Of course, he also has added bear challenges-- like hibernation in winter when his friends are awake. Through out the Bear books, Bear shares beautiful lessons of gratitude, friendship, kindness, etc. 
Bear has many books, here are a few of our favorites:

Bear Snores On 
 Bear Says Thanks
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
Bear's New Friend
Bear's Loose Tooth

Pip is an adventurous penguin that lives with his (her?) sweet penquin family. You can read about Pip in 
Where Is Home, Little Pip?
Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip
What's in the Egg, Little Pip?

Calico is a curious kitty. We first met calico when my baby was learning to say, "Uh-oh" and I checked out "Uh-oh, Calico".
Tyson-- age 1-- when we first "met" Calico

We need to revisit this book now. Although my baby is a little older (he still has a lot of "uh-oh" moments), we recently added a kitten to our family!

Other Karma Wilson books we love:
Never Ever Shout in a Zoo

How to Join the Virtual Book Club for Kids

1. Pick your favorite book by Karma Wilson and read it with your child or class.

2. Create an activity, project, craft, cooking project, etc. related to the book and do it.
3. Come back and share it with us as part of a big blog hop on Monday, November 11th.
 The linky will be live for 3 weeks, so if you aren't ready to post on the exact date, just join in when you can! If you don't blog, you can share what you did on our Facebook wall, email us, or just comment on the post. 

 4. All Blog Participants will have a chance to be featured on our Pinterest Board and  Facebook Page!  
Let us know you're joining us by leaving a comment below in the comment section!

Upcoming Authors for the Virtual Book Club for Kids

Do you like to plan ahead? Here are the authors for the rest of the school year for the Virtual Book Club for kids.

I look forward to connecting with you as we share Karma Wilson books this month. You can also find me busily pinning on Pinterest, tweeting on twitter, and chatting about the best Children’s literature on facebook and Google+.