Monday, September 20, 2010

What do you read your children? New Meme - Remembering Mondays

Some of you may know that my oldest son started Kindergarten this year. He is doing great and even enthusiastic about his homework. Each day we are supposed to read together for 10 minutes. Which is no problem at all for either of us - in fact we usually go over. But we are running into the issue of reading the same books over and over again. This leads to the not actually reading but reciting styles of reading children's books, as well as the issue of my son losing interest because he knows what will happen next. So I am again turning to the blogger world and starting a new meme! I want to know what you favorite children's books are. So I am creating Remembering Monday - where each week I will pick a different theme for us to share a favorite book from our past.

To start it all off I want to know what your favorite book was in Kindergarten (or your child's fave at that age)

Mine is Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

12 comments:

  1. Have you considered reading chapter books with your son...obviously you wouldn't be able to finish the book in one night, but it would lead to looking forward to each night as you continue the book. I was a Kindergarten teacher for a while and used to read a little bit of a chapter book at the end of each day as we waited for dismissal time - there were even times when the kids were so into the book they wanted me to read during snack time! There are so many good chapter books out there. Just a thought.

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  2. What a great idea -- I loved reading to my son. I am lucky he turned out to be a reader.

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  3. @ Kristin - I am more than willing to give that shot. Do you have any specific titles you could suggest for a little boy?
    @ Mary - I am really hoping my boys will turn out to be readers too.

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  4. The Magic Tree House books are great - I think there are about 40+ of them now, so if your son likes them, it's a great starting place for when he can read on his own! Also, Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web (both great to read and then watch the movies and compare book to movie), My Father's Dragon, Cam Jansen - all were favorites of my students.

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  5. I just ordered a Magic Tree House book from PBS to see if he will like it. I am going to see if I can get Stuart Little from the library because he loves that movie and I will look for My Father's Dragon. Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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  6. I read The Wizard of Oz and Charlotte's Web aloud to my kids when they were in Kindergarten. They make great read alouds.

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  7. I read to both of my boys, but they aren't readers (sigh). One of Michael's favorites was Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree--he loved that book! And one of Jake's was the Disney edition of The Three Little Pigs.....

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  8. Outnumbered Mama - if I think of any other good chapter books, I will let you know! My Father's Dragon is by Ruth Stilles Gannett and is one of my favorite books. It's part of a series - I think there are 3 altogether.

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  9. I don't remember my favorite book at that time - I was still living in Poland :) My 3 year-old daughter's favorites are Curious George and the Berenstein Bears right now. I swear, we have kids books in every room in the house!

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  10. After the Dr Seuss books of course, my son's absolute fav was "Go,Dog,Go", we read the Berenstain Bear Books. I substituted our last name for Berenstain and his and his sister's name for brother and sister bear thus they became the Richards Bear Books. When he started kindergarten, he informed the teacher, very politely of course, that she was reading them incorrectly. Another series he loved and we would both howl with laughter at the antics in them were the Amber Brown Books.

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  11. I don't know if it was specifically in Kindergarten, but when I was really little I remember loving The Pokey Little Puppy. The other one I could never get enough of was The Monster at the End of the Book it was a Sesame Street Book about Grover who was terrified of a monster that was on the last page of the book and with each page he would try to convince the reader not to turn the page, and then at the end of the book, the surprise was that Grover was the monster. Even knowing the outcome, I loved the book because it was cute and funny and a good story about facing fears.

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  12. Yes, reading routinely to our kids is so important. After reading Jim Trelease's 'Read Aloud Handbook', I'll never underestimate the power reading 'TO' children has on them. As far as our recent favorites, both my son (2.5 yrs) and daughter (7 yrs) love the 'Farmyard Tales' Series by Usborne Publishers. The story topics are plausible, artwork is colorful yet simple, and there is just the right amount of text. These books work well for both my children: my two year old loves to listen to the stories (not to wordy and pictures are not 'busy'), and my 7 year old likes to read the story to me (good practice for the emerging reader). They both love finding the 'ducky' that is purposefully hiding on each page of these books. :) Usborne is a British publishing company, so you probably won't find the books in your local bookstore. But, you can buy from them directly online (a bit pricey), or you can search your local Craigslist for deal or even buy off eBay. I got my set off eBay for half the cost of a new set (including the cost of shipping) and they were in perfect condition. Happy Reading! -Michelle

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