Let’s go fly a kite!

Kite Day written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is a great book to celebrate the beginning of spring! “Go fly a kite!” is a phrase that means go away and leave me alone, but this story about 2 friends give it a much nicer meaning.

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Two best friends work together to build a kite to fly on a beautiful spring day. Then the weather changes and disaster happens. But author Will Hillenbrand gives us a perfect springtime ending!

 

 

Stretch this book by:

  • Talking about kites. Is there a place near you where people go to fly kites? If so, check it out and be amazed by the kinds and size of colorful kites flying high above the earth! Where I live, people fly kites out over the ocean at Brenton Reef Park! Google places to fly kites near you.
  • Make a kite together either from scratch or a kite kit. If you can’t fly one outside, fly it on the wall or from the ceiling in your child’s room.
  • Use the traditional kite pattern in Bear and Mole’s kite to talk about shapes. Remember a diamond is a rhombus.
  • Lie on your back outside and watch the sky. What is going on up there? Use your imagination and make up stories about the clouds.

Can the wind blow you up a tree? Or blow you a puppy?

Whoosh Went the Wind written by Sally Derby and illustrated by Vincent Nguyen will pull you in from the very first illustration of a young boy arriving late for school with a tall tale to share!

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You will be amazed at the things the wind can do in this book! Author Sally Derby is at her imaginative best. Climbing a mountain of dandelions or finding a puppy in your grocery cart have you convinced the little boy is making up excuses for being late for school, until . . .

 

This fun book is a lead in for many fascinating talks:

  • Wind can be very strong like in a storm or hurricane
  • Imaginary stories are fun to make up
  • Share a Tall Tale by author Steven Kellogg
  • Telling the truth, telling a story
  • This book shows a conversation with the boy talking in black print and the teacher in red. Use this visual to talk again about taking turns speaking and listening.
  • What happens next???

Happy First Day of Spring!

Spring Is Here written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is a sweet book about best friends celebrating the first day of Spring together.

Mole is up and ready to celebrate the first day of Spring! But he wants to share this special day with his best friend Bear. Join Mole as he tries one noisy idea after another to wake up Bear. And then he gets a better idea . . .

spring is hereCan you think of a better way to celebrate the first day of spring than breakfast in bed? I can’t!

A fun way to celebrate this book would be to share a breakfast in bed with your favorite little one next weekend. Could be as simple as juice boxes and a breakfast bar which could be put next to your bed the night before. As soon as your little one comes in to wake you up, pull them in bed for a snuggle then surprise them with a picnic breakfast. Could be a spring tradition in the works that would lead to you being served an elegant breakfast in bed someday by an amazing teenager!

Cats prowl at night! Would you?

Taiko on a Windy Night written by Sally Derby and illustrated by Kate Kiesler tells about the night time adventures of a small black cat named Taiko.

Sally Derby is a cat lover and she has one very adventurous kitty who inspired the story of Taiko. The wind makes this nighttime walk extra special! When the wind blows dry leaves along the ground, Taiko pounces on them. Do you know a cat? Have you ever bounced a piece of string along the floor or flickered a flashlight for them? Cats love to pounce on things that move! When the wind blows a trash can lid to the ground it makes a loud noise; Taiko gets scared and leaps into a tree. He sees and hears so many things on his nighttime prowl that you and your child can act out after you read the story! taiko

So many colorful words fill this story and your child will love to add them to his or her word bank: stirred, floated, twitched, padded, sprinted, scrambled, strolled, and sauntered. Move like a cat and try out these fun action words!

March is all about wind and Taiko spends a special windy evening exploring the neighborhood. But he still ends up where we all want to be at night, safe and warm in our own snugly beds.

Kermit the Frog was WRONG!!!

Kermit was WRONG!!!!!

It’s easy being green, on St. Patrick’s Day!

I know Kermit sang that lovely song about the trials and tribulations of being green, but really? And I’m sure frogs and Martians have trouble with their greenness when they are trying to fit in. But on St. Patrick’s Day Green is the ultimate color!

People eat green food and drink green beverages. They wear green clothes and hats and funny green buttons. Some people go all out and dress in green like leprechauns. Other’s put an O’ in front of their name and decide to be Irish for the day. In our local St. Patrick’s Day Parade, people dye their hair and beards green for the day. They even paint the center road line green!

Remember when you were in elementary school? You wore green because you didn’t want to be pinched! Have fun with this at your house. Tickle anyone who isn’t wearing green and help them get some green on.

So, for one day, no matter where your family comes from, be Irish! Borrow from Dr. Seuss and have green eggs and ham for breakfast. You could have a green smoothie for breakfast and a green salad for lunch, give your child sugar snap peas or celery sticks for lunch. The traditional Irish dinner is corned beef with boiled cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. Maybe you could have ground beef (hamburgers), French fries, cole slaw and carrots with green frosted cookies for dessert? Or have Lucky Charms for a snack, there’s nothing more Irish than pots of gold and rainbows and a friendly leprechaun.

Show your child all the green in their life for one day:

  • Grass? The snow is melted here and it’s starting to green up. Palm trees?
  • Plants in your house? Maybe popping up in your yard or the neighborhood park?
  • Green on a traffic light means GO!
  • Paper money is green.
  • Many veggies are green and so are some fruits like kiwi and grapes.
  • Walls painted green? Green furniture? Or dishes? Crayons and markers?
  • How many green cars can you find? Trucks? Bet you don’t see a green motorcycle, but maybe a bicycle.
  • Green toys? Legos? Barbie shoes? Game pieces? Trolls? Stuffed animals?
  • And don’t forget the big guy, Kermit! He has a bunch of relatives that are all green! Do any of them live near you?

And then, there’s another definition of green that we need to remember every day, not just once a year. Do something to help take care of our planet as a family today, because that’s the best green of all.

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room and explain why you do it.
  • Teach your child to turn off the water while they are brushing their teeth and turn it back on to rinse.
  • Recycle as a family.
  • Use a glass or plastic cup for drinks instead of paper cups.

Let’s all show Kermit some love and be green, too.

The luck of the Irish will be with you!