The simple words, writing style and structure in which Boy, Bird and Dog is written compliments exactly where he is at with the reading process and provided us with key sight words/new words to add to his I can read list: Boy, Bird, Dog (obviously) and Up.
If you follow the blog, you know we always love to share the ways that we Move, Eat, Draw and Learn with our book club books, so here it goes.
Move: This book naturally invites pretend play. After just one reading of it, Wild Thing wanted us to be the Boy, Bird and Dog and act out the book. Luckily, he has parents that are great sports and before I knew it, he and his dad were on the couch (The couch was the treehouse from the book, and they were the bird and boy). The fun continued from there. Ultimately, Caterpillar (almost 18 months old) ended up being the mom bringing cookies to the treehouse, which basically just meant he ran around the living room exclaiming - COOKIES! and giggling with glee. It was very fun impromptu pretend play indeed, and I wish there had been a way to capture an image of this magic, even though we were all completely wrapped in it.
Given how much fun that impromptu experience was, I put together a Storytelling Bucket (rather than pot, which is what the boy uses in the story to raise his dog and then cookies up into the treehouse) for us to take to the park for a playdate we were having, and the boys got active climbing and pulling the rope as they reenacted the story at the playground! So fun.
Eat: Somehow we keep selecting books that happen to have cookies in them. We ate and made cookies. I think I am going to start referring to our favorite cookie books as bookies! We have gotten fancy in the past with carrot cake cookies and such, but we kept it simple and made basic chocolate chip cookies this time.
Draw: This book inspired two art activities. One functional activity that provided us with a bird for our storytelling bucket (see the pinecone bird above - that is a bird, in case you were not quite sure). The other art activity involved some treehouse creativity. We do not have a tree in our yard that would work for a treehouse, and the treehouse in the book certainly captured the imagination of Wild Thing, so we did a multi-media treehouse art activity so that we could have a treehouse of our own at home. The supplies were quite simple and took advantage of what we happened to have on hand - tissue paper, wood chips and Popsicle sticks.
Once the treehouse was done, Wild Thing really wanted to add the Boy, Bird and Dog, so I thought that fingerprint/thumbprints would work well for that. He also wanted me to write out the words and told me which letters to put for each word - sounding it out as we went (you will see below how we used this book for some great early literacy/reading activities).
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I put the words on the floor and had him jump to each word after I said it. We did this with just me saying the word and then I read through the book and he jumped from word to word as the word came up in the book. Bird and Boy caused some confusion at first, since they both start with the letter B, but that provided a great learning opportunity as we discussed how the letters in each word sound. I also put out Boy, Bird and Dog toys for him creating a matching game for the set up as well.
I like the Sight Word Jumping/Matching Game because it involves gross motor skills. For active children, learning activities that let them move and that involve their whole bodies can be really helpful. Next time, I think I will use the Milk Cap Letters for literacy activities in the evening time when we focus on quiet activities, rather than mid-day.
I also learned that spelling downward (rather than across) confuses Wild Thing, so I need to remember to keep it simple when we use the Milk Cap letters for early reading/spelling activities.
A bonus thing that made this book perfect for our family is that it is also a great book for Caterpillar in terms of vocabulary-building (he is 18 months) and language development. He loves to look at the book and point at the various items and tell me their names. I think this book is going to be in heavy rotation from the library.