Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kid's Co-Op: Ready for Read Across America

I love March because it is so focused on books -- and really wish I had my Nebraska post for you, which is my contribution to Booking Across the USA, an awesome project from  Growing Book by Book. Through the project, more than 50 bloggers are sharing a book about a select U.S. state. I should be sharing about C is for Cornhusker  for Nebraska, but the bookmobile truck for my tiny town has been out of commission for several weeks now and my book is sitting there on a broken truck. I kept thinking, this week the truck will be here, but no luck yet. I am so sorry!

In the meantime, in honor of Read Across America Day on March 1st, I am sharing 6 ways to have fun with books and encourage reading with activities inspired by Kid's Co-Op posts last week. 

1. Make a book, an idea from Learning and Growing the Piwi Way, who shared this great way to excite young readers and to get in some cutting practice and drawing.

2. Go Beyond the Book with crafts and props for storytelling activities and story-related fun. Off the Shelf shared a creative Oh No, George! Paper Tube Craft and Living Montessori Now and Making Boys Men have interactive ways to explore The Cat in the Hat.

3. Select books based on your child's interests. If you follow my popular Ten for Tuesday: Things That Go! Series, you know that my boys are interested in trains, trucks, cars, etc., so we often select books about construction sites and all things that go. Whether it be dinosaurs, animals or space, there are lots of books out there to get your child excited about reading. Fireflies and Mudpies and Toddling in the Fast Lane both shared dino-posts last week (Fireflies and Mudpies mentioned our favorite dinosaur books, All Abroad the Dinotrain, which combines dinosaurs and trains, which makes it particularly fun for my boys), and Fantastic Fun and Learning shared Panda books, while we focused on Outer Space with books and related activities

4. Use Books to Learn Life Lessons. Books can be great parenting tools. Choosing picks that help children understand important life lessons or work through transitions can make our job as parents a bit easier. For us, the books Everyone Poops, The Duckling Gets a Cookie and I'm a Big Brother Now have each been useful in their own ways with potty training, sharing and adding a new member to our family. Buggy and Buddy shared a wonderful post featuring four different books that help children grow up -- as each book focuses on a character in the book outgrowing something special. 

5. Connect Books to Holidays. What Do We Do All Day is a fabulous blog, and they featured an awesome list of books about Celtic Mythology and Irish Legends that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Plus, JDaniel4's Mom featured some fun green science experiments that I just had to share as well.  

6. Get Cooking! Cookbooks definitely count. They encourage reading and fun in the kitchen often includes opportunities for math learning as well. KC Edventures shared 5 great cookbooks for kids and discussed math in the kitchen. Plus, Green Eggs and Ham encouraged us to have some fun in the kitchen -- and Reading Confetti also got inspired by the book to have some kitchen fun.

Plus, Booking Across the USA is another way to enjoy books this month too!

For even more ideas and inspiration throughout the month of March, you will not want to miss the Spring Into Reading: Read Across America Google+ Hangout Series organized by Inspiration Laboratories and The Educators' Spin On It.  

The kick-off hangout is March 1st at 4:00 pm EST. I plan on joining in on as many as I can and will be moderating/hosting at least one! It should be lots of fun.

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