Thursday, February 27, 2014

Valentine Friends

The book of the month for February is 
"Valentine Friends" written by April Jones Prince. This book is a great book to use with young children as well as older children. 

The simple words on each page make it easy to focus on vocabulary with younger children. "I found the cat, can you find the cat?" "What is that cat doing." "Oh, the cat is cutting." The book also encourages children to create a valentine card or bake a valentine treat for a friend.

Older children can use this book in many ways too. Each page contains two words that start with the same sound. It can be used to work on sounds that they hear at the beginning of the word. Children can point to each word in the book as you read the story. Encourage children to figure out each word by looking at the pictures and by reading the first letter of each word as clues to what the words on the page says. 

This book of the month is being sent home with a matching game with words that start with the same sound. The matches are (Penguin - Pours) (Cat – Cuts) (Dog – Draws) (Snail – Shuts)

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