My favorite part of our homeschool day – All the noise and chaos stops for a few minutes, the boys pile onto my lap, it’s story time!
Each month, we are given a suggested book list, which lists a book to read with your preschooler each day. The book coordinates with the theme for the month, and also the specific daily topic. The books are not included with the monthly curriculum, but can easily be found at your local library (most libraries will let you keep the books longer, if you tell them you are using them for homeschool purposes).
This is just one of the ways that Mother Goose Time makes homeschooling a preschooler so much easier. When trying to pick out children’s books for your children, it can sometimes feel like picking a needle out of a haystack. There are so many books to choose from, and distinguishing the good from the bad can be difficult. The book list also helps us get out of that all, too common, reading rut. You know, where you read the same types of books over and over again. If it were up to my son, he would solely read books about cars, trucks, planes, and machines. Reading a variety of books is a good habit to get into, and will open their minds to things they had no idea they were interested in. This month’s theme is, “At the Pond”, and we have some great books to read.
I got a small book display at Ikea, which happens to be the perfect size to hold a month’s worth of books. Each month I swap last months books out for the new ones. The kids love seeing the new books on display and often grab them out throughout the day, and flip through them. My older kids love sitting down with their brothers and reading them stories during their free time.
What we are reading this week:
Turtle Splash by Cathryn Falwell
A nicely illustrated book that counts down turtles from 10 to 1 as they disappear into the pond to go to sleep for the night. The book highlights lots of other critters that can be found around the pond, and even has a some information about each critter at the end.
Kid review: I liked all the animals, and the numbers. I liked counting backwards.
Good Morning, Pond by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
This book was one that we had lying around the house, and wasn’t actually on the Mother Goose Time reading list. It’s an adorable book, with great illustrations. It has lots of sound effect words, which my sons love. My four-year old had lots of fun making up sounds for the animals that didn’t have any sounds written for them.
Kid Review: I liked the animals and their sounds. I liked making up sounds for the salamanders.
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
This book is quick read that captures the excitement around a pond. The book uses descriptive words to explain how each animal moves around the pond. The boys enjoyed imitating the animal movements as I read. This book appealed to my 22 month old more than my 4-year-old, but both enjoyed it.
Kid Review: I liked it, I liked moving like a frog and dragonfly.
From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer
This book was a really great book for any kid, who wants to know more about frogs. It explained the entire life cycle of a frog, and went into detail about what happens to frogs during each season. I even learned some things about frogs that I didn’t know before. This book is definitely aimed at older preschoolers and school aged kids, but even my toddler appreciated the illustrations of frogs, and making frog sounds as we read the book.
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
This book is tells the tale of a duck stuck in the mud, and the various pond critters who come to his aid. There are lots of rhyming words and great pictures. It also incoporates counting from 1 to 10 as more and more animals join in to help the duck.
Kid Review: I loved the pictures, and the sound words.
I treasure these moments, when I get to sit with my little guys, and read stories with them. I’m so glad that my boys are beginning to develop a love of reading. Reading will benefit them the rest of their lives, and will help them so much as they grow.
Disclaimer: I am so grateful to have found this curriculum and am excited to share our experiences with you. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Mother Goose time has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.