Summer Reading Camp: Day 6: Julia Donaldson!

Summer Reading Camp: Day 6: Julia Donaldson!

IMG_20160423_185813Day 6

This ought to be one of my favorites- who DOESN’T love Julia Donaldson??? I was introduced to her books kinda late in the day. The Gruffalo was released sometime in the 90’s which means I wasn’t kid enough to read them and well, not grown up enough to bother about kid’s perspectives. But once I read them (to the daughter, of course!), boy was I hooked!

I ordered this book along with the two Gruffalo books, not because it had been recommended but because the cover looked oh-so-pretty! I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover and all that, but then I had read other books by Donaldson and I was sure this couldn’t POSSIBLY be bad!IMG_20160423_180257

So I read the book to them. The ‘audience’ being all girls helped. They absolutely LOVED the narrative! And today I let them off the hook for private reading, instead we sat down together to make paper dolls of our own. No points for guessing how THAT activity went!  My girl also started naming her dolls 🙂 And another kept singing the refrain from the book, “And Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie, and Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow!” Oh, the joys of childhood!


IMG_20160423_171609098We then did this really fun activity adapted from here on (although I made quite a few changes to the basic idea). Here’s what I did: I made a list of words that first graders should be able to spell. I then pulled out my scrabble set and gave them the whole pile of tiles. I told each kid they had to ‘manufacture’ words in their ‘factory’. So if I told them I wanted a ‘kite’, they had to spell ‘kite’ from the pile. Was good fun, Alhamdulillah!

IMG_20160423_180147929IMG_20160423_173300179And that was that! A very satisfying, literary, crafty day in all!



Summer Reading Camp Day 5

Summer Reading Camp Day 5

So Day 5:

I chose to read one of Enid Blyton’s Seven ‘o Clock Tales, you know, just because I loved reading her as a kid myself. Though I have to admit, while the plots are endearingly charming, the language does sound a tad bit dated, especially when you read some of the more recent writers. But my daughter will listen to just about ANYTHING that you read to her, so there!

I followed this up with a sight word bingo game. This game seems to be a popular choice for educators and parents to familiarize kids with sight words. i adapted one I found on the web and used the Dolche list. Ech kid was given a 3×3 grid. I made index cards with sight words on them. Each kid had to first copy out the words on their grids. This is step one in familiarizing the kids to the words (writing the words down). Once they were done with that, I shuffled the cards and asked each kid to pick out one random index card at a time. If they found that word on their grid, they had to strike it out, if not, put it back in the pile. The kid to first get a ‘full house’ (i.e. all words striked out) was the winner.