One of the main reasons I love working in my son's preschool classroom is because I learn so many things! Last Thursday I was assigned to the Library... so basically I spend the hour choice time exploring books with kids who wanted to read. What a rough day, right? ;) The book that I ended up reading about 15 times was The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams. This is NOT a book to read when you are supposed to be quiet (like in church) because it is loud and gets your whole body moving. We love it!
Yesterday I pinned a darling sequencing activity from I Can Teach My Child that goes right along with the book and then decided that we could try our own book themed puzzle.
I started off by drawing all of the pieces to the story and writing the action words on each piece (see above). Then we colored the pieces. You can download the pieces that I drew here on our Scribd page (there are 4 pages). You just have to color them yourself.
I stuck all of the puzzle pieces on the bottom of the wall with tape in the big clump. Then we got started reading the book together. As we did the actions and read... my little guy stuck each piece on the wall in sequence until we had created our very own pumpkin scarecrow.
We talked about the action words while we read. Moving, reading, and talking all at the same time is a pretty awesome way to read a story.
The pumpkin scarecrow looked pretty creepy once it was finished. :)
As we read this book we loved...
- making predictions about what was going to happen next
- talking about the colors of each item
- talking about things that we were scared of (or weren't scared of)
- talking about what we would make with all of the pieces the little old lady found
- making our bodies do the actions along with the words in the story
- wondering about why the little old lady was in the forest, what was going to happen to all of the pieces, and how the little old lady was so brave!
Do you have any other fun activities or crafts you have done or would do along with this book?