- This book allows you to create very easy and hands-on activities with your child. You can draw some chameleons and paint them, talk about the colors and put the chameleons near the same color items you can find in your house or your garden.
- You can take out the parts of the animals and how they effected chameleon. Deer's horns, turtle's shell, wings of the flamingo, elephant's hose and the clapping hands of the seal and so on...
- You can fill a sealed plastic bag with colors and mix them up to create your own colors of your chameleon.
- You can watch some real videos of chameleon's catching the fly and talk about the facts of their tongues, how fast and strong is their tongue, and how it catches the fly.
August 27, 2020
August 19, 2020
Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.
For more information about Eric Carle and his books please visit:
The Official Eric Carle web site: http://www.eric-carle.com
Eric Carle's Blog: http://www.ericcarleblog.blogspot.com
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: http://www.carlemuseum.org
The World of Eric Carle: http://www.amazon.com/The-World-of-Eric-Carle
One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello--the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens…
As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise--an actual chirp!
Full of Eric Carle's gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favourite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.
Your child will meet many bugs during this adventure and salute many of them, while learning that it is okay not to be able to do everything when you are young. You will learn in time and it is really okay.
- Observe some bugs in the nature with your children. You can take a magnifier and look for some bugs in the garden or a park.
- Draw some bugs on a paper, paint them and cut them. Place them on the flowers you draw and make them talk to each other.
- Make the sounds of each bug and try to talk, mimic them and have fun!
- Talk about all unique specifications of the bugs and tell each other how nice to appreciate the differences of all the bugs and how they complete each other.
- You can talk about how your child was not capable of doing simple things when he or she was a baby and now that he can do many things that he has grown up so much...
August 12, 2020
You do not have to wait the bedtime to read a book to your child. You can have some reading time during the day, and enjoy being with your child, spending some quality time, and get lost in the imaginary worlds that the books provide. Your child needs to listen to your voice, see your mimics and reactions to the stories taking place in the books... The more he enjoys reading the books with you, it will soon become a good habit and you will see your child blossoming into this bookworm that loves to discover new worlds...
But how do we choose a good children’s book?
A good book contains characters who leave a good imprint in our children’s minds. What traits or characteristics do we like our children to acquire from the characters of the books we are reading to them? This is an important point that parents must consider.
Imagination EnhancementThe more you reward your child with new stories, they will have the idea of the real world and imagination. This will enable your child to be able to make imaginary games and boost their imagination. Seeing unicorns, dinosaurs, princesses and many more story characters that are not realistic will expand their imagination more and more as you read...
Lesson of the StoryWhat lesson do we like our children to learn? Good manners, love, embracing diversity, helping others, respecting elders, friendship, name it. If you do not have time to pre-read the book to understand the moral of the story, you can always make a quick research in Google and find out what the book is all about.
Trouble choosing the right book?
If you have to choose your books online, we advise you to check out the story from internet first. You can find a good publisher or a writer & illustrator duo that you trust and get their books if you feel like you are stuck.
Making sure the books are fine...Please make sure that you point out the importance of treating our books nicely to your children, to be able to read them in the future... You can kindly say "No, ripping the pages and painting the books is not good", and later when everything is settled you can tell about how important books are for our lives. You can always repair the books with your child if they are damaged.
August 03, 2020
This week's book is called The Snail and the Whale. Story by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Schaffler. This book is a much classic that shows us a restless young snail who has ambitions to travel the world. The other snails think that she should not go anywhere and stay safe on their rock, but the snail calls out for a lift to travel around the world. Eventually, her call is answered by a great big blue humpback whale!
The snail is delighted by the wonderful world around her, until she realizes how small this trip makes her feel. Then when the whale gets confused by the motorboats zooming on the surface, he loses his way in the shallows and ends up beached in an isolated bay. Suddenly, it's down to the tiny snail to rescue the powerless whale. They call the fire brigade and everyone works together to help the stranded whale. Free once more, the whale takes the snail back home, only to discover the other snails are inspired by the tale of the tiny Snail. So they set off all together, on the tail of the whale for a new epic journey.
- The snail and the whale travel through many different regions of amazing scenery from Antarctic seas with icebergs to tropical islands with volcanos, through big waves to underwater caves. It is interesting to discuss with your child how the snail could have stayed on his rock and not seen any of these wonders.
- You can discuss with your child the plight of the humpback whale. Talk about how it is one of the biggest animals in the world but was almost hunted to the point of extinction. Also that if people are not careful we might lose this magnificent creature.
- There is a page in the book that features people on speedboats that create so much ‘earsplitting roar’ that the whale swims ‘too close to the shore’. This is another interesting topic to cover with your child – the impact people have on wild animals.
- The tiny snail manages to save his friend the humpback whale by writing a message to ‘save the whale’. A valuable, moral lesson to discuss with your child – no matter how small you are, you can make a big difference to what happens.
- Discuss the beautiful images with your child. Each double page spread is illustrated with great detail and has lots of points you can discuss. Try to find time to stop and point out the details to your child.