August 27, 2020

The Mixed Up Chameleon

This week's book is Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. There once was a small green chameleon that wished to be handsome like a flamingo, smart like a fox, and funny like a seal. But with each transformation in size, shape, and color, the chameleon learns that maybe being yourself is best of all!


The Mixed-Up Chameleon is sure to delight little readers with its interactive art, funny antics, and heartwarming message. This board book edition is the perfect size for small hands and features sturdy pages.

  • 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.

Enjoy your read and activities with your little one and we will see you soon!
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August 19, 2020

Let's Learn About Eric Carle


Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 62 languages and sold over 41 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."
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


The Very Quiet Cricket by 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.

You will enjoy reading this book to your child, and you can listen to the book from this video as well.


Here are some activity recommendations for you to enjoy with your child, in regards to the book.
  • 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

Choosing the Right Book


Reading books to children brings an enormous amount of benefits, from emotional bonds between adults and children, to language learning, to expanding children’s imagination and to fostering the love of books.

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 should have nice and eye catching, peaceful illustrations to start with. Checking the book's pictures, one thing you can see is how the illustrations look. Do they look peaceful? Do they look spooky? Observe the pictures and you will should a clue what the story is all about. Make sure to choose books with bigger artworks that catch children’s attention and memory. You do not have to stick with the text of the book, you can always look at the pictures and talk about the images in the background, and relate them with the story.

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 Enhancement

The 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...


Vocabulary Enrichment

Books with rhyming words, repetitive sounds, and sound patterns make it easy for children to remember words. You can make up some funny games with the rhymes, you can even create your own song to the book. Your child may not be able to understand every word you have said during the first readings, but children love to repeat what they enjoy with their parents. The more you read, the more your child will understand the wording and the expressions.

Lesson of the Story

What 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

The Snail and the Whale

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.



It is a little long story for the newborns, but this story will suit the preschoolers and older children. You can try to practise the below with your child. 
  • 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.
Here is the marvellous story on youtube:


We will be sharing some activities and you can also find some more documentation on our website throughout the week! Have a great week ahead and enjoy the story!