Read Aloud Thursday – Baseball, Monkeys, and Prince Charming

We are finally getting back into our read aloud groove. No matter what else is going on, reading aloud and having that time each day to settle in and enjoy a good read keeps up steady and on course. The past few weeks we have definitely enjoyed some good reads!

A Few of our Picture Book Selections:

At the library, I found Who’s on First. This books brings the classic comedy skit to life for younger ones. As I read this one, everyone was laughing and enjoying this witty play on words. This piece is truly timeless!  To add to the fun, I found a video of Abbott and Costello performing the Who’s on First skit. Oh, the laughter! After hearing the skit preformed by this comedy duo, I frequently found two readers playing parts while reading the skit. My non-readers were always close at hand.

Gossie is a favorite of my two-year old. I grab it from the library ever so often. Who can resist a cute, little gosling that likes red boots? I can’t! I love Gossie. Simple text with bright, clear pictures tell the story of Gossie and her missing red boots. Gossie is sized perfectly for little hands.

What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? turned out to be more enjoyable that I expected. It was a last minute grab from the library shelf. Mr. Wolf has a very busy day! His day starts at seven o’clock, mail arrives at nine, and on the day goes. Then there is a surprise party at six o’clock for Mr. Wolf. And all his friends are there. My children had a great time naming them: Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, the Dish and the Spoon… While this was just a fun read for us, you could definitely use it while teaching time, fairy tales or nursery rhymes.

Our History Read Aloud:

I read various books to different children for their studies, but try to select one to read together with everyone. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls is currently underway. I shared a few excerpts in Wednesday with Words yesterday. Summer of the Monkeys tells the story of Jay Berry who is determined to capture a group of lost circus monkeys. Capturing these monkeys is a bit more challenging than Jay Berry expected. Jay Berry doesn’t lack for determination. Add in a bit of creative thinking and help from his grandpa, and we can’t wait to see if Jay Berry succeeds.

While Summer of the Monkeys is hilarious, it also is sweet and poignant. The relationships really stand out as you read. You have the family relationships like Jay Berry and his grandpa.I love reading their conversations and how Jay Berry looks up to and respects his grandpa. He is always confident that grandpa is going to have the answer.  You also have the relationship between a boy and his dog. No matter how much times change, there is still nothing sweeter than a boy and his dog.

Our family bedtime read aloud is The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle. This is the second of The League of Princes series by Christopher Healy. The family enjoys these tales of the Princes Charming and how their heroic deeds never seem to get the recognition they deserve. We are only a few chapters into this book and the kiddos are hooked. The humor tends to be a bit on the sarcastic side which suits my family well but might not be for everyone.

Is it the greatest piece of literature every written? A classic? Hmm, I don’t know about that. I do know that it is a fun family read that puts a nice twist to your happily ever after fairy tales. As we read, the kiddos are anticipated which Prince Charming will be on the scene and what happens next. Trust me, you will not read fairy tales the same way again!

A new stack of books came home from the library today….and the reading continues!

What have you been reading aloud?

Are You Ready for Thursday? Grab the chocolate!

Chocolate chips, that is. And your favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe and a few cute kiddos. It is time to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!! Thursday, May 15th is the day set aside to enjoy this delicious yumminess.

What is a mom to do? While we are mixing up that cookie dough, we can mix up some fun and yummy learning, too. I’m not sure about your kiddos but I know mine might get a little more excited about math if it includes chocolate chip cookies and a nice cold glass of milk.

Ten Ways to Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day:

1- Make a batch of cookies and deliver to your neighbor or a friend who needs a smile.

2 – Read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff with your little ones. Then head over to my Pinterest board: Chocolate Chip Cookie Day for some fun printables and activities.

3- Invite friends over and have a chocolate chip cookie baking party.

4- Host a chocolate chip cookie baking contest. I’m sure there will be plenty of volunteers to judge.

5- Do a bit of geography and locate the places the ingredients for the chocolate chip cookies come from.

6- Pour chocolate chips into a jar. Let your children guess or estimate how many chips are in the jar. Have an official count and the winner receives a giant chocolate chip cookie made especially for them!

7 – Do some experimenting! What other yummy additions can you put in your cookies to partner with the chips? Sprinkles? Peanut butter chips? M&Ms? No raisins!

8 – Make chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches to enjoy as a cool treat.

9- Have a scavenger hunt. Write clues on cookie cut outs and hide them. The scavenger hunt ends with a cookie celebration. Yum!

10- Get the creative juices flowing and have everyone write a story that includes chocolate chip cookies. Why not munch on a cookie while writing?

I need to make sure we have plenty of chocolate chips for Thursday! I can’t wait.

If you enjoy cookies on Thursday, please share the fun and leave a comment!


Behold the Lamb

Behold the Lamb

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,
Slain for us: and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.

So we share in this Bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice,
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King.

The body of our Savior, Jesus Christ,
Torn for you: eat and remember
The wounds that heal, the death that brings us life,
Paid the price to make us one.

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin,
Shed for you: drink and remember
He drained death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God.

And so with thankfulness and faith
We rise to respond: and to remember.
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As His body here on earth.

Final chorus:
As we share in His suffering,
We proclaim: Christ will come again!
And we’ll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King.