Emma has been asking to visit Kenya ever since we read Mama Panya’s Pancakes – the first time. This book has been read daily ever since we checked it out from the library after reading about it at Musings of the Monroe Family. Emma loves the illustrations, and she always enjoys reading the facts about Kenya and the Kiswahili glossary at the end of the book.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is Johnny’s favorite book of the week, and asking him if he wants to be a bucket filler has been a surprisingly effective way to motivate him to be kind to others. I also love that, a few pages into the book, Emma said, “Oh, I get it! The buckets are our hearts!” – beautiful insight from a five-year-old.
I think we also found this book through a blog’s WMCIR post, but I couldn’t remember which one. Please let me know if you’ve seen it reviewed somewhere?
The ABC’s of Origami: Paper Folding for Children is a book I requested from PaperBackSwap for my alphabet-loving children. We haven’t used it much (just got it this week), but there’s a nice variety of shapes to make (one for each letter of the alphabet), with widely varying levels of difficulty.
I picked up Uncover the Human Body at Costco several months ago, because Emma LOVES learning about the human body. I loved the design, with thick pages full of information and a model human body that didn’t consist of tiny pieces that could get lost. The model comes apart layer by layer, as you learn about the skeletal system, digestive system, urinary system, circulatory system, respiratory system, muscular system, and nervous system. I’ve always felt that early childhood was a great time to learn about human biology, since children this age often have a natural curiosity about how their bodies work. They can understand a lot of the facts, and memorize terms without even appearing to try. I was a little concerned that the model would fall apart, but so far it has held up well.
Also sharing at Book Sharing Monday at smiling like sunshine.