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Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Authors, Blog |

Children’s Author Study

Children’s Author Study

Author Natalka Prytula   Children’s Author Study

Welcome to our first children’s author study. The honor of being our first featured author goes to Natalka Prytula. She is the author of Everything’s Better With Cheddar.  The book is written for five to seven year olds.



Cheddar is a food-loving mouse who loves to cook gourmet meals while the lady of the house is sleeping. He enjoys trying new things and making new friends. But he soon finds himself with a big problem! A house cat has been brought home from the shelter and everyone knows that cats eat mice. So Cheddar must find a way to get the “fuzz ball of a creature” to become his friend before it’s too late. How will Cheddar be able to become the cat’s buddy before he finds himself becoming a tasty treat? Everything’s Better with Cheddar is the first book of a series. The possibilities of his future adventures are endless!

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Natalka had always wanted to be a teacher and was finishing her degree in early childhood education when she took a children’s literature class. Her professor gave an assignment: write and illustrate a children’s book. Cheddar was born. With her degree in hand Natalka landed a position as a toddler teacher at a prestigious preschool in Western New York. Her kids love Cheddar, because they know Everything’s Better With Cheddar! Publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/NatalkaPrytul



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Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Authors, Blog, Dr. Seuss, Uncategorized |

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd




Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

This is our Dr Seuss‘ Birthday Celebration, it goes on all week! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd. Each year we add some new elements. Our preschoolers have fun and learn about rhyme, patterns, and just tons of other stuff!

Things

Dr Seuss Birthday Is March 2nd   We start the week before getting everyone’s handprints for a long strip of “Things”.

   This was the early years before it dawned on me to make a long strip and only do each child’s hand print once. lol

Cats’ Hats

This week the children are introduced to the concept of patterns. This concept is an important developmental step fostering pre-reading skills.

Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd  I found these tiny solo cups at the grocery store, I just cut some white paper into squares. Not sure of the size but not much bigger than the mouth of the cups. The kids can practice stacking as seen in the photo. Working on pre-reading patterning, balance, and the activitiy increases attention span.

  Over the years I’ve fine tuned these activities. Now the children begin with these white striped hats. They glue on just white strips. Teachers staple these to construction paper head bands to make actual hats to keep at school and wear all week. Later come the colorful hats that we display.

    Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd These hats are an important lesson in paterning. Children pick two colors and alternate as they glue.

Trees

This year we will be adding Truffala Trees!

The children will make these trees from aboutamom.com.

I might (if I find the time) do these as favors for our Dr. Seuss birthday party.

 

Dr Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Authors, Blog, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle |

Preschool Author Study

Preschool Author Study


Preschool Author Study

Even little children can understand that words make a story. Your Preschool Author Study can be great fun. Young children can even be authors! Learning about authors can be fun even for preschoolers. Head to the library if your school doesn’t have a large collection and bring back as many books by your chosen author. Read them all! Choose one or two of the books to focus on and bring to the other areas of your room with flannel stories, art projects, and science experiences that relate to the book.  

The topics of books chosen to highlight for this article is arctic animals. You might choose to do an author study as a secondary theme. Check out our arctic theme here.

Jan Brett

The first Author we study is Jan Brett. She has a wonderful website that accompanies her many children’s books. Her illustrations are from a time gone by yet somehow timeless. By the time we’re doing our author study we’ve read several of her book with our preschoolers. We’ve been explaining to the preschoolers all year, every time we read a book, who an author/illustrator is. Now we’re going to show them.

Preschool Author Study  Jan Brett

For this post we’ll discuss her book The Three Snow Bears.

The book is a twist on the traditional Goldilocks And The Tree Bears story. It’s beautifully illustrated in Jan’s style. Read both stories and do a little comparison on chart paper.

We have a few different ways the children can tell and retell the story available to the children during our author study. There’s polar bears, an igloo, and a few Eskimo dolls to re-enact the story with. We also have a flannel board story for the children to use. Of course all of Brett’s books that we own are on our book shelf for the children during our study.



Eric Carle

The next author we’ll study will be Eric Carle. His books are staples in schools, libraries and day care centers. Children everywhere know Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

The next author’s work has been a staple with parents, teachers and kids for more than 50 years. Brown Bear, Brown Bear was released in 1965! A great way to introduce Eric Carle to your kiddos is to watch the video The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse or 40 Years Of The Hungry Caterpillar

Preschool Author Study  Eric Carle

For this post we’ll discuss Carle’s Book Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear can be a part  a week long author study or a study of article animals. Take a look at how we look at the arctic. We have pleantiful real snow to play in but for those who can only pretend there’s DIY Sparkly Fake Snow. Flannel stories, books on tape (cd)  are great ways to introduce literature to young children.

Children Authors

The books children author can be elaborate or as simple as a few pages of paper stapled together.

Teachers can help children become authors by dictating their story onto paper and binding the story into a book. I just plop down next to my preschoolers with their journal in hand and say “ Tell my your story.” They usually have at least something to say. Sometimes they go on and on! Below are a few examples of story prompts to get you started. 

Childrens own books can be elaborate or as simple as a few pages of paper stapled together.

Preschool Author Study

Links

Scholastic has a great page called Story Starters. They have something for every age group and 4 different fun categories like Sifi and Fantasy. The page is very easy to use with young children.

A cute site to visit for writing ideas is Look! We’re Learning  This is actually a homeschool blog but this could be applied to preschoolers.

Another great site for this was found on thehandcraftedstory.com. There you’ll find a cute game designed for around the dinner table but could easily be used in small groups at preschool. She has an Etsy.com

I’ve only highlighted two authors here but you get the idea. Introducing authors to young children may just inspire our next Jan Brett,  Eric Carle, or Steven King! lol



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