I am so glad I found this! Thank you to Fablevision Learning for redirecting me back to Guyku’s website! I have to tell you that when I posted Poetry for Boys-Intro to Haiku, I did think, what about the girls? Luck for everyone, there are some very outspoken and smart little girl poets (from all over the world!) asking for books for them as well. So they are working on it!
I found this while at my library shift yesterday! I thought this was a great resource for teachers looking to rope boys in to the idea of poetry. It is also a great introduction to haiku: A poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five; derived from the Japanese.
Maybe your little guy is already channeling Shel Silverstein? Or Pablo Neruda?
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Are you ready for the weekend? Cinco de Mayo is huge here in the States! Diego’s class had this day reserved for a parent to go in and teach them all a little something about the holiday. I signed up and focused on Diego Rivera and this fantastic book by Duncan Tonatiuh. The kids loved the pages devoted to guessing and imagining what Diego Rivera would paint if he were alive today. The teachers and I then asked our little kindergarten artists to put on smocks and paint something they are passionate about, something that makes them proud, or something (or someone) they love. Once the artwork dries, the teachers will put them together for a classroom mural.
My Diego starting his painting.
Diego is passionate about soccer and he thought Diego Rivera would paint a lot of soccer scenes if he were alive today!
I hope to get a final picture of the project!! I’ll share if I do!
My Diego was happy to have me there, he was proud to share a story about an amazing Mexican artist, and the kids all wanted us to speak Spanish! Too cute. I wish you all a happy and festive Cinco de Mayo this weekend!
P.s. If you are having a party for Cinco de Mayo, look at these amazing party ideas!
In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday today, we are reading Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer. I LOVE this cute book. It is perfect for my little boys and it is so simple that I can point to numbers and objects and translate it all to Spanish.
Get your little ones started early with the classics! You can check out more Baby Lit titles here.
P.s. Guess how old Shakespeare would have been today? 449 years old!!!
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My oldest is definitely his mother’s son. Diego loves to read and I hope he continues to read throughout his life for simple enjoyment. As a former Language Arts and Reading teacher, I can say that reading will help any child with any subject matter throughout their educational careers and of course through life. Creativity stems from reading, vocabulary grows and a young child starts to engage in conversation regarding a series of topics-because of reading.
As Diego starts to make his transition from picture books and easy readers to series and chapter books, here are a few that we have found interesting, engaging and fun. Diego discovered some on his own, I have suggested some of my childhood favorites and other people have made some great recommendations as well. Some of these books are recommended for ages 8 and up but it doesn’t stop us from checking them out or buying these from the list below. I will continue to read to Diego and help him with more difficult books as long as I can.
“Here mami. Put this on My Friend Betty Says.”-Diego, Age 6
jajaja! I guess Mo Willems and I better watch out.:-)
We just bought Krong by Garry Parsons at our school’s book fair! Of course it’s a huge thumbs up from me. This adorable book introduces kids to different languages (knot in my throat as I read the Japanese to Diego). The pictures are bright and along with the narration, the characters have conversation bubbles over their heads-always a hit with Diego! The best part? Spanish is included as well!
There’s a little mystery in the short plot and the gift given at the end of the story helps our little protagonist crack the “code”. Diego read the book before me but insisted I read it aloud to him. This one will be in and out of our bookshelf for a long time to come. Perfect for all ages.
Do you know of other picture books that introduce kids to different languages? Please share!
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