Currently, I’m planning a program comparing and contrasting the Arctic and Antarctica. I know. . . sounds boring. After a very brief lesson on Geography, the fun will begin. I’ll start with sharing a photo collage I created of animals which live in the Arctic vs Antarctica. From there, we will play Arctic Animal Bingo. We’ll finish off the event making snow animals out of clay. When a program includes clay, it’s always a winner! Children and parents alike join in the fun.
I learn a lot when I plan programs for kindergarten – 5th graders. Did you know there are 17 types of penguins? None of which live in the Arctic. As for Antarctica, there are the true Antarctic species, which breed on or near continental Antarctica. . . Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor and Gentoo penguins. Sub Antarctic species are one’s where the furthest south they go is the sub-Antarctic islands. These include King, Macaroni and Rockhopper penguins. I’m curious where the other ten types of penguins live. The kids will be too. I need to research that before the first week of January.
In the meantime, I’ll practice reading Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek. A beautiful book with a timely message.
A few years ago, I highlighted 24 of our favorite picture books in the post Christmas Books – One to Twenty Four. I need to add two books to this list. The best Christmas books published in 2016 are The Christmas Boot and Stowaway In A Sleigh. ML’s reached the age where she doesn’t want to cuddle in my bed reading picture books. However, she agreed to join me for a reading of The Christmas Boot. Tonight, I’ll try for Stowaway in a Sleigh.
The Christmas Boot by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Stowaway in a Sleigh by C. Roger Mader
Picture boos aren’t just for preschoolers. Here’s a list of some of my favorites this year.
Kindergarten – Second Graders
Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray
Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen
88 Instruments by Chris Barton and illustrated by Louis Thomas
Sergio Saves the Game by Edel Rodriguez
Third – Fifth Graders
Bloom by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by David Small
Painting Peppette by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Claire Fletcher
Water Princess by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story about Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards and illustrated by G. Brian Karas