What's better than inspirng children's curiosity? One way to do that is to read a children's book to your charge then continue doing activities inspired by the book. Today, we hope our Weekly Trip to the Library for nannies and au pairs will inspire child care providers to take reading books to children to the next level -- using lesson plans.
The activities we list after the book review below get increasingly more difficult for a child of any age or level.
One of the most popular children's book series is Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. The many facets of friendship are explored in the five short stories within Frog and Toad Are Friends. Each story alternates the principle action that is taking place between the two characters.
After reading the book share interesting facts about frogs and toads and focus on friendship with the children.
1. Select and Color a Frog:
2. Make an Origami Frog:
Print out the directions on how to make an origami jumping frog by clicking here.
3. Write a Friendly Letter:
4. Use Venn Diagrams to Describe Friends:
By third grade children will be using Venn Diagrams to help organize their thoughts before writing assignments in school. Venn Diagrams are useful for examining similarities and differences in characters and stories. This activity helps to organize similarities and differences visually. Draw a Venn Diagram, see how by clicking here.
These ideas are inspired by the San Diego Office of Education and Linda Scott of CyberGuide