Spunky Monkeys on Parade (Fiction, Level 3) by Stuart J. Murphy
Plants (Non-fiction, Level 3) by Margie Burton
Landforms (Non-fiction, Level 3) by Mary Evans
This week’s kit was “so stinkin’ good,” according to my first grader. Spunky Monkeys on Parade is a funny book that helps kids learn how to count by 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s. Plants is a non-fiction books that helps kids learn how things grow. Landforms is a non-fiction book that helps kids learn all the different types of natural formations on our planet. What a fun way to learn math, science, and geography, along with reading, comprehension, phonics, spelling, grammar, and writing too!
The activity I want to highlight this week is the Work Analysis/Phonics activity in Step 2A of the Read with Sarah lesson plan for Landforms. In this step my first grader learned how to spell words that have a hard c as the /k/ sound: called, canyon, cliff, cold, California, and county, and he learned how to pronounce the word salmon (without the l). This was really helpful for Malachi because he is always asking me whether to use the c or the k for the /k/ sound, and also because he and I just had an argument last weekend about how to pronounce the word salmon when we were talking about his favorite video game where they catch them in the stream. (What timing!)
Another one of my favorite moments from this week was when I asked Malachi to write the names of the different landforms he learned from the book, and he wrote all the names and drew little pictures for each one just like those that appear on the last page of the book. I love finding things that genuinely interest my kids! For more information about the AlphaSkills Read with Sarah curriculum and our family, see the AlphaSkills Blog Introduction.