I’ll spare you the “yes I know I haven’t blogged in a million years” explanation and just jump right into some of the happenings in our life.
Jacob’s class is doing a reading readiness/encouragement program called Snuggle Up and Read which is in my opinion a Kindergarten version of what will later become primary school book reports. The idea of the plan is that the kids in the class will come home with two books a week and with their parents they will try to work through the books with them by encouraging them to read as much as they can and use phonics to sound out words…..if they struggle with the reading we can help get the kids to guess what the word might be based on the pictures of the story. Once the book is done the parents ask the child a series of “who, what, where, when, why and how” questions to help them with reading comprehension and then the child will try their best to copy the title of the book into the journal and draw a picture of their favourite part of the story.
Jacob has been very excited about this ever since we signed the form saying that we wanted to participate and let me tell you he got right to work when he got home on Friday and did all of the homework he had in a matter of 24 hours when it didn’t need to be brought back to school until this coming Thursday. The books as we expected they might be were a little too easy for Jacob but regardless we enjoyed our time snuggling up to read together and the journalling that took place afterward….Jacob even added a sentence to the bottom of his pictures about his favourite part in each book.
Here are his journal entries that he completed in his book….the first one was done at school and the second two here at home after reading the books with Mommy and Daddy.
Book: We Are The Monsters
Favourite Part: Jumping in mud
Book: My Little Fish
Favourite Part: The fish is in the cave.
Book: This is my World
Favourite Part: I like the big world.
I just love watching Jacob’s little mind work and unfold as he grows and as a person who loved reading and doing book reports as a child this activity is really just so much fun!!