Thursday, January 08, 2009

Read Aloud Thursday

I found a new meme to participate in! It looks like lots of fun and I can't resist so I guess Thursdays might be meme days between this new one and Booking Through Thursday. So what's the new one? Read Aloud Thursday. It isn't really new, exactly, but it's new to me! Amy over at Hope is in the Word has been running it for awhile and I'm just catching on.

The idea is simple: share about the books that you've been reading aloud with your kids (or to yourself?! ha) lately. Since I have a two year old, what we are reading aloud changes on a daily basis. One day its Thomas. The next its Curious George.

Currently, we are reading Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb My son is into drums (his uncle plays drums for our church worship team making him a hero, of sorts). My son also thinks monkeys are funny. Then there is the fact that this book is all told in rhyme. This book goes down in our family history as being the first book that my two year old told me he would read "all by self." It's true folks! I started reading it aloud and was interrupted and informed that he could read it. Well, then, buddy you just go right ahead (says mommy, rolling her eyes!). No, he can't read it but it did have most of the book memorized! I guess we've read it a lot! If you are looking for a copy for yourself I recommend getting the Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Board Books). Normally I don't like the board book editions of books because they leave out text to cater towards babies attention spans. However, this particular board book edition includes all of the text of the original work AND its about $3 cheaper so hey - that makes it a winner to me!

A toy that we have found fun to use while reading both the above book and the one that I mention below, is the Little Tikes Drum. (We bought ours for $15 at Wal-Mart.) As we read the book he gets to play the drum. We also tap to the beat of the rhyme (however fast we decide to read it). We tap out the syllables of the word and sometimes we just make a lot of noise. We seem to have a slightly hard time with rhythm and are working on that also but as we read out a rhythm the situation seems to be improving.

The other book we're reading (in order to learn rhythm and rhyme) is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?(Which, as I've mentioned before, is way cheaper if you buy it in the Board Book Gift Set.) As we read this we are clapping and drumming our way through the rhyme in order to see how the story is segmented. (This was one of the suggestions in the Starting with Stories book and it just makes the book all that more entertaining to my son. Esp. if the drum is present.

There are more books that we are reading aloud, of course, but this gets us started.


Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

These are favorites at our house, too. Logan loves Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb, and also has much of it memorized. "Millions of monkeys drumming on drums." :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Carrie, I'm so glad you participated! My girls have always loved Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, and I can still hear it in my head. Brown Bear is always a winner, too. I really need to look into the other book you referenced. We're doing activities from Before Five in a Row, but your book sounds good, too.

Thanks so much for playing!

Ronnica said...

Hey, I like to read aloud to myself. I don't do it all the time, but if I'm in a certain mood and reading a certain book, I'll do it. My favorite to read aloud is Scripture...especially the poetry.

Cindi M said...

I have a two year old boy. We read anything by Patricia Hubbell: Cars, Trains, Trucks. They are all great read-alouds as they rhyme! The illustrations are very unique and fun to look at. My older kids still like picture books read aloud as well. We read a fun one last night called "Little Pea" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. We've also been enjoying some history picture books by Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire (Columbus, Leif the Lucky, Abraham Lincoln, Ola, Greek Myths, etc.)

Stephanie Kay said...

Dum ditty dum ditty drum drum drum... We have that one memorized around here also.

Lisa Spence said...

"Brown bear" was one of our favorites when my boys were small. I have some video footage of my oldest son "reading" it to his younger brother; he was only about 3 years old but had it memorized!

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