We are really enjoying three books this week. I started reading The Wind and the Willows, a younger readers edition by Kenneth Grahame. I wanted to start reading a chapter book; but without pictures, my Goldilocks (7) has a very hard time sticking with the story. I decided to go with this book, because it has a lovely color illustration on every page, plus a fair amount of words so that she still has to focus on the story and use her imagination. I am hoping that this can be a transitional book of sorts. The other two little ones don't really need the pictures, although Little Red Ridinghood's (4) mind wanders about every four or five paragraphs. I figure she is a bit young, so I cut her some slack.
I also found this series in science books and so far I'm very pleased with them. Today we used the Simple Earth Science Experiments With Everyday Materials book to make a steam volcano. This volcano was different from usual ones because the chemical reaction of hydrogen peroxide and yeast made heat! It was really exciting for the kiddos, and I was amazed at how warm the spoon and jar got. FYI ~ the directions said mix 1/2 tablespoon of yeast with 1/2 cup of peroxide, but we had to triple it because of the size of our jar.
Lastly, I have had Games for Reading for years but haven't used it for a long time. It has a lot of simple games to help with your little ones' reading skills. Tom Sawyer (5) has found reading to be easy and was thriving with Teach your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons but got burned out at lesson 60. I dragged him through five more lessons but was really starting to see some resistance. I decided to change gears and spend a few weeks doing word games and come back to finish off the book in March. He is enjoying the break, and I am hoping that Goldilocks will benefit from the reading games, as well. In the second photo, they are playing a reading game that helps them learn how to read color words.