Sunday, February 27, 2011

Big Green Monster

Go Away, Big Green Monster!And the award for the first “I Can Read This!” book goes to Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley…

Little Miss was cozying up in a Playhut tent on our bed with a stack of books when she came running out to the living room.  “I can read this book!  I can read this book!”*  It’s a good learning-to-read book – a fun topic with visual prompts, repetition, and not too many words.

So we decided to do a few activities in celebration. 

First was the playdough Green Monster…  I made a big batch of green playdough that I just can’t get unsticky (new recipe), but it worked for this – and then she used some of her leftover “store” playdough for the colored features.
Green Monster

This was followed by a quick sketch on the easel…
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…and then I went hunting for printables online, of which there are stacks.  A mask, cut out by Miss Esmé herself:
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A do-a-dot piece of art:
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A bit of tracing work:
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And a build-a-monster project (some parts cut by Esmé) combined with a sequencing mini-book
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Ahhh… A fun and scary side trip…  Now back to ladybugs…

* I’m so reminded of the “can she walk yet?” phase in this learning to read phase.  When is the exact moment a baby learns to walk?  When she can take steps upon prompting?  When she chooses to take steps on her own?  When walking becomes the default method of locomotion?  When she’s comfortable and steady with it?  It is such a gradual process that one day you realize it’s happened, but you never really captured “that moment.”  Esmé has been stuck in that “few steps when prompted” stage forever, so it’s exciting to move on to self-motivated “reading” – whether you’d classify her as a reader or not…

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8 comments:

Healthy & Happy said...

A fun time to celebrate and a fun way to celebrate! Glad you had so much fun Jane & Esmé!

Layton Family Joy said...

My 3 yr old LOVES this book!! He just likes to shout - go away!

JavaMama said...

Love all this monster stuff! The mask is great. Looks like a fun book....I might have to do M is for Monster very soon!

Rashi said...

Love the playdough monster activity. You can also check my Counting activities
http://blog.memetales.com/2011/03/counting-activities-kids-craft/

SnoopyGirl said...

I love storybook inspired learning! You playdough monster turned out really cool, as did your other activities.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Awesome book for an awesome first moment. Seems like ages since we checked that one out from the library!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The number of monster faces you made is amazing. I love them all.

Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

Michelle said...

We love monsters too! :) Featuring this post in this week's high paw! Thanks for participation and hope to see you again this week!