In preparation for Halloween, we had a "Monsters" theme. Some of these books are big favorites of mine.
There's a Nightmare in My Closet, by Mercer Mayer. The dreaded monster in the closet! Actually he's a big crybaby.
Go Away, Big Green Monster!, by Ed Emberly. Yay! Nobody cried when the kids screamed "Go away!" I think this book is very empowering.
The Very Worst Monster, by Pat Hutchins. It's kind of fun to think being really, really bad is good!
The fourth book I read was different on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's book was:
Jeremy Draws a Monster, by Peter McCarty. Jeremy is the ultimate introvert, and when he draws a monster that comes to life and behaves badly, Jeremy ends up having to go outside and join the real world.
Wednesday's book was:
No Such Thing, by Jacki French Koller. I LOVE this book. Again, it's so empowering to a child to be able to prove he's right and the grownups are wrong. This book allows that in a humorous, respectful way, plus has the added benefit of showing that even if there is a monster under your bed, he's probably a playmate in the making.
We had a great time acting out the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We learned how to tell/act out the story at home with the Horrible Mean Troll saying "Who's that trip-trapping over my bridge?" and "I'm coming up to eat you!"
Good singers on Thursday! I love it when parents really get into the songs and fingerplays. Our books this week were:
Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails, by Nancy Tafuri. The kids love this guessing-game book.
Dinosaur Roar, by Paul Stickland. This is a genius of a book, combining dinosaurs, fun pictures and opposites.
Today four of the five babies were there for the first time. Plus we had a dad! Lots of smiles and wide eyes at the bubbles.