Sunday, December 2, 2012

Learning with Literature

Books are the passports to adventure. Within their pages, contextual learning takes place. Culture is no longer some abstract thought, a definition too large and beautiful to put into words. Rather, through reading, we absorb culture, among other things. Through reading we ingest ideas about science, history, and the workings of our world and innermost feelings.

That is why exposure to rich literature is so valuable to children and adults alike.

But that's not it.

Reading with our children helps them absorb the unspoken rules of our language, the intricacies of grammar and syntax. It increases their own collection of words, often spawning little wordsmiths who surprisingly utter words like "spectacular" and "regardless."

Sharing a story with our children also helps bond us, as parents to our children and as human beings who share the experience of figuring out this confusing world.

Below are some links to stories we our favorite stories we have shared and the activities we have done to further breathe life into these stories. I will be adding to this cumulative list often, so keep checking back for more titles.

Stories from Five In a Row: Volume 1:

(You do not need to purchase FIAR to enjoy these titles. Most can be found at your local library or used book store)

Very Last First Time
Cranberry Thanksgiving
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Katy and the Big Snow
Night of the Moonjellies
Cranberry Thanksgiving + Fall Unit Study + Storm in the Night

More Stories:

The First Dog
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


Stories about the rainforest
Winter Holiday Stories
The History of Film and Animation + The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Ancient Egypt

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