Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Curious George at the Park

Use Curious George to introduce the sense of touch!

Rey, H.A. and Margaret.
Curious George at the Park: A Touch-and-Feel Book.
March 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Curious George engages readers in learning about the sense of touch, as readers team up with him for an afternoon in the park. Along the adventure, readers have the opportunity to use their hands and experience first-hand the way different objects feel in this touch-and-feel story! From soft, fluffy fur to the bumpy bark of a tree, children will delight in learning about their hands as a means of discovery!

I love this book and am so excited to know it will become a part of my preschoolers' unit on My Five Senses (in more ways than one)! It will surely captivate attention and elicit eagerness to learn and explore with hands!

Learning/Reading Activities:
  • I will be creating two sets of literacy bags (20 different books in each set) for my students to take home as "homework" for the week. One of the books I will be featuring will be Curious George at the Park. Along with the story, I will be sending home the worksheet that can be downloaded here, as an activity for families to participate in. The worksheet asks families to explore five objects with their hands and to then describe the object using words. Check it out! This is a great way to encourage whole-family involvement, while at the same time instilling the importance of literature in children's language development!
  • Create a sensory activity for your child(ren)! Using lunch-size brown bags, collect a variety of items to place inside (for example: a scrap of fleece material, grass, sand, rocks, play-doh, gummiworms, etc). Have your child place his/her hand inside the bag (without peeking) and guess what is found inside. Create a list of all the guesses for each bag. After having your child(ren) guess, reveal the contents! You can also use this as an opportunity to explore graphing (if completing the activity with several children), by graphing the object from each bag that had the most guesses and then comparing the different categories!

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