Monday, August 29, 2011

Curious George: Time for School

Help your little ones adjust to a "back-to-school" routine and prepare for the new school year while introducing the concept of "time."

Platt, Cynthia.
Curious George: Time for School.
July 2011.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

As George heads off to his first visit to Kindergarten with friend, Allie, his day is described through the telling of time - sharing with readers each hour of his school day and the activities in which he participates. From packing his lunch at 7:00 until he heads for home at 2:00, nearly all parts of the typical school day are covered in this unique book that allows children to manipulate the clock and "work" their way through the day.

Perfect for discussing the typical school day with new Kindergarteners or to use as an introduction to exploring the concept of time, Curious George: Time for School is ideal for sharing at the beginning of a new school year!

Reading/Learning Activities:
  • Help your child anticipate and work his/her way through the (sometimes difficult) first days of a new school year. Talk with his/her teacher ahead of time and to get an idea of what the classroom "schedule" will consist of. Write out the schedule on a piece of paper and glue some "clocks" - downloaded however many you need here and scale them down to the size of your liking. Include your child in writing the numbers on the clock and then, using the schedule you've gotten from the teacher, have your child use a pencil to draw the hour and minute hand on the clock to represent each time. At the end of the day, add something fun that your child can look forward to coming home from school!
  • After several days of school have passed, work with your child to create their own version of Curious _______: Time for School. Using their schedule, create a book unique to their class. Work together to illustrate and draw the clocks, along with writing the text. Allow your child to surprise their "class" by returning with their book to keep in the classroom for the school year after their first weekend home from school!

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