I almost forgot.
Rock in My Dryer Shannon has another great idea. She’s suggesting that everyone who wants to participate give something away in a drawing at their blog. The announcements would take place on Monday, July 23rd, and the drawing, from the list of commenters, would be on Friday the 27th. Oh, go over and see Shannon’s guidelines for what she’s calling the Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway.
So, I’m giving away a copy of my book Picture Book Preschool. If you want to win a copy, just leave a comment. I’ll draw one name on Friday and send the winner a copy of the book.
You can order the curriculum book through Cafe Press for $12.99. The curriculum book consists of a weekly list of seven picture books that deal with a specific theme. Go here for an example of one week’s listing.
The book mainly consists of these lists, one for each week of the year. You should be able to find most of the picture books listed in Picture Book Preschool at your local library. If you can only find five out of the seven or six out of the seven for a given week, that should be enough to keep you busy. I have collected many of the picture books listed in Picture Book Preschool for my own children by browsing used bookstores. So when I read these books to Z-baby, I read some that we own and some that I get from the library.
As far as comparisons go, I am familiar with the curriculum Five in a Row, and I like it very much. In Five in a Row you are encouraged to read one picture book, such as Lentil by Robert McCloskey, for five days in a row. (Children generally love to read favorite picture books over and over again.) For each day of the week this curriculum gives lesson plans related to the books of the week covering science, mathematics, history and geography, and language arts. Five in a Row is a fully developed curriculum with loads of activities to keep your homeschooled preschooler or kindergartner busy and happy.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) for my preschooler, I am homeschooling six older children. I don’t have time to do all the activities in Five in a Row, and I like the variety of picture books we read with Picture Book Preschool. Picture Book Preschool introduces your child to the best of children’s picture books, and it takes only a few minutes each day to read the book for that day, talk about it, and see where it leads you. Maybe you’ll pretend to run away from home with Frances or stack caps like the peddler in Caps for Sale or make up a poem of your own after reading The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. I suggest a few activities in Picture Book Preschool, but it’s left up to you and your child how far you want to go with each book and with the theme for each week.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the curriculum book, Picture Book Preschool click on the ad in the sidebar or on one of the links in this post. I think you’ll enjoy the extra guidance in picking out books for your preschooler or kindergartner and the low-pressure homeschool-friendly suggestions in the book. If you want to win a copy, just leave a comment and see if you’re the one. I’ll send the book anywhere in the world, but the picture books themselves may be more readily available in the U.S.
Not a requirement, but I just thought it would be fun if you left a comment telling us all what your favorite picture book is. What is your favorite? What is your child’s favorite (you know, the one you’ve read over and over until you have it memorized)?