Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Don't Eat the Teacher!

All right, I finally got a hold of one of my favorite books today to go with this one. They're both about sharks, so that's our Special Double Issue theme.

Don't Eat the Teacher, by Nick Ward, is about Sammy the shark who gets a little too excited and bites without thinking (Sound like any kids you know?) . Sammy is going to his first day of school, but unfortunately he doesn't even get in the door before he chomps one of his new friends during a game of tag (he hiccups, and the friend pops out).

Storytime, painting, and music all lead to tragic results. As Sammy dances to the piano music, imagining himself as a terrible storm, he gets really excited and, well, you can see the title. Hopefully your kids aren't bothered by the fact that the teacher doesn't reappear (I usually brush over that part pretty quickly).

There are repeated lines that are fun for kids to say along. Of course, with each 'accident', they get to holler out a big "CRUNCH!" And afterwards everyone says, "Oh Sammy, don't eat the table."

It's a fun book, and I read today that fun is a really good thing....

Early Literacy Tip of the Day

Some Educational Psychologists found in their research that "parents who believe that reading is a source of entertainment have children with a more positive view about reading than do parents who emphasize the skills aspect of reading development."

I was thinking about this a bit today. You know there is a lot of pressure, both internal and external, on parents to raise their children in the best possible way. I want to be careful that I'm not adding to that pressure by talking about early literacy development and sharing tips.

The most important thing really is to just enjoy some time together with your child exploring books together. The first rule is to have fun.

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