Posts Tagged ‘rhyming’

Frog on a Log?

Some say cats are bossy animals, and in this new book by Kes Gray and Jim Field we certainly get that impression.
frog on a log

Frog on a Log starts with cat’s stern instruction; “Hey, Frog! Sit on a log!” The rest of the book is a conversation between cat and frog about who sits where. We learn that cats sit on mats, goats sit on coats, puffins sit on muffins, and snakes sit on cakes. The cat knows all of this and lectures frog saying, “It’s not about being comfortable, it’s about doing the right thing.”

These silly rhymes (and super silly pictures) make us smile, but they also help little brains understand how words are related to each other. When you play with the rhymes in books you’re working on an important early literacy skill, phonological awareness. So read this one together and laugh as you learn!

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Today we got a new book by Jon Agee. His books are always great and this one is no exception.


To me, a good picture book tells part of the story with the pictures and part of the story with the words. In this case, the two stories don’t completely fit together. The title “It’s Only Stanley” is the phrase that Mr. Wimbledon keeps repeating after checking on strange nighttime sounds. Yep, Stanley is the cause, but you and I can see something major is going on in each scene. Dad’s not concerned but we as the readers are!

So there’s the mystery of what Stanley is up to and then there’s the rhyming text. Many of my favorite read-alouds rhyme. They’re fun to read, and fun to listen to. Books that rhyme also let kids practice the early literacy skill of playing with the sounds in words. Like on the page that says “It was even later still, when Willie smelled a funky smell that made him kind of ill.” Pre-readers see and hear that ‘still’ and ‘ill’ sound alike and look alike. As they continue on their reading journey they’ll be quicker to understand how to read and spell words like ‘fill’ and ‘grill’.

One last thing that makes a picture book great are the details in the pictures. I noticed new things each time I looked through the book. I could tell you what those things were but that would spoil your fun!

Get a copy for yourself and enjoy!

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Have you and your family taken advantage of all the great Farm Stands around town?  You could turn this trip into an exciting learning opportunity for your preschooler.  Find Fort Wayne Farmer’s Markets.

Read the book Cheers for a dozen ears : a summer crop of counting  by Felicia Chernesky, illustrated by Susan Swan to discuss what you’ll see there and what you’ll do.  This book uses rhyme, colors, vocabulary, and shapes to keep your child’s interest besides having great digital collaged art. The author’s website is here.

Use Early Literacy’s Talk, Play, Sing, Write, and Read concepts to make this experience educational.

Talk about the words that name the fruits and vegetables.  What is your favorite?  What do you want to use right away?

Play with the idea of shapes and name the shape of each fruit or vegetable.  If you have plastic fruit or vegetables and a basket your child could pretend to buy these items themselves.

Write down the names of each item you buy.  You could make a list of what you want or a list of what you bought.

Sing a silly made up song about going to the Farm Stand or Farmer’s Market.  “We’re going to the farm stand, we’re buying fruit picked by hand, we’re going to buy veggies farmed from the land.”  Any fun sing-song rhyme can be made into a song.  This one is similar to the tune of “We’re Going to the Zoo” by Tom Paxton.

Read other Farmer’s Market books to enrich this family outing.


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