Children’s Corner: Kindergarten has Begun!

Posted August 26, 2016 by Lillian in Children's Corner, Features / 0 Comments

Children's Corner

Oh wow!!! Did Summer fly by or what?! Little man started Kindergarten last week and so far he is loving it. It’s been a big adjustment for all of us, I think me more than him. Every day he comes home with new stories about what he’s learned. From the stories, I gather that Science and Math are his favorite classes, which is no surprise. They were always my favorite too. He’s been learning about bugs: specifically caterpillars and how they turn to butterflies and bees. He’s also obsessed with his new skill of counting to 100 and writing his whole name. It’s amazing how much he’s learned in just two weeks!

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I love this edition of Harry Potter! The illustrations are how I pictured the characters and scenery of Hogwarts. Little man enjoys it as much as I do. This is our second time through it.

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Summer Reading List

Before starting Kindergarten, Little man’s school sent home a list of books to read for the summer. I have to say his teacher has great taste in books! Included on the lists were Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Ezra Jack Keats, and Kevin Eastman among many others. Little man’s favorite (and mine as well) were the Pete the Cat books. He was only required to read one of them but we wound up reading as many as we could find. He wanted to share his two favorites with you today:

Children’s Corner: Kindergarten has Begun!Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Illustrator: James Dean
Series: Pete the Cat
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Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin is a fun read for your preschooler / kindergartener. In this story, Pete the Cat flaunts his new shoes, and through a series of unfortunate events ruins them. Yet all is groovy for the cool cat as now they’re just a new color. My son is five and loves this book. It’s one of his favorites, and if asked to pick a book to read, it is usually one that features Pete the Cat. As a parent, I love this particular book as it teaches kids to identify colors through different objects and to take a bad thing and make it good, like turning your white shoes brown in the mud. There’s even a catchy song / read-along available on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/harperchildrens/i-love-my-white-shoes


Children’s Corner: Kindergarten has Begun!Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Illustrator: James Dean
Series: Pete the Cat
Published by HarperCollins Reviewing Paperback Rating:

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin is a fun way to teach the kids how to count backwards. In this story, Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt with his four groovy buttons. When one pops off, does he cry? No! Three is just as good as four. My son giggles through the story as Pete the Cat loses his buttons and helps us count them down. It’s a wonderful way to teach simple math to preschoolers/kindergarteners. I love how Pete the Cat reinforces that it’s okay to lose a button because it’s still his favorite shirt and now he can sing about his three groovy buttons. There is a fun, short video on the author’s website: http://www.petethecatbooks.com/songs/?videoId=563 and a catchy song/read along available on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/harperchildrens/pete-the-cat-and-his-four

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