This week we’ll be focusing on the letter B, and on learning about bugs. Cut out a capital and lower-case letter “B” and add it to your calendar area.
Display pictures of bees, bugs, ladybugs, butterflies, or whatever else might be familiar where you live. You might gather a few other small objects that start with the “B” sound – like a block, a battery, a baby bear toy, a bell – for use at calendar time. Also, beach starts with B. If your weather cooperates, plan a day to go to the beach. I’ve scheduled it for Friday, but it can easily be switched to another day.
Suggested Picture Books
When I look for books, I go online to find what is currently available. Many of my resource books contain lists of great children’s books, but I cannot find them anywhere. So I search through the bookstores, then read all the parent reviews, before selecting what should be the best choices. You do not need to use all of the books I list, or even any of them, unless otherwise noted. But the more you read to your child, the more likely you will raise a reader.
After the books are some interesting CDs, DVDs, puzzles, or other educational toys that fit with the theme for the week. This are also optional, but good choices if you wish to add them to your collection.
Great Picture Books
- Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman
- I Love Bugs! By Philemon Sturgest
- Benjamin’s Bugs by Brian Morgan
- Tiny Workers: Ants in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen
- The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons
- The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
- Bee Smart by Charles Reasoner
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Interesting Toys and Games
- The Teddy Bears Picnic from Dorian Recordings
- Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Bee or Ladybug
- Alex Bugs in the Tub
- Bugs Lacing cards
- The Ladybug Game
- Insects chunky wood puzzle
- Melissa & Doug Bugs Floor Puzzle
- Insect Bug Exploration Kit with Net
This week I discovered two things: Prince Lionheart wheely toys and the Teddy Bears Picnic CD. The wheely toy can come painted red and black like a ladybug, or yellow and black like a bumble bee. It’s a handmade toy imported from Australia, and has won many awards. Being multi-directional, it encourages gross motor skills, and is “heaps of fun”. My granddaughter might be a little old for this neat toy, but if I get another grandchild someday, I know I’ll be adding a Prince Lionheart toy to the must-haves list.
Watch a video excerpt about the wheely toy.
The music CD is gorgeous. You can listen to excerpts of it if you go directly to Amazon.com. If you like band music, you will love this recording.