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Jan Brett: Week One

Saints Read Aloud: 60 Saints for Boys by Joan Windham

For a very young child, consider using the Bible selections for Beginner readers as read alouds and narration material. The stories are shorter and less detailed for children who are not yet read to narrate the Saints stories.

Monday James
Tuesday Joseph of Arimethaea (sic)
Wednesday Peter
Thursday Andrew
Friday Thomas

Narration

Each day, child will narrate the Saints selection while Mom keyboards. Then, she’ll illustrate. If the child is able, use the narration daily for reading practice.

Literature

The Mitten by Jan Brett. Read by Mom daily or interspersed with other Jan Brett books. 

Monday Explore the Jan Brett website. At Jan Brett's Home Page,  scroll down and click on About Jan Brett. This links to biographical information about the author/illustrator and includes a picture. Click on speaker icon to Hear Jan Brett talk about her books. Play games, print coloring sheets if interested.
Tuesday

    Go back to the Jan Brett Homepage and read the "About Letter" for The Mitten.

    Return to the webpage and help child dictate and send e-mail postcards

Wednesday:

Consider a co-op day where you do all the hands on activities with another family. Or, don’t do them all—just pick and choose.

    The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale. Locate and mark Ukraine on a map. Read a little about the country in The National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers.

    Look carefully at the "story within a story" illustrated on the sides of each page. Have the children tell that story.

    Map the structure of The Mitten. Show children how the story builds and resolves. Let the children write their own stories Nicky can lose a sock in the summer or a hat, or a something else the child chooses. Imitate the structure of the mitten. Print and illustrate a book with your own story in it.

    Baba probably had hot cocoa and cookies for Nicky—have the same!

Thursday

    At Jan Brett's site, click on Activities, then click Download and Print Masks. Download pictures of the animal characters from The Mitten, and have children cut them out, color them and mount them on cardboard. Act out the story, taking turns as the characters.

 

 

Handwriting and Phonics

Beginners

Monday ack—copy onto handwriting paper, learn the sound, combine with onsets to make words, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Tuesday copy –five words from "ack" group of words, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Wednesday Same as Tuesday, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Thursday try to write words from memory, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Friday write "ack" words from memory; add known words to word bank

 

Advanced: Studied Dictation

He stopped for a moment to admire his winter coat.

Monday Read carefully and copy.
Tuesday Copy again
Wednesday Take dictation and correct
Thursday Take dictation and correct
Friday Take dictation and correct

 

Pre-Readers:

Play with word tiles from phonics work. Do one lesson daily from Alpha-phonics or Teach Your child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

Readers

Beginners: The Beginner’s Bible

Monday The Beginning
Tuesday The special Helper
Wednesday A Sad Day
Thursday The First Rainbow
Friday A Tall Tower

Advanced: Child and parent read The Mitten aloud every day, alternating pages. Be sure a different person starts on alternating days so the child practices all the pages. If the book is mastered, use the child’s own writing (Bible narrations and the story written on Wednesday, for reading practice.) Also use the poetry for the week for reading practice.

Read Aloud: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Poet Study:

Robert Frost Read Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Choral read as a family at least once a day. Preferably read two or three times a day Meal times are good for this reading. When the poem is memorized, have capable children copy it and illustrate for their poetry notebooks. For the child who is not yet able to do all that writing, print a copy and have him illustrate.

Picture Study

Use Jan Brett illustrations for picture study. There are coloring sheets available on the Jan Brett website for coloring. Encourage the children to notice the illustrators use of color before allowing them to do the coloring sheets.

Nature Study

Take a winter walk, preferably in the snow and in the woods. Look for tracks. Listen to the silence. Illustrate and write a poem of your own, modeled after Robert Frost’s.

Jan Brett: Week Two

Bible Read Aloud: 60 Saints for Boys

Monday Denis
Tuesday Alexander
Wednesday Cyril
Thursday Stephen
Friday Laurence

Narration

Each day, child will narrate the Saints selection while Mom keyboards. Then, she’ll illustrate. If the child is able, use the narration daily for reading practice.

Literature

 

The Trouble With Trolls by Jan Brett. Read by Mom daily or interspersed with other Jan Brett books

Monday Go to the Jan Brett website and click on The Trouble With Trolls. Read the "All about" letter. Draw a map of the plot of Trouble with Trolls. Do you want a dog or another animal for a pet? How would you like a troll for a pet? Write your own story and illustrate.
Tuesday Narrate the story within a story that is illustrated at the bottom of every page.
Wednesday

    The story takes place in Norway. Take today to read and research about Norway. Be sure to read the second page of the "all About" letter at the Jan Brett homepage.

    Make Clothespin trolls.

Thursday

    The third page of the "all About" letter lists some "facts" about trolls. Trolls are fictional. Can you list some "facts" about gnomes or dwarves or some fictional creature that you create?

    Make troll pencil toppers following the link at Jan Brett's site

 

Handwriting and Phonics

Beginners

Monday ale—discuss "silent ‘e’; copy onto handwriting paper, learn the sound, combine with onsets to make words, play with word family tiles
Tuesday copy –five or more words from "ale" group of words, play with word family tiles
Wednesday Same as Tuesday, play with word family tiles
Thursday try to write words from memory, play with word family tiles
Friday write "ale" words from memory; add known words to word bank

Advanced: Studied Dictation

This time I was ready. I saw their pointy little heads and knew just what to do. Off came my boots. I dangled them in the air.

Monday Read carefully and copy
Tuesday Copy again
Wednesday Take dictation and correct
Thursday Take dictation and correct
Friday Take dictation and correct

Pre-Readers:

Play with word tiles from phonics work. Do one lesson daily from Alpha-phonics or Teach Your child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

Readers

Beginners: The Beginner’s Bible

Monday A New Land
Tuesday The Promise
Wednesday A Wife For Isaac
Thursday The Blessing
Friday Jacob’s Dream

Advanced: Child and parent read The Trouble With Trolls aloud every day, alternating pages. Be sure a different person starts on alternating days so the child practices all the pages. If the book is mastered, use the child’s own writing (Bible narrations and the story written on Wednesday, for reading practice.) Also use the poetry for the week for reading practice.

Read Aloud: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Poet Study:

Robert Frost Read "A Patch of Old Snow". Choral read as a family at least once a day. Preferably read two or three times a day. Meal times are good for this reading. When the poem is memorized, have capable children copy it and illustrate for their poetry notebooks. For the child who is not yet able to do all that writing, print a copy and have him illustrate.

Picture Study

Use Jan Brett illustrations for picture study. There are coloring sheets available on the Jan Brett website for coloring. Encourage the children to notice the illustrators use of color before allowing them to do the coloring sheets.

Nature Study

Take a winter walk. Begin a weather journal.

Jan Brett: Week Three

Bible Read Aloud: 60 Saints for Boys

Monday Felix
Tuesday Maurice
Wednesday Adrian
Monday Thursday George
Friday Christopher

Narration

Each day, child will narrate the Saints selection while Mom keyboards. Then, she’ll illustrate. If the child is able, use the narration daily for reading practice.

Literature

Fritz and The Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett. Read by Mom daily or interspersed with other Jan Brett books

Monday Use a "Learn to Draw" book to help you draw horses. Then embellish them the way Jan Brett does. A visit to a carousel to draw carousel horses would be fun.
Tuesday Spend some time with non-fiction books on horses. Record what you learn.
Wednesday Visit a horse farm, especially if you can arrange for a tour. Draw the horses for your nature notebook.
Thursday

    Write a story to go with your favorite horse drawing from Tuesday. Name the horse and make it the main character

    Build a walled city with LEGOs or blocks.

Handwriting and Phonics

Beginners

Monday ay—copy onto handwriting paper, learn the sound, combine with onsets to make words, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Tuesday copy –five words from "ay" group of words, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Wednesday Same as Tuesday, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Thursday try to write words from memory, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Friday write "ay" words from memory; add known words to word bank

Advanced: Studied Dictation

One day he climbed up to the road leading to the walled city. He tried to take long, graceful strides. He pranced and curved his neck. He threw his tail into the air.

Monday Read carefully and copy.
Tuesday Copy again
Wednesday Take dictation and correct
Thursday Take dictation and correct
Friday Take dictation and correct

Pre-Readers:

Play with word tiles from phonics work. Do one lesson daily from Alpha-phonics or Teach Your child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

Readers

Beginners: The Beginner’s Bible

Monday A Big Family
Tuesday The Dreamer
Wednesday A Secret Message
Thursday A Surprise Visit
Friday A Basket Boat

 

Advanced: Child and parent read Fritz and The Beautiful Horses aloud every day, alternating pages. Be sure a different person starts on alternating days so the child practices all the pages. If the book is mastered, use the child’s own writing (Bible narrations and the story written on Wednesday, for reading practice). Also use the poetry for the week for reading practice.

Read Aloud: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Poet Study:

Robert Frost Read A Time To Talk. Choral read as a family at least once a day. Preferably read two or three times a day Meal times are good for this reading. When the poem is memorized, have capable children copy it and illustrate for their poetry notebooks. For the child who is not yet able to do all that writing, print a copy and have him illustrate.

Picture Study

Use Jan Brett illustrations for picture study. There are coloring sheets available on the Jan Brett website for coloring. Encourage the children to notice the illustrators use of color before allowing them to do the coloring sheets.

Nature Study

Illustrations and narrations from the farm field trip and the non-fiction reading should go in the nature journal.

Jan Brett: Week Four

Bible Read Aloud: 60 Saints for Boys

Monday Nicholas
Tuesday Paul and Anthony
Wednesday Humphrey
Thursday Martin
Friday Patrick

Narration

Each day, child will narrate the Saints selection while Mom keyboards. Then, she’ll illustrate. If the child is able, use the narration daily for reading practice.

Literature

The Hat by Jan Brett. Read by Mom daily or interspersed with other Jan Brett books

Monday Read the About Letter for The Hat. Research Denmark.
Tuesday

    Jan Brett loves hedgehogs; she even has them as pets. Research hedgehogs in non-fiction sources.

    Discuss the habitat and care of hedgehogs.

    Go to Jan Brett's page, where you can find the recipe for preparing Hedgehog cookies.

    Learn to draw a hedgehog by following the Activities link at the Jan Brett website.

Wednesday:

    Make Hedgehog dolls.

    There are numerous hedgehog activities at the Jan Brett website. Choose one or two more to do.

Thursday Compare and contrast The Hat and The Mitten

Handwriting and Phonics

Beginners

Monday ail—copy onto handwriting paper, learn the sound, combine with onsets to make words, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Tuesday copy –five words from "ail" group of words, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Wednesday Same as Tuesday, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Thursday try to write words from memory, play with word family tiles; review word bank words
Friday write "ail" words from memory; add known words to word bank

Advanced: Studied Dictation

"It’s my hat, of course. Don’t you know that everyone should wear a hat in winter when it’s cold and snowy!" Hedgie shouted.

Monday Read carefully and copy.
Tuesday Copy again
Wednesday Take dictation and correct
Thursday Take dictation and correct
Friday Take dictation and correct

 

Pre-Readers:

Play with word tiles from phonics work. Do one lesson daily from Alpha-phonics or Teach Your child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

 

Readers

Beginners: The Beginner’s Bible

Monday The Burning Bush
Tuesday Hard Times For Egypt
Wednesday The Sea Rolls Back
Thursday Manna, Quail And Water
Friday God’s Rules

Advanced: Child and parent read The Hat aloud every day, alternating pages. Be sure a different person starts on alternating days so the child practices all the pages. If the book is mastered, use the child’s own writing (Bible narrations and the story written by the child, for reading practice.) Also use the poetry for the week for reading practice.

Read Aloud: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Poet Study:

Robert Frost Read Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Choral read as a family at least once a day. Preferably read two or three times a day Meal times are good for this reading. When the poem is memorized, have capable children copy it and illustrate for their poetry notebooks. For the child who is not yet able to do all that writing, print a copy and have him illustrate.

Picture Study

Use Jan Brett illustrations for picture study. There are coloring sheets available on the Jan Brett website for coloring. Encourage the children to notice the illustrator’s use of color before allowing them to do the coloring sheets.

Nature Study

A trip to a zoo or farm where hedgehogs live would be great. If not, consider a study of moles, groundhogs, prairie dogs and other tunneling animals.

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