This week we’ve had some REALLY late nights, as we’ve spending time with friends in Chicago. We’ve been lucky to be in bed before 11pm, so we’ve had a mixture of bedtime stories and books we’ve read during the day.
On Monday we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which we’ve read a million times before, but it’s part of the Baby Steps to Literacy programme, which we complete this week.While we’ve been in Chicago we visited the Museum of Science and Industry, and while there watched a movie about Monarch butterflies on their enormous curved screen. James knew the caterpillars became cocoons and then butterflies, and I’m certain it was down to this book. Monarch caterpillars, however, eat milkweed, not sausage, cupcakes, or lollipops!
Tuesday’s book, another of the Baby Steps to Literacy reads, was Pat the Bunny.
This is a gorgeous book. It’s really interactive, with a ring to poke your finger through, and a boy to play peek-a-boo with among other fun things. We’ve really enjoyed this book, and although it’s a classic from the 1930s, I’d never heard of it before taking part in the Literacy programme.
Our participation in the programme ended this week on Wednesday with Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
I packed new books to bring with us on this trip, mostly because I thought it might capture his attention a bit on the aeroplanes, but actually the familiarity of this book has been important and welcomed. James now reads it to himself, and it’s so cute to hear!
Since we began the programme, James’ attention and participation scores have really improved, and actually James sits a little better at other times, not just story time. Contact Danielle using the link above if you’ve a child under the age of 28 months, whether you have an established reading routine or not.
So one of our new books on Thursday was Get Dressed Max and Millie, which is about two toddlers who have to get dressed instead of playing and messing about. The children have to race to dress themselves before Millie’s daddy counts to ten. At the end the book asks, can you get dressed too? James always answers “no, I have help”, so he’s still a little young to fully empathise with this book, though he enjoys the story and the pictures.
On Friday we left Chicago, and our bedtime story was the very appropriate Good Night Chicago.
It’s a board book with beautiful illustrations of key sights in the Windy City. The language in this book is positive and sounds like what you’d say at the end of the day to your loved ones. A really good read for toddlers.
We didn’t have a bedtime story on Saturday because we were at an oyster roast in Stella, North Carolina.
Hope you’ve enjoyed finding out what we read this week. I love to hear what you’ve been reading, do leave a comment and let me know!