Monday, June 18, 2012

2012 MeMeTales Readathon - Week 1

This week is the launch of the 2012 Readathon #readforgood! If you haven’t already signed up to join in and read the free books with your child, you can find out how here @MeMeTales.

The theme this week is Animals, so we chose the story The Donkey and the Wolf.

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It’s a cute story about a donkey who is trapped by a hungry wolf, and the clever way he saves himself (if memory serves correct, it may be one of Aesop’s fables?). I won’t say any more in case you want to read it with your own child, but here are some things we did while reading the story:

D noticed that Donkey starts with the same letter as his name. We spent some time thinking of other D words. He also wrote D with his fingers and sticks on every surface he encountered, including his applesauce and the bubbles in his bath. He sounded a few cvc words starting with D: Dog, Dig, Dud.

We talked about donkeys and practiced kicking like one ! (Note the "Wolf" behind him!)

We discussed ways that we could defend ourselves against a “bad guy”. K, the big brother, was kind enough to let D get some hands-on experience here:

We were careful to clarify when would be an appropriate situation to defend yourself, too, as opposed to attacking someone!

And, at D’s suggestion, we made a donkey piƱata!

We really enjoyed our week with Donkey and the Wolf, and can’t wait to read next week’s book! You can "borrow" the book, and try the great activities including the free download shown below, on the website. It's not too late to sign up.

Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for the post and for providing activities and ideas to go along with it. We’d have read it even if it wasn’t, though!
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