Family & Birthday stories


Feature Story:  The Hello, Goodbye Window This Caldecott Award, chosen for it’s vibrant illustrations, provides a great opportunity for family discussions and activities.

– Make a window.  Materials, clear plastic, saran wrap, cardboard or construction paper, glue or tape, etc.  Cut opening in paper for window, glue/tape clear sheet to finish the window.

– Using your newly made window, or a real household window, talk with your child about what they see outside the window.  Do this different times of the day.
– Go outside and talk about what you see inside the window different times of day.  (Of course, this works better if there are family members inside to see.)
– What is learned by looking at the family members from outside?  Does the grandparents, parents and siblings do things differently? Why?
– If your environment is not busy enough, try a field trip to a local store, office, public facility, etc.  Stand inside and outside a window and repeat these activities.
– Have child use their imagination and guess what they might see out of, or inside of different building windows
–  Use your craft kits to draw or make a window from the story with a scene of the child’s choice.  Of course, don’t forget to hang the masterpiece on the refrigerator.

Source: Deborah Hill Gary, CBG

Bonus Feature Story: Messy Bessey and the Birthday Overnight

It’s my birthday.  What am I to do?  Well, Bessey and her friend had a lot of fun at the birthday overnight slumber party.  But what about the mess they left?

1.  After reading the story, plan a slumber party or house party for your child.  Make sure to duplicate all of the scenes in the story.

2.  It’s someone’s birthday.  Get out your craft kits.  Sit with your child so they can make a birthday gift for the person.  While planning:
  a.  Discuss what type of gift they should make.  This is a good time to work on descriptions of people, their interests, their plans, etc.
  b.  While making the gift you can discuss colors, describe items, textures, etc.

3.  Bessey told a scary tale.   Have your child tell a story of their own.  You can choose the topic perhaps to get them started.  Try changing the topic the next time to help spark the imagination.  You can also ask them to tell their version of their favorite story from a book or TV show.

Source:  Deborah Hill Gary, CBG

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