CJ and his grandmother make their way home after church and they encounter various people on their trip. CJ wonders why he has to take the bus when his friend is able to take a car, and grandmother explains all that he would miss if he hadn’t ridden the bus. This is a sweet book that explores the relationship between generations living in a vibrant city.
Sam and the Lucky Money tells the story of a young boy who receives some money for the Chinese New Year. When he encounters a homeless man on the street, Sam is forced to think about the true value of his money. This is a difficult text for any student to tackle and definitely warrants some additional talks at home.
I recently picked up Leo Goes to the Barber, a cooperative game for up to 4 players. It’s hard to find a cooperative game that’s not text-heavy, so this game is perfect for kids as young as 4.
Rules: Build a path for Leo to navigate on his trip to the barber! Leo advances the number of spaces on the card, but if he lands on a mismatched color, Leo stops to talk. If he doesn’t make it to the barber on time, his hair grows longer and he heads back to bed. You have 5 tries to make it to the barber otherwise you all lose!
Skills Used: This game has a strong memory element.
Cost: $25 on Amazon.
Time: 30 minutes.
Modifications for Kindergarteners: None!
Can it be played if pieces go missing: You could play this game with about 90% of the pieces in the box.
Is this a game only kids would like: Adults may enjoy this as well, but it won’t be something they pull out once the kids go to bed.
“I emptied my secret money box, arranged the coins in piles and the piles in rows . . .” The market is full of wonderful things, but Saruni is saving his precious coins for a red and blue bicycle. How happy he will be when he can help his mother carry heavy loads to market on his very own bicycle-and how disappointed he is to discover that he hasn’t saved nearly enough! Determination and generosity are at the heart of this satisfying tale, set in Tanzania and illustrated with glowing watercolors that capture the warmth of Saruni’s family and the excitement of market day.
Our Current Read Aloud is “The Bad Beginning”, the first in the Series of Unfortunate Events. It is dark and comical, much like Roald Dahl, but as the series suggests, isn’t as bright and flowery.
This week we’re reading “A Chair for My Mother”
The jar of coins is full. The day has come to buy the chair – the big, fat, comforable, wonderful chair they have been saving for. The chair that will replace the one that was burned up – along with everything else – in the terrible fire. A book of love and tenderness filled with the affirmation of life.
Those Shoes represents the beginning of our money unit. It’s the story of a child who wants some coveted shoes but his family is unable to afford them. He experiences some strong emotions such as envy, despair and false hope as he tries to desperately find a pair of those shoes.
Given a choice between the Eagles and Patriots in the upcoming Super Bowl, 15 of my Hummingbirds chose the Eagles to the Patriot’s 1. 8 Students simply don’t care about football, which I sympathize with!
Rules: Place 4 dominoes face up ordered from lowest number to highest. The player who chose the lowest number (worst) domino last round gets to go first. Assemble your kingdom to score points!
Skills taught: Abstract spatial reasoning, planning ahead, multiplication, being a kind competitor
Cost: $20 on Amazon.
Time/Players: 15 minutes/2-4 players (more is better)
Modifications for younger students: Game rules state that the kingdom must fit into a 5×5 square but we allow virtually any shape.
Can it be played if pieces go missing: If a few dominoes go missing then the game won’t be affected too much.
Is this a game only kids would like: This is a great quick ‘filler’ game that plays extremely quickly, allowing for multiple plays.
Our current long read aloud is the Roald Dahl Book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. It was later made into two movies, one of which is great!