I’m so happy to be back, participating in Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up. I hope you will hop over and check out the many other fabulous book reviews and activities on her website.
Schools are back in session – my grandson started first grade and I know he is going to have a great year. He has developed a great love for books and reading and…oh yes…Monopoly! It’s been a wonderful game that encourages reading, math, learning to be a graceful winner and loser, and how to strategize. I can’t say enough good things about it.
In honor of teachers and students everywhere, I’m reviewing a classic from when my own children were little.
MISS NELSON IS MISSING
Written by Harry Allard
Illustrated by James Marshall
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin for Young Readers
Themes: School, humor, appropriate behavior
“The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzed through the air. They were the worst behaved class in the whole school.”
The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways…and just who is Miss Viola Swamp? A back-to-school perennial!
Why I like this book:
- Hilariously funny for parent and child!
- Cartoon-like illustrations kids can relate to!
- The perfect ending!
How a parent can use this book:
- Great way to help a child see the results of inappropriate behavior!
- See if your child can solve the mystery. Can he find the clues?
- For the younger crowd (ages 2 and 3): play a game of What’s Missing. You will need a paper bag and several small items like a whistle, keys, a spoon, and an apple. Show your child all of the items. Put them in the bag. Then have your child close his eyes and you remove one of the items. See if your child can guess which item is missing from the bag. Then let him put his hand in the bag and feel the items that are left…can he guess now?
- For the older crowd (ages 4 and 5): Draw a face on a paper plate. On a separate paper, draw a mustache, eye glasses, a different nose. Cut those out and then let your child change how the face looks by adding or taking away the ‘disguise’. Use your imagination, and your child’s, to think of more disguises the face could have. For lots more paper plate crafts, check out: http://www.angeliquefelix.com/gallery/fun-and-easy-kids-craft-for-toddlers-preschoolers
We’ll be announcing the winner of the School Starts Soon giveaway next week. You still have time to sign up for my email list and get an entry to win a copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking.
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I’m ending my blog post today with a prayer for all those who were affected by 9/11. I hope they have found peace and hope and love.