Peter Rabbit: Week 3

This week lets look at ways we can connect this story to the real world.  In my experience, with my own children, I have found this happens most natural when we allow them to lead.  As I shared last week,  my son was fascinated with the word THEIF.  I have been trying to take opportunities throughout our week to point out when he takes things that are not his.  My favorite being when he sneaks in and drinks my chai tea in the mornings.  I now do not hesitate to say, "Stop! Theif!"  We have had many laughs over him thieving my tea!

Let's look at other ways we can connect Peter Rabbit with real life.

1.  Family  (click on the words to learn the ASL signs)
     Siblings: What are siblings? Do you have a brother/sister?  How many? What are their names?
     Mother:  Who is your mother (name)? What are other names for mother? How did Peter's mom
     take care of him?  Did Peter listen to his mother?  Do you?
     Father:  Who is your father (name)?  What are other names for father?  Where was Peter's father?
     Widow (finger spell):  What is a widow?

Other books/ideas:
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter
This book extends the idea of family by introducing Benjamin Bunny, Peter's cousin and also old Mr. Bunny, Peter's uncle.

Have pictures available or invite family over for a dinner around the table.  Teach them how to introduce themselves to your child in ASL.  Example:  Uncle Josh

Obviously, discussions about family will become more complex as your children grow.  These are just suggestions to get you thinking!

2.  Garden

     vegetables:  Where do vegetables grow?  Name some vegetables?  What's your favorite
     digplantgrow:  How do you plant a garden?  What do you do first, second, third (order)? What
     will it need to grow?  Where does the water come from?  What if it doesn't rain?
     cook:  What can we do with the vegetables?  How could we cook them?
     eat: Do you like them raw or cooked?  What could we dip them in?  What could we put them on?
     healthy:  What does it mean to be healthy?  Why are vegetables considered healthy?

Other books/ideas:
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
They have a You Tube read aloud (unfortunately not in ASL) you can find by clicking HERE.

In addition, if you have not visited Georgia's Pathway to Language and Literacy site they have a blog Forever Free.  They have uploaded VOCABULARY CARDS:  Food Your Child Should Know.  They are printable and there are numerous ways to use them.  For example:  sort vegetables, healthy/unhealthy, print duplicates and play memory, etc.

Have a great week!

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