Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Reading A Lot!

Welcome back to Camp Read A Lot.
{To see the first post ~ go here.}

The campers all came to Grandma's on Sunday to celebrate Grandpa's birthday and I thought we had better get a picture in their cute shirts before they got all messy.
I made the banner with my girls' cricuts and just love it.

Here is the list of books that we have read at Grandma's so far.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
2.  Corduroy
3.  The Story of Ferdinand
4.  The Runaway Bunny
5.  Make Way for Ducklings
6.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
7.  If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
8.  Doctor De Soto
9.  Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
10.  Goodnight Moon
11.  Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First
12.  Pretty Salma, A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa

My little campers get so silly posing for pictures.  

Today we finally painted our caterpillars.  The kids are suited up and have their sunscreen on so you will see some ghostly faces.

Clean up is a snap with shaving cream.   We did a little practicing of correct letter formation while we were at it.

Such a cute picture of Ben.

Our finished caterpillars don't have eyes because we ran out of time, but we did get some legs on them. They are just pipe cleaners cut in half.

At lunch we made caterpillars with our grapes and strawberries.  

And with that, I think we are done with caterpillars.  

The bookworms are up in the family room.  Every book read to the 3 little ones gets written on a circle. Elizabeth had to read her own books ~ although we have modified that so some of the ones her mom reads she writes down too.   

Here is a peek at Jackson's bookworm.  You can see the kids have been reading up a storm.  This should look quite interesting come August.

And here is a little visual of our treats for me to remember.

I am taking the 3 big kids, one at a time, after VBS this week, out to lunch and to the bookstore to pick out a book.  They filled out the Barnes and Noble reading club so the free book is from there.

The "treasure chest" sits in our living room and is filled with all sorts of junk.  The kids know about it of course, but they aren't allowed to ask for something from it.  It's something I just offer up now and then.  The boys especially love to get a treasure.  I'm actually getting kind of desperate for some cheap treasures to put in there too.  I always scour dollar bins looking for stuff because my stuff is getting kind of tired.
I had to laugh last time we had the box out, Cooper saw a robot in there and he said "Hey that's mine."  Sure enough there was a letter  C on the bottom.  I always put a C and B and J on things as the boys get the same cars and action figures often.  So I'm sure I found the thing on the floor and just popped it in the treasure box.  I think a few other things in there are forgotten toys of theirs!

So, there you have our Camp update.  We only do the camping activities when all 4 are here together, and I am busy planning our next few visits.  I have to get busy and think of a few fun treats too.    We have received prizes through 30 books, but I know the next time they come they will be over 45.  

My 3" circle punch is getting a great workout!  

I love to see my grands so excited about reading!


Debbie said...

When I first left the classroom and lamented on day about missing all the fun of teaching, someone told me that I would always be able to be a teacher as long as I was a mother. It's so good to know that the same applies if I'm a grandmother too.

This is adorable to me and so full of ideas. You have very blessed little kids around your place!

Jen S. said...

What a fun post! I always love reading about all the fun, super creative things you do! The kids are surely having a blast with everything...and learning so much in the process! Everything is just so cute...I sure got a kick out of the grape and strawberry caterpillar! :)
The Elementary School where I worked had a treasure box in the office. If a child did something really nice or good, or had a birthday, they got to pick something from the treasure box. They loved it!

The Martys said...

Adorable!! Love the caterpillar fruit. I will be doing that next week. They sure have been busy. Can't wait to see the wall in person. (your mantle is very cute)

Unknown said...

WOW! This is an absolutely amazing idea, and I'm completely blown away by your creativity. Those are some adorable and lucky kids! Thanks for taking the time to stop by Sixteen Fourteen and leaving a comment; I really appreciate it. :-)


jessica said...

The kids are going to have so much fun doing this! You're such a great Gma!!

TLEB said...

I am loving this this summer! It's really getting the kids even more excited about reading-I'll take that any day!! You always make everything very special for the kids!