ABC Blogging – Week 11
If I can count properly we are at week 11. I am still enjoying the challenge of finding new books each week to share with you. It has been a lot of fun to be a part of the ABC Blogging challenge yet again.
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ABC Blogging – K is for Katy
As I was trying to decide which book to pick for this week I realized that all three that were under consideration all had something in common. They all featured Katy as the main character and that the name was the first word of the title . I couldn’t decide which one to choose so I have decided to feature all three books this week.
The first book is no longer in print as a far as I can tell. This book was one my favorites when I was little and I found it last week when I was helping my daughter do some cleaning in her room. It is “Katy Did” by Jean Conder Soule and was illustrated by Aliki. It was originally published in 1962. For some reason in 1972 the book was republished under the name “Katy’s First Day”. It tells the story of a little girl and her friends who are starting their first day of school. When the book was written it was to reflect the first day of Kindergarten but the activities in the book are more representative now of what you would find in a Preschool class for 4 year olds. In our area VPK. Katy is very unsure about her first day of school and mom has included a little surprise in her pocket. She spends the first part of the day being up set. But the teacher slowly draws her into the fun and by the end of the day she has had a good time. On the way home she finds the surprise in her pocket. It also points out that much of what Katy Did at school was similar to activities she already did at home. It is a cute story and fun to read if you can find a copy. Of course I noticed that the edition I have is on sale for $39.00 used on Amazon. I wouldn’t part with mine but it was fun to see what a high price tag it had.
The second book is “Katy and the Big Snow” by Virginia Lee Burton. Like all of the Burton books this one gives life to an unlikely character a Katy. She is at her best when fitted with her snow plow. This book is one of the books used in Five in a Row but we used it when did a unit study to prepare for our family trip to Norway. Hannah was five at the time and she loved the story and tracking all the places Katy had been. Even the boys enjoyed the story. I used one of the Hands of A Child lapbook units in our study Katy’s Big Snow Day. You can also find lots of ideas on Pinterest as well.
I used “Katy and the Big Snow” this year in my VPK classroom when we studied the winter and snow. One of the activities I included after reading the story was to put shaving cream in our sensory table and giving them little plastic tractors with plows to move the “snow” just like Katy. This was a big hit in the classroom.
The third and final entry this week is “Katy No-Pocket” by Emmy Payne and illustrated by H. A. Rey. This one tells the story of a kangaroo that is lacking one vital thing a pocket. A friendly carpenter comes to the rescue with a clever apron with a pocket. I haven’t done more than read this story to my children but others have done a lot more with it. It is a part of the Before Five in a Row books list as well. Homeschool Share has a PDF download of printables that can be used when reading the book for Katy No-Pocket. And of course once again Pinterest is a good source of ideas. A simple idea is having an apron with a pocket for your own child to enjoy.
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