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Sparks questions and extends learning
on November 19, 2013
On a snowy day children enjoy a day of sledding, snowball fights, making designs in the snow with their footprints, snow angles, and building snowmen until it was time to go home.
Berger’s craft of words and skill with paper collages opens up the village world right from the very first page and takes the reader on a fun filled childhood day of wintertime fun. It is a quick and easy read with few new words to practice. However the unusual children’s names keep my beginning reader interested and gave a sense of mastery. Each collage has a story within itself and sparked ideas for more stories by the reader. My reader wanted to know why there was cursive writing on the pages. When I told him the artist had used recycled paper to make the beautiful pictures, he was amazed that you could make art out of trash. We discussed different colors and types of paper that one could collect for art projects.
The part of the story my reader like the very best was the children sledding on different types of sleds. Before we could put the book on the shelf we had to match the children’s names to the snow angels. That is when we discovered there were more names than angels. Can you discover how many? It sparked math questions and took us on more reading fun. The part my reader did not like is not having a snow angel for each child’s name. I came up with the idea that the reason was because the child went home early and didn't make an angel. My reader was happy with my answer.
A PERFECT DAY is a great resource for the home or school library of children between the ages of two through eight. Some ideas to further extend a young readers learning in Art, Language Arts, Social Studies and Math are to make pictures from old scrapes of paper, draw about their own wintertime fun, discuss if it doesn't snow where you live, what type of winter time fun do you have or go ice skating indoors. Math skills can be enhanced by asking the child how many new things they find on each page and comparing numbers from one page to the next. Are they the same or different?