Mercer Mayer Stories

Where would we be without our stories. Mercer Mayer helps us with that by keeping us fillled with lots of stories and mayhem in her series of ” Little Critter Books” with the main character, Little Critter. Little Critter is always forgetting something like on rainy days he remembers his rain coat,but forgets his rain boots and on school days he gets to school on time but forgets his lunch box. Besides “I Forgot” there are others like “I Was So Mad” and”Just Go To Bed” We all have days like Little Critter. He doesn’t know quite how to get through his day yet. There are lots of great illustrations and pictures to follow Little Critter and help him to remember. These books are great for reading to your children and teaching them how to help Little Critter, so they can apply it to their everyday needs.


Writing With Children

I have found this book about writing poetry to be very educational. The kids enjoy it as well, which makes it even better. Writing Poetry opens up the childrens mind and imagination. It allows then to create and express their thoughts and feelings. Ideas provided for displaying and sharing student poetry include display boards, charts and banners, a newsletter, a program for a poetry reading, and a portfolio – each with complete instructions and, where needed, reproducible templates. The children are very entertained with this activity book. I recommend it highly.

Newly revised and expanded, Writing Poetry with Children makes it easy to teach these poetry forms: couplets, cinquain, haiku, limericks, shape poems, and acrostic poems. You get more than 30 reproducible writing forms to showcase poems and lots of ideas for interesting ways to display and share student poetry in grades 1-6.

Each poetry lesson provides samples of the poetry form. Step-by-step lessons on three levels of difficulty are provided:

Level 1-students are guided through all the steps to write a poem

Lever 2-students are guided through the first few steps and then complete the poem independently

Level 3-students write independently, following the guides on a “How to” chart and a reproducible step-by-step form.

This three-level approach gives teachers the versatility to meet any student’s needs. Subjects for poems include The Sun, Birds, Rain, A Clown, Bubbles, Kittens, Motorcycle, Cowboy, Space Alien, and many more to which students will readily relate.