2 A Day for 2 Weeks

I wrote about 5 A day a couple of years ago...

'Books that is, not fruit and veg! This is something we did at my old school in Year 1. Basically you choose 5 books with predictable text and repetitive word patterns for your toddler and read the same 5 books each day for a week or so. The idea is that the child will be able to retell the stories as they have learnt them off by heart. If you type in 5 A Day to Google, you just get a list of sites about healthy eating! After much searching I came across The Imagination Tree a brilliant pre-school blog jam packed full of amazing ideas and themed 5 a Day book lists.'

I started my childminding business and took on 3 babies and lost my way with the 5 a day. As I look after children who come for one or two days a week only, the 5 a day isn't really possible, so I am adapting it and sharing the same 2 books each day for 2 weeks. That way, it is more manageable and the children I look after will have access to these 2 books more than once. I have been inspired by the article  which says, "A favourite book read over and over again trumps the mini-library of children's books found in some British households. As the saying goes, less is more."

Last week we read 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?'  by Bill Martin Jnr and Eric Carle and 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. We have acted out the Bear Hunt and used puppets. We looked at You Tube videos of the author reading his poem and songs inspired by the story performed by children in schools. We made up our own song based on Brown Bear. 

For the next 2 weeks we are going to read 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and 'One Mole Digging A Hole' by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt.

Some ideas for these stories:

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