Thursday, January 3, 2008

Books to Read and Products to Try for A-Week

Reading is one of the best ways to explore a new topic, and research shows that reading to your children at an early age, strengthens their vocabulary. So, try to make reading a part of your everyday routine, and since we are going through the alphabet one letter at a time, it is fun to focus on books associated with the week's letter. There are so many books out there that explore things starting with the letter A. Here are a few of our favorites to try with your children this week:


Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitten
"For preschool passengers . . . uses rhyming couplets to wax poetic about air travel . . . A final page labels and describes plane and airport parts."

My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy
This is a great picture book to teach your child the names of various animals along with the sounds they make.

James Balog's Animals A to Z by James Balog
Another great picture book but it also introduces the entire alphabet.

Curious George's First Word at the Aquarium by H.A. and Margaret Rey

The Ocean Book: Aquarium and Seaside Activities and Ideas for All Ages
This one's for kids who are a little older and it includes all kinds of fun activities.

If you don't have the money to purchase new books, you can always make a weekly trip to the library and search for books on the topics for the week. Some of our favorite toys also start with the letter A, so take at look at these great products to try:


The Little People Airplane and Airport

Melissa and Doug is one of our very favorite brands, and this puzzle includes lots of farm animals.

The LeapFrog Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal Set is great for keeping the children entertained while you're busy in the kitchen.

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