Nonna's Favorite Quotes:

Nonna's Favorite Quotes: "The best way to make children good is to make them happy." — Oscar Wilde, author and poet

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

See How My Garden Grows

Today's post is short story number four. Here's some discussion questions for you to ask after your child reads the story.

  • What kind of things can you grow in a garden?
  • Would you need a large area outside to plant a garden?
  • Can you grow things inside too?
  • What things would you need to plant a garden?
  • What things does a plant need to grow?
  • How long do you think it would take for a tree to grow very tall?

HINT: Combine this reading activity with a science activity. Buy some seeds and help your child plant them outside in their own special garden (it doesn't have to be a large area) or in small pots in the house. Give them the responsibility of caring for the plants. 

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

Here's the third in my series of short story sheets. Here are some discussion questions to ask as your child reads the story.

  • What color are your favorite flowers? 
  • What are wildflowers?
  • What do you think the girl's Mommy did with the flowers she picked for her?
  • What do you think Bob did with his flowers?
  • What might happen if you touch a flower with the bee in it? 
  • Why do bees like flowers?   
To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Monday, July 16, 2012

My Boat Can Float

Here's another short story sheet for you to share with your child. I hope you will print and save this one along with all that will follow.


To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Nat the Cat

I'm in the process of developing a series of "Listen and Learn" online books for beginning readers. These books, along with other reading and math readiness materials, will be available through this blog by subscription. My goal is to have this site up and running by the end of the year.


In the meantime, I'll be posting some short story sheets like "Nat the Cat" below. I'd like to suggest that you save these short stories in a folder, or post them on the refrigerator or bulletin board, so your child will have easy access to them. Children take great pride in their ability to read to you, instead of the other way around. Having these stories readily available will help them do just that.


Note:  I am leaving out quotation marks in these stories so as not to distract the early reader. I'll be adding quotation marks to stories as I develop ones for more advanced readers.


To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bad Case of the Sillies


The definition of absurd is something that is so untrue or impossible that it's funny.  An example of absurd is a child telling a story about a dinosaur eating their homework. Children usually refer to absurd things as being silly.

Here's a fun activity sheet in which your child has to decide what things can really happen and what things are silly.

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

I'd like to wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July. Here's a sheet for your children to color today. I put Ben Franklin on the sheet so you can discuss the meaning of Independence Day


To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture