This week my eldest son turned 5. Even one hour seems like a long time to him if he really wants something. Alva Sachs' book "I'm 5" captures the anticipation of childhood perfectly - and provides parents with an opportunity to teach share with their children all about patience
Book for Children Ages: 3 to 7 years old
- What did Julie learn about waiting for something? Do you think it was easy or hard?
- Name some things that Julie did to help be patient while waiting for school to start. What things do you like to do when you are waiting?
- Jenna found a way to help Julie wait. What kinds of things do you do to help other people in your family? Other than waiting, what things do your mom and dad or siblings need help with?
Activities for Kids:
- Make your own wall calendar for your child's wall. Using a piece of paper, draw out a grid with enough spaces for each day of the month. Together you can write in the name of the month, the days of the week, and the numbers of the days. This is a great skill building activity that helps with basic math, language, and communication skills. Then let your child decorate with whatever you have on hand (stickers, paper and glue, markers, etc.)
- Think of as many outside games to play as you can. Which one do you like best?
- Teach your child some good waiting games such as "I Spy," looking for all the letters of the alphabet, or finger plays and nursery rhymes. These are great to keep in mind to play with your child when you are waiting in line, at the doctor's office, etc.
Cultural Diversity: As usual, this children's book is full of diverse children and families playing and working together.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book*