Crystal from Preston (and Lewis) | April 15, 2020
Hi, everyone! We’re sure missing your bright smiling faces at your local Idea Exchange!
How are you filling the hours at home while social distancing? At my house we’ve been trying to stay busy with backyard play, building challenges, art supplies and of course lots of reading! Still, there are so many hours in a day and sometimes my voice starts to strain and my enthusiasm begins to dip. Luckily, TumbleBooks is here to the rescue and you'll quickly discover that this valuable resource is about so much more than books and reading.
Your Idea Exchange membership gives you access to TumbleBooks which includes award winning story books, favourite authors like Robert Munsch, new and familiar sing-a-longs and graphic novels to entertain as well as non-fiction options, content review quizzes, lesson plans, book reports and memory games to mix in some academic ventures.
My son Lewis and I started by reading one of my childhood favourites that I was happy to find, Big or Little by Kathy Stinson and Robin Baird Lewis. Lewis liked that he could chose to either have the story read on auto or change it to manual so that he could really absorb pictures or ask questions and make real-life comparisons.
Next, we tried the associated game where the reader selects a picture to match a sentence from the book. This is a great way to review story comprehension and can be scaffolded for pre-readers by clicking on the text to hear it read aloud.
For a simple extension we discussed situations that make us feel either big or little, beginning with some in the book. This is a great opportunity to connect to and learn about one another. I found out that Lewis feels big when he goes to school, but feels little when he visits the pool for swimming lessons.
We wanted to read more about opposites. A simple search in TumbleBooks took us to Bad for Them, Good for Me, a sweet story that discusses opposites and how the same things may in fact be opposites depending on the situation and your relation to it. The attached lesson plan provided us some great resources for reviewing and practicing opposites as well.
One of the easiest opposites for preschoolers to grasp are the big and little counterparts. If you’re just starting opposites try reading Chicken Big, a hilarious story that provides many opportunities to discuss big and little with funny pictures too!
Another thing that makes kids feel big is when they’re trusted to complete tasks independently. With this in mind we listened to a Tumble Tune, Wash Your Hands. Music can help us easily remember instructions through catchy melodies and beats—he’s already humming the tune as he scrubs the fronts and the backs and the in-betweens.
Grab your device and start exploring at www.ideaexchange.org and be sure to let us know what you love about Tumble Books below in the comments.