Archive for the ‘Preschool Read Alouds’ Category

The Quiltmaker’s Gift, A House for Hermit Crab

Monday, October 27th, 2014

We enjoyed reading one of my favorite books, The Quiltmaker’s Gift and each day we read the book, Arjun added a paper patch to his paper quilt.  We did try to convince him that each time he is good and kind, his grandmother will add a “good behavior patch” to his quilt and make him a real quilt.  It worked for maybe 2 patches and then he decided that he doesn’t need a quilt at all.  I was so disappointed as I really thought it to be a great idea but it didn’t work with him.  We did eat berries and honey like the bear in the book.

After this book, we enjoyed reading A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.  Kids made crabs and then we went to PetSmart to look at the real hermit crab.  I got the idea for paper plate crab from the Internet.

We used this story to learn the names of the months and also, we tried to memorize the sequence of the story.


I downloaded the House for Hermit Crab printable and we worked with most of them.  Arjun loves working with worksheets.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.  After reading the story we ate berries and honey.  Also, I made an edible bear for Arjun using crackers, olives, raisins and fruit loops.  Kabir made his own edible bear including grass (olives), river (blue fruit loops), mud (brown mushed bread), forest (olives), snowstorm (almonds) and cave (meatballs).

I printed out printables from Homeschool Creations.  We enjoyed playing the game based on this book.

Arjun did a good job sequencing the events.


The most memorable moment was to act out the entire book using props.

Then, we went back to:

We’re not going on a bear hunt!

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

If you have never read Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina, I suggest you do.  It’s a very cute book for children.

At first, Arjun was reluctant to act as the peddler in the book.  So, I had to recruit Kabir.  His enthusiasm inspired Arjun and they together enjoyed acting out peddler and monkey from this book.

Both of them enjoyed playing the game “Monkey see, Monkey do”.  Also, we did a little math and art and craft projects to go along with this book.

The Story about Ping

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Arjun and I enjoyed reading “The Story about Ping”.  I think, Arjun’s favorite part of the story was the word “Spank” as he enjoyed spanking me on my back as a joke each time the word was read.

As far as activities are concerned, I downloaded and we worked with preschool printable pack for “The Story about Ping”.

We ate rice cakes.  Basically, I mixed sugar with brown rice and made rice ball.  It worked as rice cake for us.


We made duck shaped Jello and kids loved it.


We went to Ballard park and fed bread to the ducks.


We did the “float or sink” experiment.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

After reading Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, we watched the movie.  We watched Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 because I couldn’t find part I.  Kids didn’t mind it at all because some movie is better than none!

Also, we ate pancakes.  One afternoon kids made boats with their bread, almond butter and jam.  They used blueberries to represent the sea.  Of course, both of them really enjoyed their lunch!

Then we made a few raindrops with all the food that Arjun will like to fall from the sky.  He loved doing this.


Also, Arjun did some coloring.