Posts

Showing posts with the label Picture Books

Umbrella Day | JOY for Today

Image
Happiness is happening to have an umbrella when it rains. JOY is holding an umbrella big enough to share with another. National Umbrella Day | February 10th Annually JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five facts about umbrellas. Wolfe Stew Connects  To the importance of umbrellas. Bible Verses and Quotes  About umbrellas, coverings, and protection. Activity Suggestions  Art, books, weather, discussion questions, and family challenge. UPCOMING HOLIDAYS:   National Inventors' Day (February 11th Annually) Valentine's Day (February 14th Annually) Ash Wednesday (46 Days Before Easter - February 14, 2024) Did You Know: Umbrellas were first used to protect us from the sun? And, as they were a sign of status, only the wealthy got to use them. ( Farmers' Almanac ) They date back 3,000 years?  Evidence of their existence is found in both China, Egypt, and other civilizations from 3,000 years ago. At that time, the covering was feather, leaves, paper, or silk, with the suppo

Cookiesaurus Rex | Wolfe Stew Review

Image
The comical characters, surprising ending, and permeating creativity of this book will charm you and your learner, too! This  Wolfe Stew  Review includes: Target Audience   Recommendations from Wolfe Stew, AR, Lexile, and Amazon . Leader/Learner Descriptions   Notecard sized descriptions to display for learners or file for leaders. Book Details including artwork,   setting,  main characters ,  point of view,  conflicts,  and  themes. Our Favorites  Character, quote, and scene. About the Authors and Illustrator  With cookies! Vocabulary and Comprehension Questions  Five each! Academic Tie-Ins  Cross-curricular activities for classroom use. Websites to Explore  A list of websites related to the book or contributors. Target Audience Anyone who loves eating, making, or even looking at sugar cookies.  Wolfe Stew  recommendations: Read aloud  to children ages 3 to 6  Read independently  for ages 7 to 10. Accelerated Reader  rates its: Independent reading level  at 1.4, or about halfway throu

The Giving Tree | A Wolfe Stew Review

Image
   A classic tale,  The Giving Tree  will endear itself to you with its simple, heartfelt message.  This Wolfe Stew Review includes: Target Audience including Wolfe Stew ,  AR, Lexile, and Amazon recommendations. Leader/Learner Descriptions - Notecard sized descriptions to display for learners or file for leaders. A Look at the Art - A brief peek into the type of art you'll encounter. Setting - Tells you where the story takes place. Main Characters  - Name and introduction to the book's featured characters. Point of View - Identifies the point of view the author uses and how it affects the story. Conflicts - Relates the main conflicts encountered in the book. Themes - List of themes this book explores. Our Favorites - Character, quote, and scene. About the Author - Five fast facts. Academic Tie-Ins - Cross-curricular activities for classroom use. Websites to Explore - A list of websites related to the book or author.   Target Audience If you have a heartbeat, this b

Dinosaur Day | JOY for Today

Image
From an early age our nephew found dinosaurs fascinating. I bet one or two people in your life do too! The intrigue of dinosaurs provides opportunities for imagination, curiosity, and discovery. And, as we explore the secrets God stows in creation, it serves to help us know Him more. What an incredible opportunity for JOY! Dinosaur Day:  May's Third Tuesday AND June 1st Annually JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To dinosaurs. Bible Verses and Quotes  Related to dinosaurs or creation. Activity Suggestions  Dress-up ideas, book list, hands-on paleontology, "Would you rather...", and family challenge.  Upcoming Holidays:   World Turtle Day (May 23rd Annually) and Memorial Day (May's Last Monday)  Did You Know: The longest dinosaur name is micropachycephalosaurus?  This dinosaur name features 23 characters and nine syllables. The name means tiny, thick-headed lizard. It lived in the late cretaceous period and is about 0.5

Autumnal Equinox | JOY for Today

Image
(Updated 3.24.2023) When I lived in a place that had no truly definable seasons, the season I most missed was fall. There's something in the changing air that adds comfort and joy to my life. While change in life is rarely comfortable, it can lead to JOY when you learn where to look for it. Like choosing to embrace the splendor of autumn leaves, finding joy amid change helps shift our perspectives. September 23, 2023 Autumnal Equinox Topics: Did You Know...  Four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  with change. Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by fall. Activity Suggestions  Fall-themed lessons, picture books, and questions. Did You Know: Some people believe catching a leaf as it falls brings good luck? One such belief suggests for every falling leaf you catch, you are destined for one day of good luck. ( Best Life Online ) There really is a distinct fall scent?  Contributors to the smell: dying leaves and cooler air. In addition, the first fall rain smell has its own name: petrich

Calvin Gets the Last Word | A Wolfe Stew Review

Image
    While Calvin may get the last word, you’ll get the last laugh. This book brings you to unexpected places in memorable ways. An engaging involvement in word collection woven into a relatable story. After reading, you’re likely to start thinking of the words you use in a different way. As always, I’ll alert you to potential spoilers with asterisks surrounding the header.   Target Audience Leaders of learners looking to excite vocabulary interest and for anyone who is part of a family.  Wolfe Stew believes this book is a great read aloud option for ages 6 to 8 with independent reading encouraged for 8-10 . Calvin Gets the Last Word  (as of May 5, 2021) does not yet have a Lexile or AR Level . The author’s (Margo Sorenson) website lists it suited for ages 4-9 . Amazon lists it as appropriate for grades 2-6 (approximately ages 7-12 ). Leader/Learner Summaries Print these pictures. Then, display the "learner" card on a suggested reading bulletin board an

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez | A Wolfe Stew Review

Image
(Updated 12/14/2023) The presidential inauguration is right around the corner. Seize the opportunity to inspire your littles to dream BIG. That's what America is about after all: having big dreams and working hard to achieve them. Sofia Valdez shows us all that change is possible. Armed with a goal, determination, and support of loved ones, Sofia Valdez, change maker, will find her way into your heart - as she did mine. As always, I’ll alert you to potential spoilers with asterisks surrounding the header.   Target Audience With rhyming text and illustrations that deepen the narrative, Sofia Valdez is a book to inspire any person with a dream to promote change. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez would be an ideal book to read with your learners if you want to foster belief(s) that: Anyone can do what they want; all that is needed is the drive to get it done. Even kids can have big ideas that move adults into action. All people, even “strong” people, feel fear. We think this