Saturday, June 29, 2013

Reading with Riggs :: Summer Reading Program Week 4

We finished our fourth week of the Summer Reading Program through the Palmer Public Library. I love our little routine of going to the Library first thing when they open each week on Monday. Riggs really loves it there and it's a great place for him to interact with other kids too. This week we were able to go to Baby Lapsit since we had the week off from Ladies Bible Study while VBS is going at church. It was fun but I can tell Riggs is ready for the older group now. It's crazy to think how much he's changed since his first time at Baby Lapsit at the Loussac Library in Anchorage.

One thing I've learned during these four weeks of reading new books to Riggs (that we don't have at home) is that he decides almost right away if he likes a book. He'll sit through almost any book being read to him once, but after that if he doesn't like it he'll close the book when you open it and try to read it. And you'll know the books he loves because he'll bring them to you multiple times a day to have them read to him. We keep his library books separate from the rest of the books, and each week there will be one or two from the pile of about five that he likes and wants to have read again to him. This week he liked Going on a Bear Hunt and I am a Bunny (which was funny because they were my favorites too). 

The Summer Reading Program has two different ways to receive stickers and prizes for the younger kids this year. You either need to read ten books (or have them read aloud) or you can check off activities from the list provided in the packet (or both). We try to do some of the activities each week, although some are just a little too advanced for Riggs to do. This week, we made an ABC book, which Riggs had fun coloring. I liked being able to make each page and draw pictures of things that I know Riggs would get excited about. His favorite page of all was "g", because I drew a picture of Goose from Duck and Goose - Goose Needs a Hug (his favorite book of all time). I am a horrible 'artist' but I tried really hard to make the pictures at least recognizable...ha. I actually really enjoyed making it and it brought back good memories from childhood - I loved to draw and trace things.  

Also Riggs received his second book from Imagination Library this week. We received one at our old house but then we moved and never got any more even though we had our mail forwarded. I kept forgetting to look into it and then about two months ago they finally sent us an email saying that the Post Office wouldn't forward the books and that since we moved we need to reregister with the Palmer program. I'm glad we're signed up again and that Riggs will be getting some more good books to read. His second book was the Little Engine that Could, and he is mesmerized by the pictures. He loves that book! 

Week Four - 12 books
1. Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
2. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Annie Kubler
3. Winnie-The-Pooh's Colors by A.A. Milne
4. Curious George's ABCs by E.L. Rey
5. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
6. I am a Bunny by Richard Scary
7. It's a Little Book by Lane Smith
8. We're Going on a Bearhunt by Michael Rosen
9. In the Garden with Van Gogh by Julie Merberg
10. Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz
11. My First Songs by Tommy dePaola
12. Curious George Are You Curious? by E. L. Rey

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