Tuesday, May 3, 2011

L is for Lion: A Book Review

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I am an Early Childhood Educator Level 3 (child development supervisor) by profession and currently run my own family daycare. I am also mom to a 4.5 and 2.5 year old, both girls. I love children and have been working with them since I was 12 years old and babysitting on weekends to working in daycare centers and now owning my own home daycare. 

I am always looking out for fantastic resources to help children grow and develop skills they will need for their whole life, but also have fun. One company that provides amazing resources for early childhood educators is Gryphon House and I am once again pleased to introduce you to another great book, L is For Lion and Other Playful Alphabet Fun

About The Book:

Between the Lions is an award-winning PBS KIDS® series that helps children gain literacy skills through games, songs, and stories! Now, with L Is for Lion, parents and teachers can expand on what children love about their favorite show with activities that make learning letters easy and entertaining.

Each letter of the alphabet has two full pages of activities and ideas, including:

  • Foods to enjoy that begin with the letter
  • Games or activities that reinforce the shape or sound of the letter
  • A song, poem, or tongue twister featuring the letter
  • Suggestions of books to read
About The Author:

Between the Lions was created by award-winning producers of high-quality educational children’s television working closely with literacy experts, reading specialists, and teachers from around the country. The curriculum framework is built on a strong foundation of evidence-based research about how children learn to read. Since before the first episode premiered in April 2000, Between the Lions has been the subject of numerous independent research studies assessing the effectiveness of the series in achieving its literacy goals; these studies have all shown that Between the Lions has a significant impact on increasing children’s literacy. Between the Lions is produced by WGBH Boston, Sirius Thinking, Ltd., and Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

My Review:

I am all early literacy advocacy and any activity that gets children learning early literacy skills gets a thumbs up in my books. I have been very blessed with children who love having books read to them and love to learn. This book is a perfect way to learn the alphabet in fun and educational ways.

The sections of the book are divided up by letter, with each letter having two pages of activities. For example, for the Letter C:

1. Eat a C - enjoy the taste of carrots, corn, cantaloupe, cucumbers, cake, cocoa, or any other food beginning with the letter C. Say the name of each food, emphasizing the /k/ sound.

2. Move Like a Cat or a Catepillar - Slink like a cat, with your back curled up and your hands and knees on the floor, or crawl on your belly  like a catepiller.

These are just two of the activities that my children and the daycare have enjoyed from L is for Lion and Other Playful Alphabet Fun.  You can be sure we will be implementing more of the activities throughout our days in the weeks and months ahead.

I highly recommend this book for any Early Childhood Education classroom, Home School program, and early elementary programs. I give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase L is for Lion and Other Playful Alphabet Fun online, through its publisher, Gryphon House.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Gryphon House, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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