Thursday, March 10, 2011

b is for bat

Bat Poster from First School

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

I'd heard of Stellaluna before, but never actually read the book. It's a cute story about a fruit bat who thinks she is a bird. I was a little worried that the story would be too long for Jonathan. He did wander off and play as I read the story, but I would notice him looking up and listening as he played.

We also listened/watched the story for free at Storyline Online while we did our bat craft. I think this helped him engage in the story even more. It will definitely be one we refer to again.

Bat Jamboree by Kathy Appelt

This is a book that focuses on counting, number patterns and addition.  Every year
55 bats put on a show. The book is fun, quick paced and gave us good practice for counting 1-10. Jonathan really focused in on this book, and we had fun counting the bats. There are two additional books in the series Bat Parade (multiplication) and Bats Around the Clock (time). This was a great toddler friendly book that will be useful for many years as we eventually move from counting to addition.


We made a bat using Jonathan's handprints (an idea inspired by No Time for Flashcards). I traced Jonathan's hands onto brown paper, cut them out and then let him glue the hand prints onto purple construction paper. I made a face and then had Jonathan put star stickers on the page to represent the night sky. He's really enjoying using glue and stickers lately, so this was a hit!

 I don't have a picture of the process, but here's the end result:

Library Links

Bat Jamboree

Web Resources 

B is for Bat @ First School
B is for Bat @ Musings of Me
B is for Bat @ Almost Unschoolers
Bat Math Activities @ Mathwire
Bat Craft & Song @ No Time For Flashcards
Bat Game @ Almost Unschoolers
Stellaluna Resources @ Homeschoolshare

1 comment:

Mandy said...

love the handprint bat! glad you are finding inspiration on my blog....looks like you have some great stuff going too!

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