Book of the week: Things that Go
This book, by Richard Scarry, is a classic and is our book of the week for so many reasons.
1. Good-bye summer- This is our last book of the week for August. When you read the next book of the week, it will be after Labor Day Weekend, the official end of summer. Summer, you sure have been fun. Cars and Things that Go by Richard Scarry is a perfect fit for our month long journey of travel. This book is a great pick for any road trips this Labor Day weekend.
2. Non-fiction- When I was little, we spent a lot of time in school reading and writing literature. These days, there is a big push to change that focus and teach students to read and write more non-fiction. The basis for this change came from a closer look at what literate adults do throughout their every day lives. If you make a list of the things you read and write every day, you will notice that the majority of it is some form of non-fiction. You write lists, real notes to yourself, read the newspaper or magazine, signs on the streets. These all fall more into the category of non-fiction text. In school, your child will be exposed to writing reports, writing instructions, writing personal narratives of real events, and more. All month, we have given you fiction books about characters traveling and journeying. This week, we bring you Richard Scarry’s book; a non-fiction book of things that go.
3.Interest through the ages- The theme of learning about transportation seems to transcend many years of a young child’s life. Children of many ages are interested about cars, trucks, subways, and other means of travel. I have taught a transportation unit in school as early as pre-school, and will be teaching a more in depth (historical, cultural, geographical) version of the transportation unit this year in 2nd grade. This book will be a staple in your home for years!!!
We look forward to giving you more books of the week next month!!!