Saturday, September 3, 2016

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Join the 2016-2017 Virtual Book Club!

A few years ago I came across the Virtual Book Club, and I fell in love! We joined in sporadically as time permitted, and had a great time. Last year, I was lucky enough to be part of the hosting team, and our preschoolers loved it even more because it was a regular activity they looked forward to. This year, I'm hosting again, but there is a super exciting new change: it is now a weekly book club event!!

The same brilliant ladies are organizing the Virtual Book Club for Kids: Kristina at Toddler Approved, Kim at The Educator's Spin On It, and Cerys at Rainy Day Mum.  In addition, a wonderful team of co-hosts will be posting regular activities every Monday to go with each week's book.

I am so in love with this because it is exactly how we run our preschool time anyway! We focus on a book or two for a week, and enjoy lots of themed activities that tie into that book. I even have a whole preschool curriculum organized by themed book activities! When I found out the VBC was switching to weekly, I was thrilled! We will be hosting an activity almost every Monday right here!

So, how exactly does the Virtual Book Club for Kids work?  Here's a quick summary:

1- On Monday, (starting Sept. 12th) all the VBC hosts will put up an activity that relates to that week's book. The activities will also be shared in the Virtual Book Club Facebook Group. {You can pop over and join now...the introductions have already started! Tell them I sent you!}

2- Read the book of the week and do an activity with your kiddos! You can get ideas here, on the other hosts' blogs, or on the Facebook group. We'd love to see a picture of what YOU do too!

That's all! There are lots of ways you can expand it and spend more time with the theme, but reading books and doing book-themed activities with your children is the heart of it all. And connecting with a huge group of book-loving parents and educators is truly delightful!

Every month or two I'll put up a new list of upcoming books so you can plan for them, order them, check them out, etc. Here are the first eight:

{Book titles below are Amazon Affiliate Links:}

Sept 12-   Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss
Theme: Apples

Theme: Friendship

Sept 26-   Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Theme: Leaves

Oct 3-   Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
Theme: Pumpkins

Oct 10-   Little Blue Truck board book by Alice Schertle
Theme: Farms

Oct 17-   The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Theme: Spiders

Oct 24-   Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Theme: Night

Oct 31-   Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Theme: Owls

That's it!!  I would love to see you join in...consider this your personal invitation!!  Pop over to the Virtual Book Club Facebook Group and say hi!!

By the way, the picture at the top of this post shows eight of the activities we did last year for the Virtual Book Club! I'll share them here again in case you didn't get a chance to see them!  Starting with the top left image in the collage, and working around clockwise:

1- Read Llama, Llama, Red Pajama and play a Hidden Numbers Blanket Game!
2- Read Corduroy and create a Fine Motor Button Sensory Bin!
3- Read The Little Engine That Could and give your kiddos a Gross Motor Train Challenge!
4- Read The Rainbow Fish and mix up this Colorful Experiment!
5- Read Goldilocks and the 3 Dinosaurs and pull out this Dinosaur Ice Excavation!
6- Read Pinkalicious and explore this Color Mixing Activity!
7- Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and make this Brown Bear Slime!
8- Read Where the Wild Things Are and have fun with this Wild Things Monster Scented Play Dough!

See you soon!!

Happy Educating,

I may share at any of these parties!

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