One of my favorite books to read to children is From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. In the book, children read animal movements and then try them out for theselves. Eric Carle writes, “I am a penguin and I turn my head. Can you do it? I can do it!”
The book is simple, repetitive, interactive, and fun for children as they listen and act out the different animals. One of the many reasons I love the book is because it is so easy to modify for difficult subjects and ability levels.
For Language Arts
For a Language Arts application, have children create their own story. Children can draw their own pictures and make up their own words. Additionally, at Sight and Sound Reading, we have our own story we created called “Monkey See, Monkey Do!” I have included this story in your packet. You can read, act out, and color this story as well!
If you child loves to sing, follow along in your book with this cute sing-a-long.
By counting and writing out the number of animals in the book, you can insert an easy math activity. We also count the number of legs on each animal. If the child is able, you can have the child add together the legs of all the animals.
For Science, you can teach the children the difference between wild and tame animals. Students can then decide if each animal in the story is wild or tame. The students can pick an animal to study and then draw a picture of the animal and write 3 facts about the animal.
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (at Amazon)
I also love this book because I can use it to help teach Spanish to my children. I modify this book for my third grader by reading the book in Spanish to her. And, what is really fun is teaching the children the different sounds that an animal makes in Spanish. Did you know that animals speak Spanish too? Children always get a big kick out this and have fun pretending to be an animal who speaks Spanish!
Teach the children about how the animals were cared for on Noah’s Ark. Read the story of Noah and discuss what God asked Noah to do, and how Noah obeyed God.
If you love to put crafts together during a unit study, here are some fun ideas that would work well.
- Paper Cup Penguin from The Seasoned Mom
- Printable Giraffe Craft from Learn Create Love
- Buffalo Collage from TSLAC
- Printable Monkey Mask from Craft Jr.
- Black Cat Craft from Crafts by Amanda
- Crocodile Coloring Pages from Printable Colouring Pages
- Handprint Camel from Click a Craft
- Paper Bag Donkey from Mess for Less
- Elephant Mask from Cheap Crafty Mama
From Head to Toe Printable Pack
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Meeghan (Karle) Mousaw has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Special Education from Assumption College. She re-discovered her mother’s reading program when trying to teach her daughter to read. She was amazed at how easy it was to teach her, and she loved that her daughter asked to practice reading every day. Immediately she knew it would be great for ALL children, especially those who struggle to learn to read. She was inspired to help her mother reach more children with her program.
Meeghan is married and has five children. Aside from spending time with her family, she loves supporting her alma mater by attending the University of Notre Dame athletic events.
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