Sunday, September 7, 2008

Book of the day

Monday's book of the day is one of my favorites as a child. It has now become a favorite book of greenbean's. These lessons are meant to be fun and educational, but also to teach your child to develop a love for reading. I have found that by having related projects throughout the day with a theme, my daughter retains much more. So give Monday's book of the day a try and see how your little one responds.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joff Numeroff

Activity #1 Bake cookies and enjoy with a glass of milk. This recipe is a favorite of ours and healthier than chocolate chip so you don't have to feel guilty giving them to you little one, even for breakfast. This recipe is huge, but they freeze very well for up to six months. One batch lasts us quite a while.

Breakfast cookies:
2 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
5 oz baby food prune puree
2 Tbsp water
5 egg whites (I use three eggs usually and they turn out fine)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (about 7)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I line cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Mix all dry ingredients together, then mix in wet ingredients, then fruit and nuts last. Roll dough into golf ball-sized pieces and flatten with a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Activity #2 Draw a picture with crayons of your family like the mouse did or draw a picture of a mouse, and hang it on the fridge.

Activity #3 Trace letters to spell words from the book like mouse, cookie, milk, draw, clean, etc. You can customize your own printable tracing worksheets here.

Activity #4 Visit a pet store or read facts here to learn more about mice.

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