Teachers and Parents: This is the second in a series I will be posting especially for you. Over the course of the next few weeks, and in celebration of the release of the board book edition of GOODNIGHT, MANGER, I will be posting several book-linked activities for you to enjoy with your children.
Going on a PATTERN Hunt (Plus a Craft):
A GOODNIGHT, MANGER Extension Activity for Pre-Readers
Seeing and recognizing patterns are important skills for pre-readers. They lay the ground work for understanding words and stories. With that in mind, here are some fun pattern-related activities you and your child might enjoy after reading “Goodnight, Manger”.
Picture Patterns: Each page of “Goodnight, Manger” is full of colors and patterns. Colors alternate to form stripes. Shapes are repeated (ex: stars, squares, dots, rectangles, milk splashes, palm fronds). As you explore Jane’s wonderful illustrations, see how many visual patterns you and your child can find. Afterwards, grab crayons and paper and make your own patterned star ornaments. (See sample below). Or go on a pattern hunt around your house looking for fun visual patterns in curtains, plants, tiles etc.
Text Patterns: The text, too, is patterned visually. Pre-readers might enjoy examining the lay out of words. With your child, notice how the text is clumped into verses. Count how many lines are in each verse (four) and note that this is a repeating pattern throughout the story.
Sound Patterns: When you read the story aloud you’ll note that the sounds of the words form their own patterns as well. With your child, listen for sound patterns. Each verse contains rhyming words at the end of the 2nd and 4th lines (ex: fed/bed, itches/twitches). There are also words that repeat one right after the other (ex: No! No! No! and tap, tap, tap). After exploring different sound patterns, you and your child might enjoy making a game of creating your own sound patterns using rhyme and repetition.
EXTRA FUN: Celebrate the joy of Christmas and reinforce the fun of patterns with this simple craft.
1. Cut a simple star shape from stiff paper.
2. Review different pattern options with your child – ex. stars, stripes, dots, swirls, etc.
3. Using pencil, have your child lightly outline the patterns on the ornament, using Jane Chapman’s delightful illustrations as inspiration. Then, using markers or crayons, color it in!
4. Tape a yarn or ribbon loop to the back. Then, hang your pretty patterned star on a door nob or on the Christmas tree.