Hello Bookieboo Crew! Apologies the November Parent Guide activities post was delayed – I’m not very tech savvy and thought it was already uploaded! Some kind of error occurred and I didn’t realise until today…! Sorry! Up and down, big and small, wrong and… that’s right – this month’s theme is Opposites!

Starting with the Bitty Box, we had two sturdy board books – Give & Take, and Hot Dog, Cold Dog.

Give and Take

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • To play this game of opposites, press out a shape on each spread and turn the page to complete a new picture. When you reach the end, play your way back to the beginning!
  • Play your own game of opposites around the house! Explore ‘on’ and ‘off’ with the light switch, ‘open’ and ‘close’ with the cupboard, and ‘lock’ and ‘unlock’ with the front door. How many pairs of opposites can you find?

Hot Dog Cold Dog

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Hot Dog, Cold Dog is full of funny opposite dog pairs! See if you can act like the dogs in the book – can you pretend to be a new dog and then try to be an old dog? Can you walk like a slow dog and then run fast like a go go go dog?
  • To help develop reading comprehension, ask lots of questions. e.g., how are the clothes the cold dog is wearing different to the hot dog? Where do you think the dog is digging to?
  • Download the Opposites Game matching activity here: A Game of Opposites! Find the opposite pictures and draw a line to connect them.

Next up is our Biggie Box. In this month’s box we had two gorgeous hardcover books: Double Take: A New Look at Opposites and Near, Far.

Double take

Language Concepts:

Double Take: A New Look at Opposites will introduce your child to rhyming lines and lots of new vocabulary! For new readers, read a line to your child and ask them to repeat it. Explain what rhyming is and see if they can think of other words that rhymes (e.g., what rhymes with cat?). For more comfortable readers, ask them to choose a word they don’t recognise (e.g., hazy, flexing, reflection) and try to figure out what it means using context clues and the pictures.

Discussion Topics:

  • Before reading the story – what do you think it might be about? Do you know what opposites are?
  • “What is above and what is below? The answer depends on who wants to know.” What does this mean? E.g., A plane is above your head, and the sun is above that. Both are above you, but the plane is below the sun.
  • All the opposite words in this book are in capital letters. Can you go back through the book to find them all? Talk about each word and see if you can think of its opposite.

Hands-On Activities:

  • Play your own game of opposites around the house! How many pairs of opposites can you find? Some examples might be ‘on’ and ‘off’ with the light switch, ‘open’ and ‘close’ with the cupboard, and ‘lock’ and ‘unlock’ with the front door.
  • Practice with opposites by downloading our fill in the blank game here: Opposites- Fill in the blanks

Near Far

Language Concepts:

With its wordless format, Near, Far encourages the reader to use the illustrations and sequencing to form the narrative – meaning that children of all ages can ‘read’ this book! With no words to signal when the page should be turned, children also study the details in each page more fully and decide when it’s time to move forward. When exploring Near, Far, prompt your child to guess what the next picture will reveal.

Discussion Topics:

  • Before you start reading, ask your child what they think the book might be about. What do they think the picture on the front cover could be? (For a hint, look at the back cover!)
  • After reading – was it tricky to figure out what each animal was? Did you guess any before the final reveal?

Hands-On Activities:

  • Make your own drawing using the animal cards here: Animal Cards. Simply choose a picture, stick it on a piece of paper and see if you can make a drawing around it!
  • Now that you know what animal each of the pictures in the book are, go back and use your imagination to think of other ideas for what each picture could be.
  • Explore the concepts of ‘near’ and ‘far’ by combining opposites with movement! Put a hoola hoop in the middle of a room and get as ‘near’ to it as possible – maybe even standing in the centre of it. Then jump away and get as ‘far’ as you can. Think of all the different ways (e.g., jumping, hopping, sliding, skipping) that you can get near to and far away from the hoola hoop.

Our Family Box included 1 book from our Bitty Box and 1 from our Biggie Box. This month’s books were Hot Dog, Cold Dog and Double Take: A New Look at Opposites.

That’s it for November! Orders are still open for our December ‘The Magic of Friendship’ boxes – numbers are limited, so get in quick for Christmas!

xx Karly
Owner, Bookieboo


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