I love making book lists.When my little ones began to gear up to preschool, I began thinking of ways to organizing our reading topically. It’s time to plan ahead a little bit. I am working on making a list of subjects to explore together. Now don’t get me wrong. I never forced my toddlers into seat work yet. I never did much “formal” toddler school. Rather, the ideas below have been general ideas to get me started as I began planning for my little one’s formative years. The list of books is great for our co-op’s “Preschool Picture Book Storytime Hour” because it provides a unique focus for exploration in picture books, with maybe a small activity or two, but it works for the youngest in that class (toddlers!).
I already have a gazillion ideas on which books to add to these categories. (I’ve added links when I posted about a subject.)
In no particular order, here are my ideas.
- The moon
- Clouds and the water cycle
- Fairy tales
- Plants in general
- Family (relationships)
- Growing up (learning things)
- Local community helpers
- Safety (fire, chemical, vehicles, etc.)
- Groceries and cooking (where does food come from?)
- Cars and trucks
- Up in the air (airplanes, hot air balloons, birds)
- In the ocean
- Birthdays and babies
- Fall harvests (apples, pumpkins, corn, etc)
- Hibernating animals
- Antarctica and penguins
- World cultures and continents (basic intro)
- Australia and kangaroos
- American symbols
- Farm animals
- Butterflies, bees, and other insects
- Money fun (buying and selling, ownership)
- Ocean animals
- Desert animals
- Rain Forests
- Ancient Egypt and Pyramids
- Pond life (ducks, frogs)
- Earth science (rocks and volcanoes)
- Human body (senses, muscles, bones)
- Computers and electronics
I can’t wait to get started on making these book and activity lists! When I’ve made a list for toddlers, I will come back here and update this list when I can.
What am I missing? I will add to this list. Which book lists would you be most interested in seeing first?
This is a really great list!!