Thanks to our Helen Doron teacher we have 2 really easy-to-use droppers we put in use as soon as we got them. I took out some cotton pads, coloured some water with food colouring in… More
It would be so nice if I could connect all the books to the season, a topic we talk about a lot, to the month or some special days. Well, I can’t really. So the books are mostly random, though I really try my best to select them according to the girls’ interests. Not always with success.
What’s more, our reading time has decreased as kindergarten has started for E. and the mornings are really busy and in a rush most of the times. In the evenings we have little time together so I don’t read that much after dinner, we rather play a little more.
E. is getting bored with L.’s “baby books” so I read her books separately in bed as her bedtime story or in the mornings when she cannot be woken up by anything else but a story. When I read for her little sister, E. brushes her teeth or watches Alphablocks on youtube.
So here are the books for a 21-month old toddler (1st list) and a 5 year old kindergartener (2nd list). (E.’s favourite, L.’s favourite, both loved it)
- Kittens and Puppies (Touch-Feel-Hear)
Well, this touchy-feely noisy book is boring. The girls looked at it 2-3 times but weren’t interested at all, although they usually enjoy noisy books. I’ve put it in the “for sale” box.
- Wait and See by Sue Heap
A nice autumn board book with animals who wait with the bear under a tree. What are they waiting for? I don’t want to spoil the surprise. E. liked this book and joined us whenever I read it for L.
- Happy Birthday, Pookie by Sandra Boynton
A cute but a little lame board book about a birthday piggy. L. loved it so much she asked the book by the piggy’s name, Pookie, which sounds like passing wind in Hungarian and we always thought she needed to go to the potty to poo.
- Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton
A really nice bedtime book about pajamas, brushing teeth, and having fun throughout the bedtime routine.
- Hug by Jez Alborough
Both of my girls liked this short classic about a little monkey who badly needs his Mommy’s hug. Mind you, there are no other words in the book but “hug” and you need to put the story into words. I really like these kind of books as you can say as much as you want; either going into small details or just run through it.
- Does the kangaroo have a mother, too by Eric Carl
A beautifully illustrated book by the famous Eric Carl about animals, young ones and adults. Look into it in this video. E. really loved what mother, father and baby animals are called (there’s a list at the end of the book). There were some surprises.
- Jungle Tales by Kay Widdowson
A brightly illustrated book about jungle animals. As for me I found it too bright. The kids did not enjoy it as much as the other books on this list. The fascinating thing is that the book pages are not rectangular but rather irregular in shapes. Each page has a hole so kids can peep through to the next page. I bought this book as L. find flamingos funny but not in this book.
- Zog by Julia Donaldson
Well I don’t think I need to popularise this book as it IS very popular and well-known both with children and adults. E. liked it although she’s not into dragons, but the storyline of Julia Donaldson’s books always fascinates her (just like me). Surprisingly, we read it only once.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
One of my all time favourite children books is E.’s favouite. I feel over the moon. As it is a chapterbook we didn’t read it at one sitting. I saw her “secretly” reading it at quiet time at the weekends. One evening when we had 3-4 more chapters to read she told me the story until the end. She had the idea to role play the story with plush toys and other props like in case of Room on the broom. The story in short: Three farmes decided to kill the fox that is killing their poultry. But Mr Fox is smarter than them.
- Great Day for Up by Dr. Seuss
This wasn’t the first time we’d read this book by Dr. Seus but I wanted L. to have a look as E. was about 2 when she got Great Day for Up and she loved it. Well, L. wasn’t that interested so I’ll save it for later. E. started basic reading with this book.
- Whales and Dolphins (Usborne Discovery)
This is a gorgeous book about whales and dolphins with real-life photos, all kinds of topics concerning cetaceans like echolocation, swimming long distances, birth-giving, connections with people, being endangered etc. The book includes some internet links where you can listen to whales’ singing for instance.
- The Magic Stone (Read it for yourself)
Originally I wanted E. to read this book on her own but she wanted me to read it. So be it. There’s a lot of repetition in the book that makes it easy for a beginner reader to read it and enjoy it at the same time. At the end we needed to talk about why the woman felt frustrated, why the tramp tricked the woman and so on. E. was evidently puzzled by the story.
Whoops… I left one really important book out. Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett Johnson. E. loooooved it and read it a lot all by herself.
If you’ve read something with you little one(s) recently that you think we would enjoy, please share it in the comment section. Check out the earlier posts about books we’ve been reading:
2017June Book list
2017July Book list
2017August Book list
We wouldn’t have missed this year summer camp at our Helen Doron School. Last year it was a wonderful experience for E., this year she’s been waiting for it with great excitement.
Day 1 – Rex Animal Farm
The more tiring programmes were at the beginning of the week as the kids had more energy. After a short getting to know each other and an English session they headed to Rex Animal farm.
The whole group at the gate of the farm (as you can see they all got a HD hat):
Lots and lots of animals
Some playground time:
The best thing ever happened at the end of the day on the way home:
E.. – Mommy!
M.: – Yes.
E.: – Do you know what happened today?
M.: – What, Sweetie?
E.: – I made a new friend.
It took me quite a while to find out her name and who she was, but ever since the first day they were hanging out together.
Day 2 – Tarzan Park
E. had been waiting for this day a lot. She loves this fun park and she had been there before but had never tried the water playground area. Well, we packed her swimming suit and sunscreen in her backpack. But they started the day with the English session
Water playground – the weather was kind to them
Of course, they had fun on the other playground areas too:
E. did sleep well after the fun-packed day.
Day 3 – Crafts and playground (water bombs, slime)
This day was all about slime, fingerpaint, waterbombs, and fun at the playground apart from the usual English lesson in the morning.
Day 4 – Crafts and ice-chalk
Just like the other days the kids enjoyed themselves mostly in the fresh air. Though they prepared a UFO in the morning (or in the afternoon… I don’t remember. I really need to write the posts when they actually happen.)
I’m not sure if it was this day’s craft or one of the previous days’ but here is the result of some finger painting:
English lesson – preparation for the performance
And playground time where the ice-painting took place with some home-made ice-chalk.
Conversation between E and Zs (the teacher):
Teacher: – Did you like the ice chalk?
Teacher: – How was it?
E: – COLD.
Picnic in the park:
Day 5 – Performance for the parents
Again I’m uncertain whether the kids got their tattoos on the very last day or on another day but here’s E’s Sunny, the Cat. It lasted for almost 3 weeks much to her delight.
And of course the final performance, where the kids showed to their parents what they’d learnt throughout the week (though I’m positive this performance was just a tiny piece of what they’d learnt). They were singing, dancing, creeping like a snail 🙂 and it was evident that they all enjoyed it very very much.
I might add a video soon, so come back and check it out.
The time has come when Little L. started to have great interest in shapes.
She enjoys playing with the shape sorting cube or the Tomy’s shape and colour sorting eggs:
Her favourite shapes (the ones that she can also say):
- crescent moon
- heart (although she always says “szívecske” in Hungarian in the first place)
So I made a shape board for her with some basic shapes and, of course, her favourites.
What you need:
- a bigger piece of cardboard (mine is a side of a big box)
- sticky Velcro
- felt and/or foam sheets
- shape template (if you can’t draw like me)
- black marker
- envelope (optional)
- If you have an elder child, they can also help with the preparation (mine was too busy watching Alphablocks I wouldn’t have disturbed her for all the world.
How to make it:
- I cut out the template shapes printed from the internet.
- I drew the shapes on the cardboard (add strong contours with a thick-tip black marker), then on foam and felt pieces.
- I cut out the shapes from felt and foam.
- I stuck the velcro on the shapes and on the cardboard (in the middle of the shapes).
- I glued an envelope on the back where we can store the shapes when we’re not playing with them.
Ever since I finished it she’s been loving to play with it.
If you want to read about what other shape activities we do or did with E. when she was a little toddler checki it our on the link above.
As I’m writing this post with E. I’ll start with the book I’ve read with her this month (She is 5 years and 3 months old).
(E.’s favourite, L.’s favourite, both loved it)
- Shark-mad Stanley by Griff
It’s a book about a little boy, who loves animals (like E.) and he’s got a gold-fish. But he wants to have a shark too. He compares her goldfish and a shark. What’s his conclusion? Well, read this funny story.
- The Glow in the Dark Book of Space by Nicholas Harris
It’s a general book about space BUT there are pages that you can read in the dark because they glow. The new things she enjoyed the most: moon phases, constellation and how the black hole sucks in a star.
- The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
I don’t think I need to say much about the story as it is a classic. Actually, RD is MY favourite author and I was really anxious to find out if E. would like it or not. And she did like it. I read it to her one morning when she didn’t want to get out of bed. As the story got more exciting she got more and more out of bed.
- Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
A traditional story of a lost child (monkey) looking for her mum. The rhymes are great and the illustrations make the story come true. According to E. the best part is when the butterfly shows the monkey her children and they look very different from their Mommy. (This is the reason why the butterfly shows wrong Mommies to the monkey.)
- Miss! Miss! by Julia Donaldson
A short story of a poor teacher solving problems with a child in school and when she returns home everything starts all over again with her own children.
L. is 20 months old and surprisingly she enjoys books for older children too. Here are the books for her:
- We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen
This was a hit with both kids. They love it and ask for it every day. I’ve trying to read it out in the same way as Michael Rosen reads it out in this youtube video.
- Maisy plays football by Lucy Cousins
Another hit. You’ll know your kids enjoy a book to a great extent if they scream GOAAAAAAL! whenever you just touch the book. (E. can read the book to L. and L. can say the names of the characters: Maisy, Cyril, Eddie, Dotty, Tallulah, Charley.)
- Surprise Surprise! Animals by Jeanette Rowe
There’s a short rhyme on every page, which describes an animal hiding behind a flap. There are 6 animals altogether. Cute! L. can neigh like a horse and say seal and bat and croaks like a frog.
- I love my Mum by Anna Walker
A short story about what fun mommy and baby do together. The pictures are lovely the words on each page are scarce. My daughters favourite page in the book is full of butterflies.
- Feeling great! Just like me! by Jess Stockham
This is also a fold-out flap book like Surprise! Suprise! Animals! but about feelings. The emotions covered are shy, frightened, excited, grumpy, sleepy.
This month we could cover only 5 books for each child as they got really crazy about Maisy and the bear hunt books. And here is a surprise for you. E. is reading Maisy for L. (with a hiccup):
I really need to catch up with Baby L.’s vocabulary for the 19th and 20th months as she is getting closer and closer to her 2nd birthday.
In the 19th month she started babbling A LOT but with more and more resemblance to real words could clearly be noticed:
English expressions Hungarian expressions
pigeon (pronounced as ˈpɪdʒi ) –
sit down –
pushing (the button on the lift) –
– nemakami (I don’t want to)
– nemtud (I don’t know)
– puszi (kiss)
– tessék (here you are)
– bicicli (bicycle)
– azta! (wow)
– choo-choo t(r)ain vonat
– money pínz (pénz)
With the 20th month her utterances were more and more understandable. She started chanting songs in both languages, counting, imitating animal sounds, making her first word combinations, to mention a few of her fantastic speech development. It’s fantastic to see that even her grammar is slowly developing (She can say Mommy’s, E.’s, L.’s or the plural of the Hungarian greeting word sziasztok).
English expressions Hungarian expressions
Sit down, Mommy! –
Sorry (sounds like sorray) bocsi
Hi/Hello szia, szia(sz)tok
mine (from Spot goes to the Circus) enyém
I’m hot, I’m sick (from Doctor duck) –
fall down leesik a maci
– pici (tiny)/ kicsi (small)
– nagy (big)
– pecsét (stamp)
– telcsi (mobile phone)
– Ne sírjál! (Don’t cry)
– kész-passz (finished)
knife (last month’s word) kés (this month word)
– pancsi (bath)
– vacsi (dinner)
– nyaka (his neck)
– fakanál (wooden spoon)
– feldőlt (fall over)
– pukkan (burst)
– nice szíp (szép)
The Hungarian rhymes and songs she is chanting or singing (not perfectly, but it’s recognisable and some words a really clear):
Pont, pont vesszőcske (this was E.’s first Hungarian chant, too)
Boci, boci, tarka (and this was the second)
Hinta, palinta hintázik a tickle, tickle tickle (a little bit of mixing languages)
English rhymes and songs:
Wheels on the bus (she knows the end of the lines, like swish, open and shut, beep-beep, up and down and the last line of each verse: all day loooooong)
1-2-3 I’m L. who are you? (the Helen Doron lesson beginning greeting part)
E. taught her funny words or word combinations in Hungarian like “kicsi pecsét” (small stamp) and “kis próba” (small rehearsal) and they have fun time when L. repeats these expressions.
She is very communicative and social with everyone. She says hello on the street to EVERYone, identifies the people: man, lady, girl, boy, doggie, miaow, pigeon, bus, truck etc. Sometimes it feels she talks from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning till she closes them in the evening.
Sometimes she stops me in whatever I’m doing because she wants to say something. She talks for minimum a minute or two. Here and there I catch a few words but I don’t really understand what she’s talking about. But she’s dead serious about her message. She’s just too cute and loveable.