Books To Read In Kindergarten

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Alexander and the Terrible, No good, Very Bad Day

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Author: Judith Viorst
Publisher: Atheneum (1972)
Binding: Hardcover, 32 pages
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Recounts the events of a day when everything goes wrong for Alexander.

Questions to talk about with your child: 
What are some of things that happen to Alexander? If these things happened to you, would you be happy or sad? Why?
Have you ever had a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day”? What happened? How did you feel?
How can you tell from the pictures if Alexander is happy or unhappy?
Why does Alexander say he wants to go to Australia?
Fun things to do together: 
After reading the book, have your child “retell” the story using the pictures only. Talk about whether the story is different or close to the story the words tell.
Have your child draw a picture of a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day”. Discuss what things might happen that would make your child feel badly. Talk about things your child could do to feel better.
Find Australia on a map and compare its location to where you live and how a person might travel to get there. Locate the equator on a world map and talk about how the seasons are different below and above it. Discuss seasons and what happens in each of them.
Go the library and find information on the different animals that live in Australia. Make a kangaroo, koala or sheep craft from the many craft websites on-line.
Book Skills
New Words (Vocabulary): 
This story offers great examples of different adjectives with the same meaning and is a great vocabulary builder with words like scrunched, almond, cavity, and scolded.
Tell A Story (Narrative Skills): 
The logical, straight-forward sequence of events can easily be retold to practice narrative skills.