Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Quiet Book and The Loud Book: Activity Adventures

Welcome back young reading adventurers. 

The Queen here with some LOUD and quiet activities to get you out of the summer hum-drums and ready for Back To School.

On Monday, we introduced Deborah Underwood's two books, The Loud Book and The Quiet Book, illustrated by Renata Liwska.

First off, lets discuss times when it's fun to be loud. What times do you enjoy a bit of loudness?
The play ground or park?
The water park? Especially if you live in my area down south.
A sporting event?
A birthday party?
What else can you think of?

How about those quiet times?
The library and reading?
The movies?
The doctor's office? Yuck.
When else? What are some of your most fun quiet games?

Leave a comment. I'd love to know!

Get Your Cameras or Sketch Pads out:
Illustrator Renata Liwska began all her loud and quiet pictures in her mole-skinned sketch book.

Here's an activity you can do this week. Take your camera, if you have one. If not, that's all right. Take your sketch pad. You don't have to be artistic. You are documenting all the loud and quiet moments you experience this week. Come the weekend, print all the Loud and Quiet times photos or use the sketches from your notebook. Create a paper book by folding 4-5 sheets of blank paper in half and stapling them in the middle. Arrange your best pictures, one on each page.

Author Deborah Underwood said she came up with the idea for the Quiet Book while waiting for a concert to start. Using the pictures you collected into the book, describe the quiet and loud times you experienced this week.

This part depends on age levels. All can do it. Smallest children can write one word, either what they were doing, or how that time made them feel. Was the loud time a parade? Write Parade. Or write a word about how it made you feel. Happy. Excited. Parents can help little ones by writing the word in a yellow highlighter and letting the child trace the letters. This is the beginning stages of letting writing.

For older children, write a short paragraph about what was going on. Use adjectives for loud and quiet. Was there lots of booming noises at the parade? Or the splashing of a water park. The screaming of people on rides. Get my drift? What kind of noises did you hear during the quiet times? A clock ticking off the time until you could put the book down and go back out to play? Or maybe someone eating popcorn at the movies.

Be descriptive.
Have fun with making your own Loud and Quiet books.

Make your own musical instruments.

Drums out of coffee cans or other containers.
Shakers from plastic bottles filled with rice or beans.
Guitars made form tissue boxes wrapped with rubber bands.

Have fun. Decorate them with paint, stickers or markers. Then get together as a family and play a few tunes.

Come back Friday for the Author's Arena to learn more about the author of these books, Deborah Underwood, and Illustrator, Renata Liwska.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

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