Happy Birthday Barbara Joosse - February 18
1. Go to Grandma's House.
2. Have Grandma come to our house.
3. Go to a restaurant with Grandma.
4. Play with Grandma.
5. Mario Kart for Wii! (I am a big fan too!)
My children are lucky to have two Grandmas (plus a Great-Grandma, can't forget her) that are active in their lives. One Grandma lives real close and the other two live somewhat close, so we get to see them quite often. Each visit is full of activities, treats, and attention! My mom and mother-in-law would probably have a very similar list of favorite things. I think if you swap the word "Grandma" for the word "grandkids" in the list above and change number five to "Relaxing after the grandkids leave!" it would be about right :)
|My mom reading to my daughter a few years ago.|
I was very interested in Joosse's thoughts on reading to her young granddaughters. It is natural for parents to read board books to their very young children. My 8 month-old son's room has big bookshelf and every book on it is a board book. (He will only let us read a select few to him and the rest are just for chewing!) Joosse was frustrated reading some board books early on because her granddaughter would get fussy during the reading. She experimented by reading books with more text, not just 3 or 4 words per page. She found that the books enjoyed by her granddaughter all had a common element. She calls the common element "musicality" or "playful rhymes and rhythms" that engaged her granddaughter best. She further describes musicality as "upbeat, off beat, fun to improvise, read aloud, with repetition and refrain, and plenty of toe-tapping, lip-smacking sounds." She infused her idea of "musicality" into her book Sleepover at Gramma's House. I especially like the beginning of the book as it reminded me of my daughter as she excitedly prepares for a visit to Grandma's:
Goodie, Goodie, Goodie
I'm packing up my little trunk
my little overnighty trunk
my nighty in my nighty trunk.
Goodbye little fish and the little fish flakes
and everything in the regular place.
Goodbye my mom
goodbye my dad
goodbye you baby in the bed.
I this idea interests you - I found another article from School Library Journal discussing this topic in more depth with Barbara Joosse.
I wanted to do something special for the Grandmas. My children love receiving cards in the mail from them. We just got Valentine cards full of stickers and sweet messages. I thought it was our turn to reciprocate. We made handmade cards for our Grandmas (and my son chose to send one to his great-grandpa, aka Grandpa #3 - he always has his own plan!). We pulled out the scissors, markers, and stickers to design our cards.
|My son chose to send a note (typed gibberish on the computer) along with his card to his Great Grandpa.|
|My daughter wanted to type her notes to her Grandmas on the computer.|
|She pasted the typed message then added stickers and letters.|
|They addressed their own envelopes (my son placed a label), attached a stamp, and placed in the mailbox.|
1. Barbara Joosse's Website
2. Video with Barbara Joosse from Teachingbooks
3. Article from Patricia Newman
4. About the illustrations for Higgedly-Piggedly Chicks - from illustrator Rick Chrustowski
5. Barbara Joosse's cool house - American Style Magazine
6. More about Roawr! - Penguin Group
7. Book Review of Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks - Brimful Curiosities
8. More about Razzle Dazzle/Razzmatazz/Musicality - Library Journal