Friday, September 28, 2007

Mrs. Wishy Washy is Queen of our Class

Another one of our favorite classroom books is "Mrs. Wishy Washy" by Joy Cowley. The children love hearing the stories of her farm animal's adventures. The books she writes not only have a great story line but also are loaded with sight words, sentence patterns, and clear punctuation. The above picture shows our Reader's Theater today with the narrator, Mrs. Wishy Washy and her farm animals: the duck, the cow, and the pig. Other books that we have read by Joy Cowley include "Wishy Washy Day," "Splishy Sploshy," "Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm, and "The Scrubbing Machine." These are books that I use daily in the shared reading portion of the morning and also throughout the day as read alouds. Children often choose these big books as a literacy station activity. They can "read" the books because they have heard them repeatedly and they can practice using a beginning reading strategy "Look at the picture" to help with the word. Joy Cowley has written numerous children's books and from the reaction I've gotten from my class when I say, "...the author is Joy Cowley" I will be reading many, many more!!

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