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Let's Read at Home! Oliver's Vegetables

Make the book Oliver's Vegetables come alive for your child. Talk about the vegetables Oliver ate when you get home. Then read the book again with your child. Children who read books in their homes learn to value reading.

1.Have the vegetables Oliver ate for dinner. Talk about the vegetables Oliver had, and let your child pick one to try. Let your child do as much of the shopping and cooking of the vegetable as possible. Have your child serve everyone in the family the vegetable. Talk about how Oliver liked it.

2.Like Oliver's grandfather, your child can grow plants. Dried beans are easy to grow. Plant 3 or 4 of them with the help of your child.

Take 3 or 4 paper cups and poke a hole in the bottom of each one. Fill them with dirt. Put one of the beans in each cup, about an inch below the top of the dirt. Cover it with dirt and water the bean. Put the cups in a window. Let your child help you water it each day. You both can watch to see how your beans are growing.

3.Spend time in the produce section of the grocery store with your child. Talk about the colors of the fruits and vegetables as well as which ones Oliver ate. Older children can tell you whether the fruit or vegetable grew above or below ground, on a tree or on a vine.

After spending time looking at fruits and vegetables, your child may want you to buy some to try at home!

4.Make a book: Find pictures of fruits and vegetables in magazines and newspapers. Let your child help to select and cut them out. Collect several blank sheets of paper. Let your child decide which pictures to put on each sheet.

With your child's help, decide what to write on each page. Possibilities are the first letter of the fruit or vegetable's name, the whole name, or anything you both pick out.

Attach the pieces of paper together to make a book. You can poke holes in the pages and put string or ribbon into the holes to hold the book together.

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Last updated January 5, 2011