Every now and then there is a book that drops through the door that I know is going to spark something in the imagination of the children, Hello, Mr Moon is absolutely that book for us right now.
Hello, Mr Moon is part of the QED Storytime series and I’ve always found these to be brilliant quality books that are perfect for bedtime or lazy afternoon snuggles when the pile of books to be read can seem endless. Hello, Mr Moon by Lorna Gutierrez and Laura Watkins is particularly special as it teaches children about the phases of the moon whilst also maintaining a fictional quality.
The moment we read this at bedtime both the children were peering out their window looking for Mr Moon (who was hiding it seems). Mr D is desperate to learn more about the moon and so I have promised that once the clocks go back we will do a whole project on the moon, using this fabulous book as the basis for it. I intend for the children to each keep a diary to mark down the phases of the moon and to identify the names of these phases, using this book as their reference point.
We are also going to go on a moonlight walk; I just need to work out when the full moon will be and hope that the weather isn’t to cold and wet! I love how this book has totally captured their imaginations. Each time they eat their lunch anything circular is then eaten into the various phases of the moon (cheddar crisps seem to be a favourite for doing this with).
Like all the storytime books, this one contains some ideas for next steps for activities or discussions with young children and there are lots of ideas here too. I’ll share more on what we do next month when we get started. In the meantime we will continue to enjoy sharing this beauty of a book and I’ll continue to plan some moon related activities.
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