I can’t believe it’s the final week of my Soak Up Summer Reading Series! I am so excited to introduce you to April from the blog, A Modern Teacher. April creates amazing resources for moms and teachers including planners, management tools and so much more.
Today, April is sharing this darling Pete the Cat book, along with a creative craft and treat idea! Such a perfect way to celebrate the start of the school year with your kiddos! I love that we are ending this series with Pete the Cat, one of my all time favorites! Enjoy everyone!
Oh Pete the Cat! How we love you! I am typically not a “cat person” but who could not resist this not-so-common cat! I mean, his cool demeanor can calm anyone down. Since the first day of school is right around the corner, we chose to read “Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes”. (which you can find HERE–note, there are affiliate links in post). I love, love, love this “oldie but goodie” book. Here’s why:
- It goes through the different areas of the school, exposing kids to have some background on what to expect.
- The book is repetitive, providing lots of reading opportunities for my kids, whom are beginning readers.
- We have the book on CD, which I highly recommend, because it sings the song he sings and my kids love to dance to it too!
- The idea is…well, I won’t spoil it, but Pete models how to act while at school (and life in general). Which is concrete and good for my kids. Everyone comes to school with shoes, so everyone can relate, which makes the book inclusive. Love, love, love!
- And Pete is just plain cool.
After reading the book and dancing to our heart’s content, we decided to make guitars and a fun snack: microphones to sing our hearts out! Because who doesn’t want to “rock out” before school starts? We are a dancing family so this was perfect for us.
At first we made guitars from cardboard boxes we had from our big move. I cut them out, which was totally doable.
You can always use paper if you don’t have boxes. You can search guitar coloring page on google and all sorts of guitars will come up. We created the guitar on paper first, glued down the paper on cardboard, then cut out.
Then, we decided to make the guitars last longer so we cut them from wood. Now, I understand you might not have a saw. So, cardboard will work (and so will paper too). The kids will love decorating their own, personal guitar.
What do you think?
After our little dance party, we ate a “micro-fun” dessert (because I love desserts and that is about all I can make-ha!). Did you get it? “Micro-fun?” …I’m pretty corny…sorry. Yes, little microphones so they can belt their heart out too!
This was a simple dessert to make because I am all about that. Simple. I don’t have time for anything else. So, I used ice cream cones, white cupcakes (bought at store), and sprinkles. I put the white cupcakes into the ice cream cones, rounded out the icing on top just a little bit and then sprinkled with silver sprinkles. That’s it. Super easy and super fun!
If you’d like to catch more ideas like this, please sign up for my parent newsletter HERE and head over to my blog: A Modern Teacher. I am starting a “Parent Corner” this year and would love to share with you! I am an 11-year teacher, with 3 little ones, and am currently on an extended maternity leave. I am hoping to share some ideas on how to set our kids up for success. I’d love to share with you! You can also join the newsletter HERE. Through this link I’ll be sending emails specific to parents. I hope your kids have a great school year!
I just loved this book and activity! I also loved those adorable cupcake cone microphones! Too cute! April has so many ideas and useful resources for any teacher or mom! She is definitely one to follow!
Follow along with April, you will be so glad you did!