Since we are spending a lot of time at home, I was ordering some new books to read with my son and I found “There Was an Old Lady Book Who Swallowed a Birthday Cake!” book.  I don’t know when it came out but I had not seen it before and wanted to give it a try.  I made book companions for most of the other “There Was an Old Lady….” books so I figured I needed to get this one too.  I created some book visuals, sequencing pictures, and follow up question you can use at home with your children.

Typically when I make these book companions to use with my students I laminate all the visuals.  I put soft Velro on the back of all the small book visuals and then a piece of hard Velcro on the cover of the book and one on each page inside the book to match up with the small visual pictures.  I store the small visuals on the grid page. 

I know many of you don’t have laminators and Velcro at home but you can still use the visuals as you read the book.  Instead just cut out the pictures and have your child find the correct picture to match the one in the book as you read.  Once they match up the picture you can just set that visual aside in a done pile.  On the first page, after you read “there was an old lady who swallowed a cake” have your child find the picture of the cake.  You might just want to lay 2-3 pictures out at a time so they only have a couple to choice from or you can set out all the pictures.  It just depends on your child.  If you are reading the book with more than one child take turns having each child get to pick out what the old lady swallowed.

As you read try to model some of those sequencing terms.  Maybe hold up 2 fingers and say “second she swallowed a candle.”  Then have your child find the picture of the candle and match it to the book picture.  Again you don’t have to attach the picture into the book after the child matches the picture you can place it to the side and keep going. 

As you keep reading try to see if you child can remember what the old lady swallowed…“first a cake, second a candle, third a sign, and fourth balloons.”  You can even turn back some of the pages if you need help remembering all the items.  After you finish reading the book you can use the larger visuals to work on sequencing skills.  Help your child put all seven pictures in the correct order.  You might need to go back and look in the book if they are having difficulty remember all the items.  Sometimes giving them a choice of 2 helps…”What came first the cake or the hat?”

You can also have your child complete either the visual or the written questions depending on their level after you finish the book.  For the visual questions you can read the question to your child and all three answers.  You can always cover up one of the pictures if you need to reduce the answer choice to 2.  If your child is using the written questions maybe lay out the larger visual pictures to help them answer the questions and know how to spell the words.    

Maybe after you read the book and complete the follow up questions you can make a cake or some cupcakes to go with the theme of the book.  Have you children help follow the recipe on a cake box and sequence all the ingredients you add into the bowl as you are making your treat.  This is a fun activity for home learning!  Here is the link for this resource – There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Birthday Cake

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