BEDTIME STORY: Pancakes, Pancakes, by Eric Carle
“The barnyard rooster crows and Jack wakes up — hungry, of course What does he want for breakfast? A big pancake. But first, Jack’s mother needs flour from the mill, an egg from the black hen, milk from the spotted cow, butter churned from fresh cream, and firewood for the stove. Will Jack ever get his pancake? With his trademark vibrant collage illustrations and a lively text, Eric Carle has created a mouthwatering tale for young readers.” -goodreads.com
Make pancakes together! Let your child use measuring cups and spoons. Talk about the different measurements and fractions you are using. It’s okay if she doesn’t understand. By introducing the language and concepts, she will develop that “file” in her mind. The next time she hears these terms she will have a place to connect and build her knowledge. Use the book as your recipe. Start from the beginning and add ingredients as you read through the story again. For older children, give a note card and have them write down the ingredients. Also, talk about where these ingredients come from: the mill, the spotted cow, the black hen, etc. Finally, enjoy breakfast together!