Bedtime Story & Study: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

dinosaursBEDTIME STORY:  How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen

“In a few simple lines of verse on each spread, fathers and mothers are ready to put their youngsters to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night?  Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur’s bedroom. In the end, young dinosaurs behave a lot like people do: They give a big kiss, turn out the light, tuck in their tails, and whisper good night.”


Use the pattern book planning chart DOWNLOAD to brainstorm all the not-so-good behaviors currently occurring at bedtime and then come up with all the positive routine habits that should be happening.  You can come up with as few or as many as you’d like.  Start with a personalized title like, “How Does (your child’s name) Say Goodnight?”  You can take this project as far as you’d like and match the writing and illustrating to your child’s abilities.  The simplest way to do this is to fold two 8 x 11.5 pieces of printer paper into 4 squares so you have 16 total front and back.  Create a “page” per square.  Cut them apart or not.  You can also create the story in poem-form.  Read and reread often.  It’s good for your child to hear this repetition and fluency.


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