Favorite Room in the House

July 19, 2009

Home holds many memories.  Stories can come alive from those memories.  Let’s Go Home:  the Wonderul Things about a House is a spring of ideas to help your kids.  You can use this text to reference throughout the year from  kinder to high school.

One way to introduce the book is to just read the text without showing the illustrations.  Cynthia Rylant invites the reader to remember.  Kids could bring their notebooks to the rug and after reading about a particular room, they could jot down stories ideas they recall from their home.  You could do this over a week’s time, only reading a couple of rooms at a time.  I would use this book when conferencing as well.

And if ever a kitchen is the most perfect place in the world to be, it is when cookies are being baked.

Believe it or not, a bathroom can be the most interesting room in a house.

Wendy Anderson Halperin illustrates the book with such detail that using an Elmo to enlarge the pictures would be an added touch to your lesson.  My eyes cannot help but wander through her illustrations; they are so inviting.  With the many details, more ideas come to mind.  Wendy definitely was able to weave Cynthia’s words into her paintings, bringing the text even more vivid to the reader’s mind.

Savorings for reading and writing for Let’s Go Home:

  • Everyday happenings
  • Mapping – have the kids map their home, yard, favorite place, neighborhood; have them focus on one room and enlarge that setting.  You could extend this activity to the school setting for more ideas.
  • Setting Lead – “It is evening and the crickets are singing…let’s go to the PORCH.”
  • Feelings – “In a kitchen, people will pat each other on the back, ….  It is the room that reminds people to look after each other.”
  • Voice – Cynthia talks to the reader, inviting him/her to recall or to see