Weekly Read Aloud at Home: My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown

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During this pandemic, many of us are finding ourselves at home more often. Technology has helped to connect us with friends and family, allowed us to work from home, and given us new ways to teach our children. Today we will learn how we can use screen time in an interactive way to take advantage of learning opportunities, while engaging in responsive and meaningful conversations.

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood Read Aloud 1

This week’s book is My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown. This first read focuses on explaining the key events of the story and pushing in target vocabulary.

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood Read Aloud 2

This second read of My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood will focus on the character’s thoughts and feelings about the key events of the story and continue to push in target vocabulary

Tying it Together

Talk about the book whenever and wherever works best for your family! Throughout the week, engage in meaningful conversations around these words. Guide your child with questions and support their answers by repeating back what they say. Encourage use of the target vocabulary, and soon you will notice them becoming part of your child’s vocabulary!

Target Vocabulary

Conversation Starters

Brooding-angry, can’t stop thinking about something Remember how Jamie feels angry at his brothers when they tease him with hurtful words. He is brooding. He can’t stop thinking about what they did to make him mad. Have you felt like you were in a brooding mood- where you were angry and couldn’t stop thinking about something? Why? How did you get yourself out of that mood?
Fierce-to know and show your power Remember how Jamie blocks the door. He is being fierce and showing his brothers his power. His brothers are older and stronger, but he is feeling powerful! He is not backing down. Why do you think he feels this way?
Mood- How you feel, feelings/emotions Remember how Jamie’s mood, his feelings and emotions, changes throughout the book? Different things make him feel different feelings and put him in different moods. Think of a time your moods changed. Why did your mood change? How did you feel?

Monitoring Your Childs’ Progress

After hearing the first two reads, let your child tell the story of My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood and show what they’ve learned! “This week we heard a story about Jamie and how his mood changed throughout the day.  Remember how different colors represented his different moods, how he was feeling? Now that you know it so well, you get to tell the story!”

As your child talks about the story, ask them open-ended questions about what happened and how the character felt. Have a conversation about the story. Prompt your child with open-ended questions.  Intentionally work to pull-out target vocabulary and rich, complex language. Always acknowledge your child’s answers and expand on them by using longer, complex sentences with tier 2 vocabulary. Click here to review the TALK strategy and how you can have engaging conversations around the book.

Example: Remember how Jamie’s brothers made him angry and he was brooding over how they treated him, he couldn’t stop thinking about it. But then his mood changed, and we see all the hearts coming out of Jamie. How does Jamie feel about his brothers? Why?  

Use our START Ladder Safety Nets resource to help you tune in to your child during story reads to see where they are on our START ladder. This will help you support your child’s language development.

Paving the Way to Reading

Path Pointers: Serve and Turn with a Device

Over the last several weeks, we have been talking about the importance of having rich conversations with your child. We have looked at how to push in and pull-out sophisticated vocabulary and model rich sentences. Face-to-face face conversations between adult and child are best, but we know you also rely on technology. In fact, each week we are sending you reads that are viewed on a device so you can use this path pointer as you go through the story reads each week. Watch the video to see how you can interact in responsive ways throughout the read.

Watch Serve & Return

Phonological Awareness: Understanding the Meaning of Same and Different

The last several weeks we’ve worked on syllable awareness. Before moving on to our next skill, we will spend some time this week helping to make sure your child understands the words “same” and “different” starting with pictures or objects and moving towards spoken language.

Prerequisite Example
Discriminate between the meaning of same and different using concrete objects 
  • When prompted, child is able to select two pictures or objects that are the same
  • When prompted, child is able to select two pictures/objects that are different
Understanding Same and Different (listening)

  • Recognize if two environmental sounds are the same or different
  • Discriminate between words that are the same or different 
  • Demonstrate ability to detect sounds that are the same or different /t/…/t/ – same,  /t/…/d/ -different
  • After hearing two separate sounds (e.g., bell, drum, clap), child can recognize if they are the same or different
  • After hearing two words, child can determine if words sound the same or different- (e.g., dog…dog- same, dog…goat- different)
  • After hearing two separate sounds (phonemes) child can determine if they sound the same or different (e.g., /p/…/p/- same, /p/…/b/…- different)

Alphabet Knowledge: Letter Recognition

Use our Tips For Teaching Alphabet Knowledge Blog to support your child in learning this week’s focus letters.

Focus Letters this week:  A, J, and X

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