Homeschool · Letter of the Week · Preschool

H is for House and Home

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Book Descriptions & Activities

        

Building Our House and This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean

Description: We LOVE these books!! Building Our House is the true story of the author’s parents building their home from the ground up. This is My Home, This is My School is an honest, beautiful, comical look at the homeschooling life.

 

Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin  

Description: Great read for younger children!

  • Notice and name the colors of houses as you drive around town
  • Find the mouse on each page

 

 

If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

Description: A boy daydreams about what his house would be like if he designed it. A fun read.

  • Let your children design their own house
  • Build a house out of Legos

 

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Description: A cute story of a hermit crab decorating his home. Incorporates the months of the year.

  • Try this hermit crab craft (use all kinds of items to decorate the crab’s back: sequins, string, pom poms, whatever you have on hand!)
  • Sing the months of the year song- the months of the year to the tune of “Ten Little Indians”
  • Talk about what kinds of houses other animals live in: shell, burrow, hollow tree, den, etc
  • Build a bird house

 

Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler

Description: This is a beautiful book about a woman and her 7 children who must start over after the death of their father. A true story.

 

A Little House Picture Book Treasury

Description: Six beautifully illustrated stories from the beloved Little House series.

  • Imagine what it would be like to live in the Little House times. Eat a meal by candlelight. Cook over an open fire.

 

My House by Richard Scarry

Description: Classic Richard Scarry. Lots of endearing illustrations.

  • Draw a picture of rooms in your house

 

The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood.

Description: From the same couple who wrote The Little Mouse, The Big Bear, and the Red Ripe Strawberry comes the comical story of a bed full of sleepy people and pets.

 

In a People House by Dr. Seuss (writing as Theo LeSieg)

Description: Not our favorite Seuss, but great for naming things in the home.

 

The Big Adventures of Tiny House by Susan Schaefer Bernardo

Description: For fans of tiny home living!

 

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Description: The story of a little house in the country being overtaken by the bustling city. A Caldecott award winner.

 

Print off this book list and take it with you to the library! H is for House and Home Booklist

 

www.thebookbuilthome.com

Literacy Activities

  • Make a letter H out of construction paper and turn it into a house (see picture above)! Our girls loved this and kept wanting to add more and more details, including a bed, a door that swings open, and a little girl peeking out
  • Make your own Hh is for House watercolor page. We always do this! Simple and fun.
  • Talk about the sound that H makes. We use the Letter Factory Song (to the tune of the Farmer in the Dell):
    • The H says, “heh.” The H says, “heh.” Every letter makes a sound. The H says, “heh.”
  • See if your child can think of any other words that start with “heh”- heart, help, hug, hurt, hike, hello, hawk, hand, etc.
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  • Draw bubble letters Hh and have your child put stickers in the open space. This is good for fine motor skills as well.
  • Download this free letter of the week coloring sheet. You can use this for dot-a-dot, coloring, or stickering. Alphabet Coloring Sheets (variety pack) PDF
  • Try these Upper and Lower Case Dot-a-Dot sheets that include a letter recognition portion.
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