Monday, September 19, 2011

Balancing Act

I found a balance at a used curriculum sale for $2! Izzie has been so fascinated with it! To introduce the concept, we read the book Balancing Act, which is perfect to teach little ones the concept of balancing! I added some farm animal counters and was thrilled to watch Izzie manipulate the balance and practice the concept!

Review from Amazon.com: This deceptively simple and creative book is loaded with fun. Two adorable mice create a teeter-totter using a stick balanced on a rock. A salamander joins one side, creating an imbalance, but then another one of equal weight joins the other mouse, and all is in order–until it happens again with a frog and a bird. Readers might be fooled into thinking that this is just a concept book, but Walsh gives them so much more, including a twist in the ending. Observant children will want to converse about animal and color identification, as well as why the actions and reactions of the animals are creating balances/imbalances on the teeter-totter. The delightful illustrations were done using cut-paper collage and then splattered with acrylic paints. A rock at the middle of the teeter-totter is cleverly placed in the gutter, creating eye-catching spreads with lots of white space and spare text.

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