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Budding Bookworms

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We start with an age-appropriate lesson theme - using good manners, recognizing sounds and nurturing friendships to name a few. Then we read stories to illustrate the lesson in language children understand. Because children learn best through play, we reinforce the lesson with hands-on games and activities that relate to the day's stories and focus on a core discipline - nature, art, science and cooking.

Our program offers three, age-based classes - all designed in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Education frameworks. At Budding Bookworms, children learn from experiences that are fun and educationally sound.

Budding Explorers
Three-year-olds discover the love of literature through the exploration of nature, art and drama. The program focuses on exposing this tender age to life-lessons and how the world changes around them. The lessons are designed to spark children's natural curiosity by exploring the great outdoors, exercising their imaginations through dramatic play and expanding their artistic talents. By helping Budding Explorers recognize shapes and letters, count numbers and understand size relationships, children build an early reading and math foundation.

Budding Scientists
Four-year-olds learn how science relates to their world. Children are encouraged to explore and recognize the links between science and the day-to-day. For example, after talking about the anatomy of a cloud, children make cloud dough. Or, they concoct their own toothpaste following a lesson on the impact of good oral hygiene. Budding Scientists also learn to identify beginning and ending consonants, recognize rhyming words and develop number sense by matching numbers to corresponding quantities.

World Travelers
Five-year-olds experience the magic of cooking while exploring geography and cultural traditions around the world. Children stir up some fun with food while discussing the importance of health and nutrition. Each child creates a personalized cookbook with kid-friendly recipes prepared in class. We cover the role of practical mathematics in recipe measurements, as well as letter formation and word recognition.

Recommended Reading List

3 Year-Olds

Leo the Late Bloomer
By Robert Kraus

Sheep In A Shop
By Nancy Shaw

Max Found Two Sticks
By J. Brian Pinkey

In The Tall Tall Grass
By Denise Fleming

My Friend Harry
By Kim Lewis

Time For Bed, The Babysitter Said
By Peggy Perry Anderson

I Love You, Stinkyface
By Lisa McCourt

I Spy A Lion, Animals In Art
By Lucy Micklethwait

By Ian Falconer

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry And The Big Hungry Bear
By Don and Audrey Wood

Chicken Soup With Rice
By Maurice Sendak

The Piggy In The Puddle
By Charlotte Pomerantz

4 Year-Olds

The Kissing Hand
By Audrey Penn

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon
By Patty Lovell

Oliver's Vegetables
By Vivian French

By Kevin Henkes

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo
By Rachel Vail

Diary Of A Worm
By Doreen Cronin

King Bidgood's In The Bathtub
By Audrey Wood

The Napping House
By Audrey Wood

What Is A Scientist
By Barbara Lehn

Can You See What I See?
By Walter Wick

5 Year-Olds

Lily's Purple Plastic Purse
By Kevin Henkes

The Remarkable Farkel McBride
By John Lithgow

The Race
By Caroline Repchuck

In Enzo's Splendid Garden
By Patricia Polacco

The 13th Clue
By Ann Jonas

Everyday Mysteries
By Jerome Wexler

And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street
By Dr. Seuss

By Janell Canon

The Seven Silly Eaters
By Mary Ann Hoberman

The Sweetest Fig
By Chris Van Allsburg

Bed Head
By Margie Palatini

Mr. Peabody's Apples
By Madonna

One Grain Of Rice
By Demi

The Empty Pot
By Demi