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The Napping House was a favorite for my youngest son.
Who doesn’t love a napping house . . . where everyone (well, almost everyone) is sleeping?
And on that bed
there was a granny,
a snoring granny
on a cozy bed
in a napping house,
where everyone is sleeping.”
This story is swarming with repetition which is a great way to help your preschool student learn language patterns. The repetitive, predictable text in The Napping House will give your student a foundation for future reading skills.
I loved writing this Napping House unit study; it is packed full of engaging learning activities for your preschooler.
The Napping House Unit Study Lessons
Beginning Phonics: N is for Napping
If you are learning the alphabet and letter sounds, consider introducing N for Napping. For a fun activity, get a box and have an N adventure. Look inside and outside (weather permitting) for things that start with N.
Discuss how the small flea causes such excitement! Many other stories have similar plots where the tiniest character saves the day or a small character has a big job.
Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett
The Turnip by Pierr Morgan
The Enormous Carrot by Vladimir Vagin
This story is also a cumulative tale. You may want to read other similar stories such as This Is the House That Jack Built, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. You could also sing “There’s a Hole in My Bucket” or “There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea” together this week.
This book has many different words for sleeping (snoring, dreaming, dozing, slumbering)! An older student may have fun trying to think of as many words as possible for the following: big, little, happy, and sad.
Finger Plays and Songs
You can find lots of different songs and finger plays about sleep to sing and act out with your preschooler. Here are a few that come to mind. You will find some songs in the printable section. You may also want to sing some sleepy time songs (lullabies) with your student this week.
“Ten in the Bed” “Are You Sleeping?” “Lazy Mary, Will You Get Up?”
Discuss what happens in The Napping House. What is in or what is happening in your house?
After a few readings, encourage your student to help you read the book as they can. You may even want to pause before “where everyone is sleeping” and let your student chime in with the phrase.
I Spy with My Little Eye: Details in the Illustrations
After you’ve read the story once or twice, go back to the first illustration and ask your student if he can spy the other animals. They are there! It may take a little bit to find the mouse and flea, but they were in the room from the beginning of the nap.
Another observation activity would include watching what is happening out the window. The day starts out rainy, but ends with sunshine and a rainbow!
Colors in the Illustrations
Notice the artwork and how it changes as everyone in the house wakes. What color is used the most on the illustrations of everyone sleeping? (blue) What color is used in the art when everyone wakes up (see the page that says “break the bed”)? (yellow) Discuss this with even a small student asking him to point out the blues on the sleeping pages and the yellow on the waking-up pages.
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The Napping House Lapbook Printables
In addition to written lessons, the free download for The Napping House also includes these lapbook printables:
- N Is for Nap Simple Fold
- Sleeping Songs Layer Book
- In My House Shape Book
- Story Characters (for sequencing sizes)
- Follow the Instructions Shape House
- Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals Sorting
How to Get Started
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the The Napping House unit study and printables:
- Buy a copy of the book, The Napping House, or grab one from your local library.
- Print the The Napping House unit study and lapbook.
- Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
- Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of fun-filled The Napping House learning with your preschool student.
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Don’t forget this beloved classic bedtime story, Goodnight Moon.