Books To Read Out Loud To 2nd Graders

From my experience as a second grade teacher, students will need to compare and contrast fairy tales and folk tales in this grade level. So apart from reading the traditional stories, it is also important to read other versions to make the text comparisons. Here are some books that your child will most likely get exposed to at a public school in America:

Cinderella Versions



The Three Little Pigs


Little Red Riding Hood Versions

I would read these stories out loud and discuss the setting, problem, events that lead to the solution and the solution of the story. Discuss the similarities and differences between them such as the characters and the setting. During this stage students are introduced to the term theme or the message/lesson that the author is trying to convey. In the classroom, your child will be creating charts to compare several texts. If you have a child that needs support, you might have to list each story and then make a list of themes on the next column.

At home discuss various connections to the texts. In school the teacher might ask them personal connections (this reminds me of). They might also ask what text to media connections they made. Kids make these connections easily. Finally, relate the stories to what is happening in the news.

Different versions are called fractured fairy tales or adaptations. My favorite author is Leo Lionni. He creates his own fables but students can easily make connections to other traditional fables. If you were going to gift a friend, niece, or nephew a set of books, I would definitely recommend a set of his books.

This is my favorite. His stories are easy to understand but students at the second grade level can analyze them easily independently. Connections can be pulled and themes can be formulated.

When I was a child my mom made sure I had Aesop’s Fables. This is another book I suggest your child have for his or her collection!

Happy reading and don’t forget to buy your child a dictionary for this coming school year!

Summer Get-together

The best way for me to have a get-together with active boys is to make sure that a place will allow them to be active! The boys got to be active at Levy Park when the boys’ cousin came down for the weekend!

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There is a mini golf area with seating around so you can watch them play!

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The boys were joined by another cousin who just happened to bring a soccer ball. They burned energy!

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I did say burn energy!!!

More climbing around!

Meet new friends!

The park provides many carts with magazines to read, art supplies to be creative, and games for your family! Use of these items are for free!

@leelee_paz_t here !!!

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For sure on Saturdays there are food trucks!

Dinner option 2

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Dinner option 1

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There is a spray park area, so be sure to bring swim attire and extra change of clothing!!!

To end the weekend with their cousin the boys did a lot of swimming!


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We did pool hop thanks to the boys’ aunt!

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I should have taken pictures of the MANY steps that even I decided to climb on many times! What else can you do in this Texas heat?




Toyota Center Tour

I am always amazed at what activities interest my sons. The latest one is to tour Toyota Center. The boys have taken a liking to basketball this summer and being in the NBA is part of their dream.

#Nba #goals #sons #houston #rockets

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#Nba #goals #jameshardin #houston #rockets #sons #parenting

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He's dressing the part #NBA #goals #adidas #dressedforsuccess #fakeittillyoumakeit

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Here is information about the Toyota Center Public Tour !

Socks are from Amazon !