This Thank-O-Rama post is created in partnership with Disney Book Group.
At the start of the school year, Peyton struggled to get on grade level with reading. She could memorize sight words, but she had issues with comprehension and sounding new words out. We finally connected with an amazing tutor in the area, and in a few short months, Peyton is not only where she needs to be at the end of the school year, but one whole reading level above!
There are times when the chaos of the day dies down, and I catch Peyton and her sisters cuddled up on the couch with a book, and Peyton is reading to them, and asking them questions about what she just read (a trick we learned from her tutor), and I can’t help but smile.
Reading used to be a thing of frustration with Peyton, and now, it’s bringing the girls together, and giving us a reason to put down our phones, turn off the TV, and sit, listen, and engage. For that, we are SO thankful to Sarah, Peyton’s tutor.
Did you know that May is Thank-O-Rama Month by Mo Willems? Thank-O-Rama is an annual, month-long celebration derived from the final book in the Elephant & Piggie series, The Thank You Book. It’s a celebration of thanking all, especially children, for being readers.
That got us thinking about who and what we are thankful for, and how to show it!
Getting crafty and doing hands-on activities is a favorite around here, so we decided to do our own little Thank-O-Rama! We rolled out the chalkboard paper, and got to drawing. Peyton took the lead, and wrote that she was thankful for her friends and family, and then totally surprised me by writing, “my tutor”. You can go ahead and imagine me ugly crying right here, because it’s accurate. London was thankful for Piggie because he is her current favorite book character, and Adaline was thankful for “all the things” – which was also pretty accurate!
In the spirit of being thankful, we sure love our Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! books! Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! is an early-reader series created and coedited by Mo Willems. The series features exciting new stories from renowned, award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. Harold and Hog Pretend for Real! written and illustrated by Dan Santat, is the 6th book in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series, and is in stores now! In the book, Harold and Hog “pretend for real”, and the girls had the best time deciding who would be Elephant and who would be Piggie – no surprise that London was voted family Piggie?
To get your Thank-O-Rama on, you can head to the Thank-O-Rama page, and check out all the free and fun activities!
Who would you thank? Let me know in the comments below!
And if you want more Mo, you can check out our Pigeon-Inspired chocolate chip cookie recipe here!