Disclosure: This post is inspired and sponsored by HarperCollins. As always, all opinions are mine alone.
Guys…my baby has started first grade this week! My baby, my last set of tiny feet, my inspiration behind this entire blog…took her first steps into grade school veteran status. I watched her walk away from me to her classroom, held back some (ok, a lot) of tears, and stared in disbelief wondering where has the time gone?!
In all honesty, aside from the expected rush of emotions that filled every part of my body, I’m a pretty proud mama. At the end of last year, I was told that her reading levels were well up to par and she was fully prepared to enter the first grade as the shining star and scholar I know she can be.
Also, over the summer, we spent a lot of time reading some of her favorite stories from the I Can Read! series by HarperCollins. I Can Read! books feature hundreds of titles featuring award-winning authors and illustrators and are organized into color-coded levels designed to help grow with your child at every stage. Plus, they feature some of the most beloved character friends in the history of children’s literature, guaranteed to engage, excite and introduce your child to the wonderful world of reading on their own!
Here’s a guide to how these I Can Read! books and levels work:
Level 1: BEGINNING READING – Short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts for children eager to read on their own. Ex. Berenstain Bears, Pinkalicious, Danny the Dinosaur.
Level 2: READING WITH HELP – Engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play for developing readers who still need some help. Ex. Amelia Bedelia, Plants vs. Zombies; Save Your Brains, Frog and Toad are Friends.
Level 3: READING ALONE – Complex plots, challenging vocabulary, and high-interest topics for the independent reader. Ex. Drinking Gourd and Buffalo Bill, Pony Express, and other more complex themes such as science and historical fiction.
Level 4: ADVANCED READING – Short paragraphs, chapters, and exciting themes for the perfect bridge to chapter books. Ex. Dinosaur Hunter and First Flight, as well as books about adventure and suspense.
Learn more at ICanRead.com
My first grader’s current love is the Fancy Nancy series. First, she’s seen her big sis enjoy the series for many years and now that Fancy Nancy is on Disney Junior, she’s even more excited to read the books for herself.
To celebrate her first week of the first grade, as well as her love of all things “Fancy,” we had our own little book club /tea party, fully equipped with our own fancy tiaras we made ourselves! Here’s how to make your own fancy tiaras:
How to Make Your Own Fancy Nancy-Inspired Tiara
- Rigid headband
- Colorful pipe cleaners (available at any craft store) or you can use floral wire to be extra fancy.
- Tacky glue
- Rhinestones or other gems with a sticky back
- (Optional) Ribbons or any big and bright decorations (try looking in the floral pick section of a craft store)
- Attach the end of the pipe cleaner to the headband
- Form the pipe cleaners into triangles, stars, or any design you like.
- Wrap pipe cleaners or ribbon around the headband making sure to completely cover the wires holding the decorations to the headband.
- Add gems and any other fancy materials you like.
- Be creative, Be fancy, Be yourself!