Our current read-aloud is Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Magic. We started it yesterday, after finally finishing Alice in Wonderland. The children are really enjoying it so far, and it provides lots of opportunities for discussion.
In order to keep track and make sense of our reading, we are working together on a simple graphic organizer. Using a graphic organizer as you read is a good way to help children focus on concepts and how they related to other concepts. If writing is involved, it provides students with a tool that they can use to show relationships, patterns, and helps them write a well-organized summary of the text.
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Magic is a natural for this type of graphic organizer as each chapter follows a predictable pattern. There is a “disease” or problem of some sort that affects young children, there is a “cure” in the form of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's potion or medicine, there is an amusing result of the cure, and the problem goes away.