We have been reading Stellaluna all week. In order to increase Catherine's speed in reading, we are just reading a few books a week. We read them every day so that she can become familiar with them and increase her speed. It is a cute story about a bat who loses track of his family and ends up living with an owl family. There are a lot of comparisons made between bats and owls, so I taught her what a Venn diagram was and we made one comparing bats to owls.
We made a few other Venn diagrams comparing different princesses. Then we made one comparing her and Sabrina. In her circle she included "lots of surgeries, red bellybutton, six years old." In Sabrina's circle she included "silly, cheer leading, talks a lot." I was so thrilled that Catherine got the concept and was able to think critically.
But the next day I was even more thrilled when Catherine asked if she could make more Venn diagrams. How could I say no? This time I drew the circles and wrote the titles and made her write in the facts. It was wonderful to see what she came up with! Dorothy has ruby slippers, but Cinderella has glass slippers. But, they both have slippers (love the fashion angle!):