Sky Color by Peter Reynolds is a stunning piece of art which will captivate readers young and old. Marisol is an artist through and through, she loves to paint, her walls are lined with artwork, and she shares her work and passion with everyone around her. So when her teacher says that her class is going to paint a mural outside the library Marisol can’t wait to begin! But when looking for blue for the sky she discovers that it is nowhere to be found. Gazing at the sunset and dreaming of swirling colors, Marisol has found her solution!
Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Making Predictions:
Sky Color is a wonderful story to practice making predictions. As you read, ask your child what they think will happen next. Prompt them to use the colors and pictures on the pages to inform their thoughts. You can also ask questions about how they would handle the prediciment Marisol finds herself in. By furthering their participation in the story, they will create a deeper connection to the text.
Do this with your child:
After you read Sky Color with your child work together to make a painting of your own. Encourage your child to think outside the box like Marisol and practice mixing and using different colors. When you’re all finished and the masterpiece is dry, hang it in your own home gallery (just like Marisol’s refridgerator!) If you’re looking for inspiration, check out 60+ watercolor techniques for kids from The Artful Parent.
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