• Kristie Smith, M.Ed

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom

My mother, Jamille Smith's, reading of Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom

Author Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archamalt





As an adult, I still enjoy hearing my mother's incredible reading voice. Teaching reading has always been her passion. So many children through the years have enjoyed her reading style, and continue to request more.


The brain responds to voice inflection, and she is a pro when addressing different emotions throughout the story. Parents naturally change their voice intonation when speaking, singing or reading to their children. It is as if they instinctively know, a child's brain pays attention to the rhythm of stories, songs and talking.


After you listen to, Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Dr. Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archamalt, it is

our hope, the following activities will encourage your child to embrace their love of books.


1. Picture walk through the story while pointing to the letters. Ask what action the letters are doing. Are they bending, dancing, etc.?


2. Explain the word, "onomatopoeia' means a word imitating sounds like, 'toot-toot', 'honk'. See if the story has an example of onomatopoeia.


3. This charming book has many rhyming words. Ask your child to identify the rhyming words when reading.


4. What happens to the letters in the story? Take out plastic letters and rearrange the letters in order and then out of order. Create your own story about the 26 letters.


5. Use blocks, sand, toys, and create your story using the materials where the 26 letters are on a vacation.


6. Hide the 26 letters and have a family member look for them. Give them plenty of hints locating the letters.


Dr. Bill Martin, Jr.'s books are created to help children to know themselves. To express his desires for children, he famously wrote, "I would like to think my books help kids know who they are. That's a pretty big order, that is what I hope for."









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