Our first "row" was Madeline. She loved it! We had so much fun with this book. One of my little daycare children joined us on the days he was here, and he really had fun with it, too. Lily enjoyed Madeline so much, that we got a couple of different Madeline books at the library.
The first thing we did was talk about France. We learned that Madeline lives in France. So we found France on the map, and Lily had to identify where that was every day.
We talked about germs, and the importance of washing our hands. I asked Lily if she wiped her hand with a tissue, would that get all the germs off. She said yes. I put lotion and glitter on her hand, and had her rub it in. Then, I gave her a tissue to wipe it off. The glitter "germs" did not come off. I had her wash with soap and water. All clean!
We use McRuffy phonics and Hooked On Phonics as our main reading/phonics curriculum. There is more handwriting practice in the McRuffy workbooks.