Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
The Little Red Hen will help us stir up some fun and learning with her story for today’s play-of-the-day. Do you and your child know this story? Making bread is pretty complicated, so maybe instead you and your child can make up some play dough. Set up some dishes, cutters, and tools and let your child play.Use your preferred recipe and mix up a batch. The Little Red Hen is a good story to use to talk about cooperation and sharing.Continue Reading
The story of Rumpelstiltskin inspires today’s play-of-the-day with some name activities. What’s in a name? Lots of fun and learning for kids. A few ways to make names are to use magnetic letters on the fridge, peel and stick foam letters on anything, rolling out the letters with play dough, or stamping it out with paint dabbers. Printing names is often children’s first venture into the world of written communication. We can help them in a variety of ways…Continue Reading
Once you have read a book with your child, don’t stop there. It’s just a start to the fun. How about some building along with the Three Little Pigs? The Three Little Pigs are into making houses. Whatever material you have for blocks will work for kids to use to build houses. Knocking them down and building them back up is often part of the fun. The three little Pigs heated up a big pot of water to scare away the wolf. Instead, doesn’t this heat up a pot of learning and fun?Continue Reading
This is a new series of blog posts combining reading with a play-of-the-day. While it’s still winter how about the story of Snow White before the snow is gone? If it’s all melted where you live, it’s okay because we’ll have some fun with apples too.Continue Reading
It’s appropriate Read Across America Day happens on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The celebration can be Pole to Pole if all of North and South America reads too. This will be the first post in a whole series of ways that a story can be combined with another activity so that reading inspires a play-of-the-day. How about starting with Horton Hatches the Egg? First, read Horton with your child. Next, have some fun with eggs. Have an egg-citing day!Continue Reading
One of the most powerful activities is to read to kids, but many parents don’t because they are not good readers themselves. Does this hold you back? Do not let the excuse that you are not a good reader get in the way. Children have lived inside their mother’s voice, and the first voice recognized after birth is usually the father’s. If reading a book to kids is not doable for you, you can also tell stories. Do you agree another way to spell love is R E A D?Continue Reading
Would you be smarter if you could download 1,000 books into your brain? Downloading 5,000 books into your child’s brain can be done in minutes a day. Reading to your child a few minutes every day is a super new year’s resolution. Five books a day, five times a week, is 25 books in a week, or 100 in a month. Twelve months times 100, is over 1,000. By the time a child goes to school at age 5, that’s the staggering number of 5 to 6,000 books. Reading books doesn’t just have to happen at bedtime. Pass along the family stories…or one that you make up from imagination. Your voice in books and stories will echo in your child’s memory for a lifetime. Will this be a new year’s resolution for you and your child?Continue Reading
Does your family do anything special in the month of Dinovember? Even if the dinosaurs at your house do not get up to hilarious antics and mischief they are wonderful toys and encourage dinosaur-size fun and learning for preschoolers. One way to experience dinosaurs is with books. Sharing books is a powerful activity.Continue Reading
When the nights start earlier and the temperature is cooler, snuggling up with a book and a blankie is so inviting. There are some wonderful books about the fall season to share with young children. There are so many great stories for fall it’s hard to choose. But reading any book with kids helps them with build their brain library. What fall books does your child like?Continue Reading
Johnny Appleseed was born more than 200 years ago but, because of the power of story, he hasn’t been forgotten. And, of course, the longevity of the trees. The story of Johnny Appleseed is also testimony to the power of a connection to nature. What…can we do for a play-of-the-day?Continue Reading