The countdown to kindergarten and preschool has begun. Don't wait! Be proactive and prepare your child for a successful transition into this new and important experience. It will lay the foundation for your little one's future.
“Let’s Go Crazy”…errr…book crazy!
We invite you to join us in the celebration of “El Día de Los Niños” by picking up a book and reading with your child, like now.
“El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds” - http://dia.ala.org/content/about-d%C3%ADa.
You can visit a library with your little one, or read any age-appropriate book or magazine from home. If you like fashion, read your child a magazine about fashion. Or are cars more your speed? That’s fine too. The goal is to just start reading together.
See our dog, Maxie, sharing her favorite book! It's called "A Crazy Day at the Critter Cafe" by Barbara Odanaka, and it's one of our favorites too. In fact, we just read it last night.
There are more ideas and activities at El Día de Los Niños Web site: http://dia.ala.org/content/about-d%C3%ADa.
And my book, SCHOOL IS NEW TO ME: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting School, has other literacy-building ideas too.
#WonderWednesdays are dedicated to things we wonder about, like why are animals different colors. What does your child think? Please share their answers! Liv and I went to the zoo and saw this cute Fennec Fox. Ask your little one if they notice anything about the color of the Fennec Fox's fur and the color of the ground around him, or his habitat. That's right, they're both light brown! Ask your child why she thinks they're the same color. What did she say? Then explain that many animals use camouflage to hide and stay safe from other animals. Camouflage is a way to hide so other animals can’t see you. The Fennec Fox lives in the Sahara desert of North Africa.
It'd be fun to bring this lesson to life by going outside and seeing if you and your child can find any animals or insects using camouflage. Liv and I took this picture of a mother bird sitting on her eggs in a nest. Look closely and you'll see a little red beak in the middle of this photo. This bird is using camouflage to hide and keep her eggs safe. Baby birds will hatch, or come out of, the eggs soon.
"It's amazing what you can see if you only look" -- Dr. Howard Taylor
I'm a Parent Educator, Author, and Founder of Carla & Liv KIDS. My mission is to prepare every child for a strong start in school. One of my tools is my quick-read, research-based book, SCHOOL IS NEW TO ME: A Beginner's Guide to Starting School.