August Literacy Spotlight Activities!

By: Kate Quattlebaum

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Each month, two books are selected for our Childcare Network classrooms with the goal of promoting literacy and character development in conjunction with our HighReach Learning Curriculum. In this blog post you'll find activities you can do at home with your child!

Throughout the month of August, our Infant through 2 Year Olds classrooms are reading Little Monkey Calms Down by Michael Dahl. Little Monkey is having a bad day. After a major melt down, he goes to his room and uses some coping techniques to calm down.

Invite your children to try a simple meditation practice with you. Instruct them to get a blanket or soft toy to cuddle with. Turn the lights off and put on some calming music. Now ask your child to lay on their backs and close their eyes. Practice deep breathing and relaxing. Remind the kids to use this technique when they need to calm down!

The 3 Year Olds to School Aged classrooms are reading Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall. Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test. This is a great story to learn about overcoming fears.

Talk to your children about things that they have been afraid of or afraid to try. How did that make them feel? Give choices for feeling words such as scared, embarrassed, sad, etc. You can also talk about courage and ask the children if they know what it means to have courage. In the story, Jabari took a deep breath and thought about what a wonderful surprise it might be to jump off the diving board – and he did it! Tell the children to try this technique the next time they feel scared or nervous to try something new.

There are more benefits to these activities than just bringing the story to life. Post reading activities are a great way to build reading comprehension skills. We'll see you next month with our September Literacy Spotlight!