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!
This month, our Infant through 2 Year Olds classrooms are reading Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard. You'll need to print out or draw a picture of the Grumpy Bird. After you're done, in your grumpiest silly voice, give your child simple one-step directions to follow. For example say, “Grumpy Bird says touch your nose!” or “Grumpy Bird says touch your toes!” This activity will help bring the story to life and help your child practice following directions!
The 3 Year Olds to School Aged classrooms are reading The Way I Act by Steve Metzger. For this activity you will need 8 paper plates or pieces of paper and a pencil. You're going to write one of the eight character traits on each paper plate. The traits are responsible, compassionate, active, trustworthy, friendly, respectful, imaginative, cooperative, capable, curious, brave, persistent, and considerate.
After you are done, give the paper plates to your child and discuss what each one means. Talk to your child about the difference between feelings and actions. After you are done give your child examples of situations that relate to the character traits and ask them to raise the paper plate they think the trait your describing is. This will help your child learn how to talk about their feelings, explore new vocabulary, and learn about appropriate ways to act in different situations.
There's 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 April Literacy Spotlight!