April 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!

This month, our Infant through 2 Year Olds classrooms are reading Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions by Jeremy Tankard. Read the book Making Faces with a small group of children. Invite them to join in on the movement rhyme below. Make sure to participate with the; they are always watching! For children that are not yet mobile, get down on the floor and help them with the actions.

Sometimes on my face, you’ll see, (point to face)
How I feel inside of me. (point to chest)
A smile means happy, (smile)
A frown means sad. (frown)
And gritting teeth, means I’m mad. (grit teeth)
When I’m proud, I beam and glow, (smile)
But when I’m shy my head hangs low. (Bow head)
by Karen Folk

The 3 Year Olds to School Aged classrooms are reading One of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. After the story ask the children if they have ever had one of the days like those described in the book. What happened? How did it make them feel? As they talk, make sure to help them with feelings vocabulary. Use simple words such as mad, sad, angry, scared, or disappointed. Then ask the children about things that they did to make them feel better. Some ideas might be to talk to a trusted adult about how they are feeling, giving themselves a “time-in” to practice deep-breathing techniques, or getting a hug from a loved one. Remind them that it’s okay to have a bad day because they get to start over tomorrow!

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 May Literacy Spotlight!