May 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 Now I Am Big by Stephen Krensky. Talk to your child about what makes them unique. Have each child lay on a sheet of butcher paper and trace around their bodies. Use assorted art materials to decorate the outlines. As you work talk about how the children are the same and how they are different. After you finish cut out the outlines and display them in your home. This activity may be fun to repeat in six months. The children can compare the two pictures and see how much they’ve grown!

The 3 Year Olds to School Aged classrooms are reading When Sophie's Feelings are Really, Really, Hurt by Molly Bang. Discuss different feeling words such as angry, sad, excited, and happy. Ask your child to tell you about how they are feeling today. They may need help with using “feelings” words. Then provide the child with paper and assorted types of paint. Invite them to create a “feelings picture” like Sophie from the story. When they finish, talk about how different they all are!

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 June Literacy Spotlight!