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It’s that time of year again; are you ready for school? Is this your first experience sending your child off to school? It makes us smile as we think about backpacks and lunch boxes and the eager smile of anticipation as your child waves goodbye and begins their new adventure!
You might be wishing you could sneak a peek as your little learner moves through their day. Did they line up, visit the library, sing about the weather, listen to a story or share with a friend? You’ll want to know about all of these experiences and more! Getting your little one in the practice of sharing about their day is a wonderful form of expressive development. Sharing their experiences can happen in a variety of ways, and we’ve shared our post on creating an experience book that you could start with your child.
In this LSL by the Season book series, we focus on two types of books. Two of the books can help you begin conversations that compare your child’s school experiences with those from the stories. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten will help you extend the talk about your child's classroom so you can learn more about the space where your child spends most of their day. Knowing classroom language will contribute to school success. Also, Splat and the Cool School Trip will get your child ready for classroom outings with classmates and friends where your child will be away from school.
The other books, Mouse Paint, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Go, Dog. Go! are popular books for the youngest of school students. The activities help provide practice and extensions for learning as your child learns their colors, letters and prepositions.
“Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten” by Joseph Slate
For ages 3-5. It’s back to school time! Find out how the kids in this fun rhyming book get ready! Watch Miss Bindergarten as she readies her classroom for them!
“Splat and the Cool School Trip” by Rob Scotton
For ages 4-8. Splat is ready for his school field trip to the zoo! Everyone is excited to see their favorite animal. Read about Splat’s favorite and what happens when he doesn’t get to see them.
“Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh
For ages 2-3. Three curious mice have playtime in paint! See the discoveries they make as they accidentally mix colors.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
For ages 4-8. Join the letters of the alphabet as they race each other to the top of the coconut tree! Will there be enough room?
“Go, Dog, Go!” by P.D. Eastman
For ages 3-7. Dogs are on the go! All different shapes, sizes and colors of dogs are busily going about their business in this lively book.
The other cool thing about all of these books is that each book’s focus can really address the goals you have for your child. Maybe you’ll focus on rhyming and letter sounds. Maybe you’ll be more interested in describing locations or following familiar commands. No matter the book, you can open the door for extending conversations with your child.
We wish you a terrific school year ahead and hope you’ll keep literacy the priority with reading aloud and sharing books that will keep conversations with your child going.
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