Tell your children about events that happened when you were growing up. If the children are young, have them make a crayon or marker drawing of some of their favorite stories of your youth. Write a simple caption for each picture. They will remember the story and the caption and as if they were "reading" when they see this work of art you have created together. With all ages of children, model comparing the stories from your past with some of the things that happen in the books you read together. This will help them learn to make connections with things they read -- and build better comprehension.
Animals and People
Nothing inspires greater love in a child’s heart than a pet or a favorite animal. Books about pets and other animals can be as special as the animals themselves. From real animals to more fantastic, humanlike animals who speak, the animals in books draw children into reading as almost nothing else can. Animals are part of the human family, and reading about them sends your child up the learning ladder as he/she enjoys the stories.
Many animal books are part of a series, so reading one book about a particular animal often leads to reading more and more. Reading books about animals also helps children learn about all aspects of life: from responsibility to the joys of a loving companion to coping with the loss of a family member. Share learning and our natural love for animals with your family as you share this month’s theme.