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Listen to Graham, son of Kate in the Marketing Department, as he reads about the importance of patience. Can you guess what the surprise will be at the end of I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony?
Story time can be extra special when an older sibling reads to younger family members. Watch 8-year old Brooklyn make the alphabet come alive as she reads one of everyone’s favorites, Chica Chica Boom Boom. Then turn your house into alphabet land by finding things that begin with each letter.
When children have their favorite stories read to them over and over again, they are able to hear more than just the words being spoken. They can focus on what is happening in the story, gaining a better sense of comprehension with every read. They start to memorize the story and can hear the rhythms and patterns of language. The skills children acquire while listening and retelling their favorite stories set the foundation for a confident reader. Watch as 5-year old Emilia, the daughter of Education Team member Karen, reads her favorite story. Then sing the song with your child as they hold up their fingers to show how many monkeys are jumping on the bed.
One of the hardest parts about not going to school is being separated from friends. While your child loves being with you, they miss being with children their own age. Watch 4-year old Olivia read the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Olivia is Jodie’s daughter, one of our Education Team members, and is home from school, too. After you listen to the book together, play a game of “Find the Color.” Go through your house and see who will be the first one to find all of the colors mentioned in the book.