Dear Parents and Guardians:
Every Ranger Rick Jr. is chock-full of interesting information about animals. After you explore the fun animal facts, use the magazine to give your child practice with sorting objects and recognizing shapes.
- Turn to “Feathered Friends” on page 6. This article introduces children to the world of birds and helps them understand that not all birds are alike. Birds, like many things, can be sorted into categories based on their shared characteristics. After reading the article, show your child the illustration on pages 12–13. Ask her to sort the birds in the picture into the categories found in the article.
- Extend the sorting activity by asking your child to sort objects in your home, such as spare change, silverware, or articles of clothing.
- Turn to pages 20–21 and ask your child to match the shapes shown to the list of animals. If your child has trouble, give him hints. (A deer has antlers.) Then have your child identify eight more animal shapes (below).
Enjoy the warm spring weather,
Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.