Seeing a red-breasted robin on the cover of April’s Ranger Rick Jr. is a sure sign that spring has arrived. Here are two ideas for reading the magazine with your child this month.
1. Starting on the cover, show your child the words Raising Robins.
- Ask what those words might mean. What does your child think the story will be about?
- After turning to page 3, explain that a Table of Contents helps you find articles in a magazine.
- Ask your child to locate the page number of the story about Robins.
- Have your child turn to page 6.
- Enjoy reading how robins build nests, gather food, and raise their chicks.
2. On pages 24-25 you’ll find fun activities designed to strengthen your child’s problem-solving abilities and math skills.
- Show your child how to identify the bird that is described in the first clue. Then ask your child to identify the next bird by its color.
- Take turns identifying each of the birds.
- You and your child can also alternate using the text in the birds’ voice bubbles to determine which nest goes with each bird.
- Finally, have your child count the number of eggs in nest A (5). Write that number down. Repeat the process with nest B (4). Ask your child to tell you the total eggs in nests A and B (5+4 =9).
- Encourage your child to count the eggs in nests C, D, and E. Write down the number in each (2, 7, 3). Then ask how many eggs are there all together in these three nests. If your child needs help, break the problem into steps (2+7=9; 9+3=12; 12+9=21).
Enjoy the warm spring weather.
¡Hola! Read in Spanish about different animal skin from pages 16-21 at RangerRick.org/SkinSP
Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.