April 2024

English Parent Reading Guide

wood ducks on the cover of the April 2024 issue of Ranger Rick JRDear Parents and Guardians:

Reading Ranger Rick Jr. can help your child with colors, letters, and numbers. Here are ideas to use when reading about ducks this month.

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Turn to pages 6–7. Tell your child why male wood ducks are colorful. Ask which of the birds is male. Then have your child name six colors on the male duck. Then point to the female duck. Name the colors on the female.

While on page 6, ask your child to name the letters in “Wood Duck” and say the two words. Which letters are shown twice? Explain that the letter “D” looks different because one is lowercase, and one is uppercase.

On page 8, ask the question “How many eggs are in the nest?” Have your child point to each egg as he or she counts them. How many ducklings are in the tree hole?

Don’t miss the video of ducklings leaving the nest. Fifty feet is the height of a five-story building. The ducklings’ soft feathers cushion their landing.

QR code wood duck videoWatch a video of the ducklings jumping from their nest to the ground below.


animal fun textTurn to pages 24– 25 to read about other ducks and play a matching game.

  • Point to the word “Bufflehead” on page 25. Then name each letter and sound out the bird’s name “BUF”–“UHL”–“HED”.
  • As you point to “Canvasback” have your child say each letter and sound out the name “KAN”­– “VAS”–“BAK”. Repeat naming the letters and sounding out the names of the other birds.
  • Have your child find the duck with a big, round head. Write “6” next to the word “Bufflehead” on page 25.
  • Ask your child to match the rest of the ducks to their descriptions. Write each bird’s number next to its name.

Please continue helping your child learn colors, letters and numbers.

Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.