August 2021

English Parent Reading Guide

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope your family is having a fun summer; and I also hope you and your child enjoy these activities as you read this month’s Ranger Rick Jr.

Like people, animals need to find ways to deal with summer heat. Giraffes find shade and brown bears soak in cool water. Turn to pages 6–11 to show your child other ways animals keep cool on hot, summer days.

Then ask your child how he stays cool when it is hot outside. Share with him what you did as a child when the weather was hot and humid. When I was a child, neither our house nor our car had air conditioning. To keep cool, we swam in the river, used hand fans, sat in the shade, and sipped cool iced tea or lemonade.

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After reading about beetles on pages 16–21, turn to page 24. Ask your child to point to one of the beetles. Describe the color of the beetle she picked. Then switch roles—you point to a beetle and she names the colors. Alternate pointing and naming colors for all the beetles.

As you read each clue in the Beautiful Beetles list, have your child place a pencil mark next to the beetle that meets that description. After reading all five clues, ask your child to count how many beetles have been marked and how many beetles do not have a mark. Answers: six and eight.

Enjoy the time you spend this August reading Ranger Rick Jr. with your child.

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