Dear Parents and Guardians:
As 2014 comes to an end and winter approaches, many of us think of cold and snow. On pages 6 to 11, you’ll find an article about polar bears, an animal that is made to live where temperatures are freezing cold. Use the map on page 6 to show your child where polar bears live near the North Pole. Explain that polar bears have thick fur that acts like a coat to keep them warm and dry. After learning about polar bears, encourage your child to draw and color a picture of a polar bear. (See page 14.)
Every issue of Ranger Rick Jr. has many things that you can use to interact with your child. This month as you talk about the variety of animal eyes on pages 26 to 29, ask what senses people use to “see, hear, smell, taste, and feel” the world around them.
Below is a winter activity to make snowflakes with your child that can be used as holiday decorations. Each paper snowflake will be unique—the same as real snowflakes that are created by moisture in the air freezing as it falls to earth.
Enjoy reading Ranger Rick Jr. and making paper snowflakes with your child.
Mike Wilson, PREP Founder
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.