Actively sharing Ranger Rick Jr. with your child can be lots of fun. Finding colors and objects while you look at the magazine also helps your child learn.
By the time they are three, most children can name many colors. While looking at pages 12-13, ask your child to find animals that are red. Then have her find animals that are other colors you name—orange, blue, green, yellow, and pink.
Page 14 shows six animals that have a color as part of their name. After reading the colors at the top of the page, ask your child to point to each animal and say the color that will complete the animal’s name. Then write the color in the blank space.
On pages 20–25 you’ll find a story about caracal kittens. This story uses poetry to teach children about these wild cats. As you read each verse, give special emphasis to the rhyming words—grass/pass, lunch/crunch, day/play, turn/learn, and rest/best.
After you’ve read the poems through once, go back and ask your child to find things in the photographs that are named in the poems and the fact box. For example:
- “grass” on page 21
- “feather” on page 23
- “black ear” on page 25
Finding colors and objects in Ranger Rick Jr. will help keep your child interested in reading.
Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.