Every month Ranger Rick Jr. introduces children and their families to animals from around the world. As you and your child look at the magazine, talk about ways animals are similar to and different from people.
For example, on page 4, point to the snake swallowing the whole egg and ask how people eat eggs. The koala, found on the same page, sleeps most of the day. Ask your child how many hours he or she sleeps each day. Then ask why a sea otter might need such thick fur. (They live in very cold water.)
If your child shows a particular interest in one of the animals shown in the magazine, help him or her to find more information. You can visit the library to check out books about the animal. Or you can search the Internet for the animal you want to learn more about. You are likely to find many videos and articles that will help you encourage your child’s interest in animals.
Children who are curious to learn more about the kangaroos and dolphins shown in Ranger Rick Jr. this month may enjoy watching the following videos. You can access them by typing the address into your browser or by scanning the QR code with the QR reader on your phone.
Learn more about kangaroos at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nQzs_4WhO0
Discover how dolphins can interact with humans at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jmXcfRXjDI
Enjoy the animals,
Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.