May 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Research shows that when children do activities related to materials they are reading, their interest and comprehension increases. Try doing these simple activities as you and your child read Ranger Rick Jr. 

  1. After you read the facts about the six animals in That’s Wild! on pages 4–5, help your child write the names of the six animals. Then turn to page 13 and look at the WORD SEARCH activity. Show your child how to find the word BUDGIE. Then let him or her find CAT. Alternate with your child to find the other four words: DOG, GOLDFISH, HAMSTER, and RABBIT.

  1. On a rainy day when you are indoors with your child, reread the “Ricky and Pals” story on pages 26–29. Talk about the activities Ricky and his friends did on the sunny days and on the rainy days.

Encourage your child to use crayons to draw his or her favorite animals–from this story or from other pages of Ranger Rick Jr.  Submit your child’s drawing to Ricky here or mail it to:

Ricky’s Mail
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA  20190

(Include your name, address, and age on the back of your drawing.)

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