You already know that you can use Ranger Rick Jr. to teach your child about animals and to develop his or her reading skills. You can also use the magazine as a catalyst to explore your child’s likes and dislikes and to improve his or her eye-hand coordination.
Try these activities as you look at the magazine together this month.
Young snow monkeys do many of the same activities your child may like to do. As you read pages 6–11, ask your child questions such as:
- Monkeys have a thick fur coat to keep them warm. What do you do to keep warm when it is cold?
- Monkeys eat bark. Do you eat anything that grows on trees? (Possible answers include fruits and nuts.)
- Snow monkeys like soaking in hot springs. Do you like taking a bath? Going to the swimming pool?
- Young snow monkeys like to play in the snow. Do you like to play in the snow? What do you like to do in the snow?
Coloring can help develop your child’s fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Look at the children’s drawings on page 30. Then encourage your child to draw a picture of a favorite animal and help her or him send the drawing to:
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Thank you for sharing Ranger Rick Jr. with your child.
Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.