Dear Parents and Guardians:
Reading to your child every day encourages learning. Reading Ranger Rick Jr. each month can help the child learn numbers, letters, colors, animal names, and so much more. Here are some ways to use the September magazine while spending time with your son or daughter.
Page numbers are found on most of the pages of the magazine. Starting with page 3, ask your child to count to 25 as he or she turns the pages. Some pages do not have the page number (5, 6, 9, 11, 15, 17, 18, and 19), so your child will have to remember those numbers as she counts. You may want to have your child write the missing number on the corner of each of those pages.
Help your child name the animals on pages 24–29. The lizard, crocodile, snake, turtle and other animals are all reptiles. As your child turns the pages, help him understand how these animals are alike. For example, all these animals have skin that is covered with scales instead of feathers or fur.
What color are the different reptiles? Which animal is green with blue stripes? Which animals have orange colors? Asking questions will keep your child interested while looking at Ranger Rick Jr.
Finally, have your child find the first letter of his or her first and last names on these pages about reptiles. On page 24, my first initial (“m” for Mike) is in “may” and “same” and my second initial (“w” for Wilson) is in “world”, “ways” and “how.” In fact, all the letters in “Mike Wilson” can be found on page 24.
Please enjoy reading Ranger Rick Jr. or children’s books to your child every day.
Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.