Any time is a good time for an adventure, but spring and summer seem to bring up a thirst for new experiences.
Do you and your family have songs that you enjoy singing together? Well, don’t stop, because singing with your child or children can help develop their early reading skills.
Musician Nancy Stewart, on her amazing website www.singwithourkids.com, explains how:
If the many wet, gray days of a northwest winter dampen your spirits, think of Frederick the mouse in Leo Lionni’s classic picture book Frederick: “While the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts for winter, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself. ‘I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days,’ he tells them.
Looking for something to do over winter break? Worried about finding presents for the people in your life? Do not despair--there is still time to create something fun for--or with--your family and friends, while using your imagination and creativity. And you can create while recycling old t-shirts, yarn, CDs and more!
Flaps to lift, tabs to pull, wheels to turn, an image springing out of a book when you turn the page—you may find any or all of these in a movable book.
My earliest memory of movable books is pulling a tab to help Hansel and Gretel’s father chop wood by moving his arm up and down. The book was one of dozens created by Czech artist Vojtech Kubasta and one of two that my sisters and I read almost to pieces. I still enjoy reading pop-up books myself and sharing them with others, especially during storytime!