I've been staying with my husband's family at a beach house in Michigan. There is a gaggle of people around- cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. My social toddler is in heaven. Every morning when she gets up she says, "people, people. go, go." And every night before bed (and before each nap), she makes her rounds saying "night, night" to all of her people, hamming every second of this up, of course. Being at a house with the possibility of continuous interactions excites my extroverted 20 month old. There is always someone to be silly with, go to the beach with, or pick up a book and read to her and her other cousins.
Her cousin brought with him a new favorite of ours, Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. My husband and I have read it to our daughter several times. Young ones will enjoy the emphasis on zoo animals, and everyone, young and old, will appreciate the sneaky antics of the escapist gorilla.
My sister-in-law mentioned that its' a great book for free-styling and embellishment. I agree. There are few words on each page, but a lot of drama is created with the illustrations. It would be a great book to practice inferential thinking with preschoolers ages 3-6. Even though my daughter at 20 months isn't ready to verbalize her inferential thinking, I try to use cognitive modeling, or speaking my thoughts, to help her along.
It's been a fun treat to be around so much family, especially for my daughter to have the opportunity for multiple read alouds every day!
Watch the embedded video below:
And check out this link at First School for printables and activities for Good Night, Gorilla.
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Be Well! Read On!
Hi friends! This blog is for teachers and families- all for the sheer joy of literacy. When we are enthusiastic about reading and writing our students and our own kids become excited to read and write. I hope that we all can be models for those in our care- how did you show your passion for reading, writing, learning, language, or words today?? It's in those small, daily moments that we teach kids to love literacy.