Welcome to this year’s A to Z Challenge! This year I’m talking Child Care. I’ll be blogging topics related to my many years in the family home daycare profession. I hope you can find a tidbit of information that is useful in caring for children whether you’re a parent, grand or another important person in a child’s life. And to end each post, I’ll share a bit of my creative side/relaxation time. Taking time for yourself is good for your health–both yours and your family’s 😉
Rounding ’em up for reading is, as you may have already read, done with rugs in my daycare setting. In the event I ever get to open again –I’m being dramatic– I have some ideas I’ll be trying to change it up. These are from scouring the Internet that first few days of Sheltering In and maybe you’ll find something that appeals to you as well. I’m pairing the sitting spot idea with a particular story just for a way to extend the story and make it memorable.
- Place Mats–Moo Cow, Moo Cow, Please Eat Nicely by Jo Lodge
- Alphabet Post-its–Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
- Fruit Themed Napkins(homemade from fabric)–The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Laminated animal shapes– Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
- Seed Packets laminated to cardstock– The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
- Cartoon monster faces(hand drawn by each child)– The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
- Steering Wheel Shapes from cardboard/recycled cereal boxes– Pete the Cat The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean
- Bandanas — Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis and Ora Eltan
- Mittens — The Mitten by Jan Brett
- Hats–Caps for Sale — by Esphyr Slobodkina
- Empty berry baskets — Jamberry by Bruce Degan
These are just a few ideas. My list is quite a bit longer but I’ll save more for another time. I hope it inspires you to find a physical object to connect reading to your young children. Making connections visually can help create good readers who will have better comprehension. I hear about children who read but are not letting the words sink in so to speak. If we begin early with simple steps, it can help spark that fire!