TELL ME A TALE (Episode
A snowstorm keeps Shun, Emily Elizabeth, and Nina from going outside
to play. Shun thinks of a fun way to relieve their boredom.
Ideas to Grow On: Help Others
Children can learn many important lessons and language skills
by reading, watching, or hearing a story. But one of the greatest
indicators of comprehension, or understanding, is when children
repeat or retell stories from the heart. The following activities
- language and literacy skills
- understanding and appreciating diversity skills
Celebrations to Celebrate!
Take advantage of wintry days inside by reading books with your
child that teach about the uniqueness of cultural holidays and
traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Check for comprehension
by encouraging your child to share knowledge from each reading.
Bring these holidays to life by attending local festivals or celebrations.
No winter day could be boring after reading Clifford's First Christmas by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic). Help your child identify the story's characters (people and animals), setting (where the story takes place) and plot (what happens). Discuss how Clifford's holiday celebration is the same as or different from your family's. Then spend some fun time drawing an image from this fun Christmas story about Clifford's first Christmas holiday.
Celebrate more stories of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa by reading:
The First Night by B.G. Hennessy (Viking Press); The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)
What is Hanukkah? by Harriet Ziefert (Harper Collins Juvenile Books); Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Nayer (Troll Communications)
My First Kwanzaa by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate (Cartwheel Books); My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz (Henry Holt and Company)