Helping Your Child to Love Reading!

Inspired by the post earlier this week, I scoured through Pinterest in order to find some great tips  for your kids from professional readers (well, semi-professional anyway). Take a look at some of these links and see if anything catches your eye.

1) Using Art and Drawing to Help Your Kids with Vocabulary

 

2) Practical Advice from a Mom to Encourage Reading

 

3) A Teacher Shares Some Great Ideas for all Kinds of Readers!

Happy reading friends!

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Kids Nook Reads: Tea Cloud Monkeys

I know most of the time we review picture books here on Kids Nook, but this week I thought I’d break the mould with Tea Cloud Monkeys. There are still some gorgeous illustrations in this touching story, including the beautiful cover. Just look at it! Don’t you want to know what’s inside? Well read on through to get a taste of what’s to come…

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by Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham
Illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
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Ever Been to a Farm?

Have you ever been to a farm? When you live in a big city like Istanbul it’s a bit difficult to find one, so here at Kids Nook we try to give the kids the full farming experience with our Old McDonald sensory games.

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 First we have them build farms for all the animals, including Mommy Animals and Baby Animals.

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Then as thanks, the chickens give us eggs…

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The cows gave us milk…

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And we made some great cakes! Yum!

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What kind of farm games do you like to play? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kids Nook Reads: The Magical Snow Garden

I’ll admit it: I adore this book. I’m a bit of a winter grouch, and the reason is that I love the bright and beautiful colors that come in springtime and summer. With all that said, is it really any surprise that I chose this story about an adorable penguin making his own garden for this week’s book recommendation?

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The Magical Snow Garden 
Written by Tracey Corderoy
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
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What Do We See? A Brown Bear!

How many animals and colors could you recognize? Well thanks to Eric Carle’s Brown Bear the kids here at Sensory Storytime know quite a few!

brown bear 4We read the story together and then afterwards took our own little Brown Bears (and his friend the Black Sheep) out for some special activities.

brown bear 1Mmm-mmm! What’s more appetizing than eating treats in a special color sequence?

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Next we built little vacation homes for our bears and his animal frlends (can you see the white dog?)

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A perfect get-away for a bear and his friends!

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