Supercharge Summer Storytime - 4 Activities Guaranteed to Make Young Kids Race for a Book

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Would your young child rather spend summer vacation vegging in front of the television or playing with friends, instead of reading? If so, it’s crucial that you find ways to make reading interesting and fun – your child’s future literally depends on it! Studies show that children who have parents or teachers read to them perform 10 percent and higher on Word Frequency Evaluation Tests and Standardized Tests.

“Books help children think,” says Sandy Parker, mother of two and author of the children’s book What Month Is It? “Incorporating activities like those included in the ‘What Month Is It?’ Curriculum Guide help children see beyond what is there.”

A passionate literacy advocate in her home state of Iowa, Sandy reads her books to groups in schools, bookstores and libraries and incorporates the use of phonics, games, activities, and crafts to make the reading come alive. Here she offers four of her favorite ways to keep kids on their toes:

1. Play charades and act out the adjectives and nouns from the book.

2. Go on a scavenger hunt and have your children find items that start with the same letter as a word chosen from the story.

3. Have your children write a story about an illustration from the book. Why are the people there? What are they doing? Why? Where are they from? Where are they going?

4. Encourage them to close their eyes and imagine going to a special place. Then ask them to draw a picture of the place they imagined.

“Keep storytime lively and set your children up for success!” says Sandy. Discover even more ways to help your kids make the most of storytime.

Visit http://www.JustThinkBooks.com and get a FREE sample page from the What Month Is It? Curriculum Guide!

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