Do you want to improve your child’s language and literacy when reading The Monkey Balloon? Hare are some quick tips….
Work on Prepositions (such as “in”, “under”): When reading The Monkey Balloon emphasize simple prepositions such as “in”, “under”, and “on”.
Retelling the Story: Telling a story is an extremely important skill for any child! After reading the book to your child, ask them to retell specific parts of the story. This will help with your child’s ability to sequence and recall information.
Visual Attention and Awareness: Ask your child to find The Monkey Balloon on each page. Finding specific pictures on each page will help your child’s visual awareness and attention. To increase difficulty, ask your child to find a picture more hidden such as the fish in the ocean, etc.
Expanding Vocabulary: When reading The Monkey Balloon to your child, you are going to naturally teach your child new words and vocabulary. Research says the more you read aloud to your child, the better their vocabulary is!
Sounds: Read with expression! This will help your child understand the story better and keep them engaged. For more information about reading with expression, click here. Encourage your child to use their words and different sounds when reading (e.g. “beep beep” for the school bus).
Pre-literacy skills: Reading aloud to your child when using specific strategies such as print referencing, will expose your child to print. To learn more about using print referencing strategies, click here. To learn how to use print referencing with The Monkey Balloon, click here.
Extended Activities:Work on extended activities such as creating your own Monkey Balloon, having your child color one of our coloring page available here, or check out our other extension activities here.