It was rainy and gloomy outside, but inside we were upbeat and filled with happiness as we gathered together for Baby Storytime! Today we talked a bit about making connections between books and life experiences, sometimes referred to as text to life connection. For example, if you are reading a book about a dog and you have a dog in your house or a stuffed animal dog, you might want to point out to your baby that there is a dog in the book and a dog in our house! These connections serve as a meaningful foundation for future learning and development.
We read a favorite of mine today, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. In this story, a young child asks the zoo to send him a pet. No animal is exactly right until the last page! This book lends itself to many text to life connections for little ones, as it is filled with animals and descriptions such as “it was too big,” or “it was too tall.” This would lead to discussions at home talking about big things, tall things and identifying animals. If you are not familiar with this book, check it out. It will bring a smile to your face!