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More Than Facts

Reading non-fiction books about the common and uncommon expands on knowledge and vocabulary. Bananas to Bangladesh- your children can connect to it all. Try a little bit of everything and build on your children's interests. Children have an amazing capacity for learning about what they like from dinosaurs to new languages.

Talk
Ask children about things they love. Grow that knowledge through conversation. Discover answers together by looking them up or asking Richland Library!

Play
Have children play at what fascinates them. Do they love stories about food? Have them play at shopping and cooking. Do they love facts about animals? Have them pretend to be a big elephant or a small snail.

Sing
Use songs and rhymes to introduce places, animals and weather.
Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep is in the meadow.
The cow is in the corn.
But where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack.
Fast asleep.

Write
Write down new words learned from the books you share. Let children write/scribble/draw the words along with you. Keep the list to three words at a time. Children tend to learn best through focus and repetition.

Read


Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Amazon Says: Calling all fruit fanatics! Cheer for healthy eating in this fresh and delectable follow-up to Rah, Rah, Radishes! Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes! Savor the f more...
Amazon Says: Calling all fruit fanatics! Cheer for healthy eating in this fresh and delectable follow-up to Rah, Rah, Radishes! Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes! Savor the flavors. Find fruity shapes! Blackberries. Blueberries. Bag a bunch. Strawberry season? Let’s munch-a-munch!      Get ready to go bananas at the market, where the aisles are filled with eye-popping displays of delicious and nutritious fruits. Ripe with a raucous rhyming text and bushels of eye-popping farmer’s market photos, this picture book celebrates the joys of healthy eating. Children will be chanting along in no time—and trying to snatch fruity snacks right off the pages! less...
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Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris
Amazon Says: A hat can say a lot about what people do, about where they live, and about who they are. There's a lot more under a hat than just a head! Dazzling photographs combine with a s more...
Amazon Says: A hat can say a lot about what people do, about where they live, and about who they are. There's a lot more under a hat than just a head! Dazzling photographs combine with a simple text to explore the world in a unique and dramatic way.Perfect for introducing other lands and people and for food, clothing, and shelter units. less...
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