Posted: Monday, October 22, 2007, 9:00 am
(Length: 6 min, 6 sec)
A tortoise demonstrates why slow and steady wins the race, while helping to increase your child's early literacy skills.
This is a fun story for 3- to 6-year-olds. During the story, children can move in place slowly like the tortoise and quickly when the hare is featured. Explain that a tortoise is like a turtle and a hare is similar to a rabbit. This will enlarge your child's vocabulary, which in turn will help with word recognition once s/he starts reading.
Other things you can do to help build vocabulary are:
- Make a game of trying to list all the animals you know.
- Go to the zoo or look at a book to discover some animals you are not familiar with.
- Try imitating the way some of the animals move.