Parent involvement in a child’s education is critical in early childhood development and helping a child reach their full potential. Supporting evidence is overwhelming. Research shows parent involvement not only leads to higher academic achievement, greater cognitive and problem-solving skills.
Reading to your children also helps develop greater self-control, improved mental health, show advanced social and emotional development, become more resilient to stress, and have more positive relationships with their peers when their parents are involved in their children’s education.
At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, we recognize these tremendous benefits to children, and we strongly encourage and even expect parents to be involved in their child’s preschool education. One of the ways parents can be involved in their education is by reading to them aloud.
Our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Creatively Shine™, consists of fun, engaging monthly themes like “Music and Movement” and “Heart Healthy Lifestyle.”
The theme for May is “Gardening and Horticulture.”
Here is our list of the top 5 books that support our monthly curriculum theme.
What’s That Plant | Author: Cody Crane
All About Spring Plants | Author: M J York
What Happens Next?: Seed to Plant | Author: Scholastic
Willbee the Bumblebee | Author: Craig Smith & Maureen Thomson
The Tale of Peter Rabbit | Author: Beatrix Potter
We ensure reading selections are age-appropriate, and we encourage families to ask their children questions before, during and after the book to help them connect what they heard or read. Fun tip: Ask your children to play or act out the plot. This brings the books to life and makes reading even more fun.
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