“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”-Victor Hugo
Georgetown Hill will be immersed in fairy tale worlds and folk tale traditions during the month of December! Our themes for December focus on exposing GHES children at all age levels to a variety of literature so they can learn different vocabulary, experience different imagery, and expand their imaginations! Reading stories, poems, and nursery rhymes with children introduces them to the complex nature of language and helps them acquire important literacy skills. Reading also helps to support children’s concentration and builds the areas of the brain tied to memory. Social-emotional skills are strengthened too as children develop empathy and learn cause-and-effect through the characters’ experiences. During the month of December:
- Infants and toddlers are learning familiar nursery rhymes that will introduce new sounds and fun characters
- The Twos are reading fairy tales and fables and will be exploring castles, building houses with Little Pigs, and chasing the Gingerbread Man!
- The Threes are doing an Author Study, so each Threes class will be seeing the world through the eyes of different authors!
- Pre-K and T-K are traveling the world to read folk tales and fables from different countries. Many cultures share similar stories so the children will be able to compare the similarities and differences between them.
If you’re looking for some good books to read aloud at home, check out the list here: http://www.readingrockets.org/booklists/great-read-alouds-preschoolers. The Reading Rockets website also has other themed booklists and tips for reading with children of different ages.