As your Lil’ gets older and enters school, you will see that there is a HUGE focus on reading in education. While educators certainly think the math and sciences are important, there is a much larger focus on reading. Their lesson planning sessions are heavily focused on reading skills. Even when I was the math and science teacher, I went to training after training on ELA (English Language Arts). So why is reading so important? Why do we focus so much energy on ELA?
Well, if you are able to read, you can learn just about anything. In other words, once you learn to read, you can read to learn.
I am telling you this because now is the most critical time to instill a love for learning in your Lil’. The more they love it, the more they will want to learn to read on their own (when the time comes.) That want to learn to read will only benefit your Lil’ when they start to read independently.
With that said, check out this month’s book of the month below!

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*If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a classic children’s book. This book is about a little boy who gives a mouse a cookie and all of the events that follow such a simple act.
As you read this book with your Lil’, you just might want to enjoy a cookie, but be careful. If you give a Lil’ a cookie, they’re going to ask for a glass of milk.

Teacher Tip

If you enjoyed this book, be sure to check out Laura Numeroff’s entire If You Give… Book series. She has written many books in this format and they all work perfectly for this month’s theme.


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