After the long summer, going back to school can feel a bit daunting for our students. The transition can be especially hard for younger children who are less comfortable leaving their families for long days in the classroom. A great way to ease the transition is with read-aloud books. A thoughtful selection of books can facilitate conversations about feelings of nervousness or apprehension, giving parents the opportunity to discuss anxiety and work to turn those nerves into excitement. Books can also serve as a time to model appropriate behavior when sitting and listening to a book. It allows you to talk about expectations, what your child is expecting and what their teacher will expect. Books can also function to front load your child with information and lessons that they will be learning in school. By introducing or revisiting books that focus on early learning subjects, such as alphabet and letter sound books, number books, nursery rhymes, and matching and opposite books, you’re building their confidence and preparing them to succeed.
Here is a selection of books that we at Baby Animal Prints love, most feature our furry friends:
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The holiday season is upon us, which means kids are anxiously awaiting gifts. We’ve put together a list of ideas that will inspire your children to play and explore outside, providing experiences that last a lot longer than the newest trendy toy.
For many of us, the new cycle of the year begins with the first day of school. Fall functions as the welcome to the new rhythm of the year; so it’s nice to witness other new beginnings at this time. Typically fall brings with it a reprieve of the summer heat and leaves begin to color red and yellow, so it is nice to see new life spring forward. It's during this early fall that ring-tailed Lemurs welcome their babies to the world. Newborns cling to their mother’s bellies until they are confident enough to climb onto her back, where they will spend the majority of their first few months before observing survival lessons modeled by their mother. Although they breastfeed for 4 to 6 months, they do begin to climb and look for solid food with mama at about 6 weeks. Lemurs live in troops, groups that can be as small as 3 or as large as 27 lemurs, and are ruled by females. When the male offspring mature they will venture off to find a new troop, but females will typically stay with the troop that they were born into.
Here are some great ways to incorporate lemur creativity into your fall season.