Extend the story to explore various modalities of learning. The more ways a child is able to experience a topic, the better the retention of information. Visual and auditory learning are the most obvious, as children hear and see the story, but try expanding on this with tactile (touching), verbal, and social lessons to name a few. Using the stories read this week, some examples might include: Tactile - make a homemade pizza, allowing your child to knead the dough, spread the sauce, and sprinkle the cheese, Verbal - ask questions and allow your child time to relate answers (sometimes it is best to read the story through a first time, before re-reading and asking questions as this allows for a better flow of understanding), Social - take a friend along on your next visit to the pizza place!
Songs and Movement
Pat a cake, Pat a cake, Pizza man
(clap to the rhythm)
Make me a pizza as fast as you can
(toss imaginary pizza dough in the air)
Sprinkle it with cheese
Put it in the oven
(open the "door" and push the pizza in)
And bake it fast, please!