Check for comprehension by asking questions about what your child sees and hears in the story. Asking the questions in the same tone as you are reading makes this less like a lesson, and just plain fun! An example is: "Oh, my! What is going on here?" "Does that cow look happy?" If your child's answer makes sense, even it if is a different interpretation than yours, accept it and move on. If you are unsure, ask follow up questions like, "Why do you think he looks happy?" You just might end up seeing something you missed. Resist the urge to correct the answer unless it is clearly wrong and then only do so playfully, like "Hmmmm...that's an interesting way to look at it. I thought he looked sad because he has tears in his eyes."
Games and Fun
Download the file below, print it in color (on heavy paper or cardstock, if possible, for durability), and laminate if desired. After cutting apart the animal and food images, have your child match them to the correct color on the color board.
1) Play duck, duck, moose - see the video on the second page of the Instagram post at the top of this blog post.
2) Click on the link below to watch a YouTube video demonstrating a group of children playing the traditional game of "duck, duck, goose." Simply change the word "goose" to "moose" to extend the fun from the book.!