Some of my favorite childhood memories include my family and a big bonfire. Sometimes we’d make s’mores, sometimes we’d sing or tell stories, and sometimes we’d just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.
Imagine my surprise when, as an adult, I learned that those fun times had a hand in building literacy skills. As you probably know from many previous posts, singing is a great tool for building phonological awareness because the different notes break words down into smaller parts. And telling stories is a great way to work on narrative skills, which are an essential first step towards reading comprehension.
So there’s your excuse for some good ol’ quality time around the fire with the kids. It’s not only fun, it’s a learning experience in disguise. So break out your guitar (or just check out some CDs with great songs for kids), check out some great books for reading aloud or storytelling, and wait for sun down.
And don’t forget about Family Campfire at the library — we’ve got the stories, songs, and (fake) fire, with none of the bugs!