Set the stage for a great adventure right at home – and a love of reading to boot.
People who know me well, know that I’m not a camper. There is a long list of things I don’t love about camping, but I also know that a wide variety of experiences are essential in literacy development.
I love so many things that the experience of camping brings to the table. When kids in my classroom come back from a camping trip, they are full of excitement and bubbling with stories to tell, usually involving rich language.
Create a camping scene for your child in your own backyard, or even inside if the weather is not cooperating. Set up the experience with a few key items:
Now you’ve got a great camping experience right at home!
These simple crafts will add creativity to your experience and provide more opportunities to develop language skills:
As your child is playing, ask what they will use certain camping tools for. See if they can tell a story, integrating their tools. Ask your child to put on a play for you. This is a great opportunity to integrate new vocabulary words into play and see if your child can tell a story from beginning to end.
Here are a few great books to go along with your camping fun: