Storytime Spotlight: September Reads

One of the most exciting updates to the FunShine Express curriculum this year was the additional books included in the Fireflies and Buttercups programs. The children’s books are consistently ranked highly on our customer survey as a favorite component. This year we made some changes in order to include an additional book to help you expand your classroom library!

Read more about the September books and why we selected these titles.

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Storytime Spotlight: Hey-Ho, To Mars We’ll Go!

Staring out into the dark, starry night, have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to Mars? At some point in our lives, we all dream about what it would be like to experience weightlessness in space as we travel to distant planets or galaxies. This wonder begins in early childhood as children begin to notice the sun, moon, stars, and clouds in the sky.

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Early Literacy – Writing Development

by Kelley Jilek

Children learn about writing long before they are able to write themselves. They discover more about written language each time they see print in their environment. It was once believed that children would not be able to write until they had mastered the basic aspects of spoken language, but children are “writing” when they experiment with different paint strokes or when they scribble various marks across a paper. We now know all developmental aspects of early literacy (speaking, reading, and writing) build on each other and develop simultaneously.

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Early Literacy – Language Development

by Kelley Jilek

Real People: Black African American Mother Talking with Toddler BoyLiteracy development for preschool children is an important part of providing appropriate early learning experiences. Research has shown repeatedly that literacy is a foundation for all learning and that careful consideration must be given to the types of activities and experiences offered to children in support of this. There are numerous ways to encourage and enhance literacy, particularly through language development, reading, and writing.

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