Choo Choo! We have rolled through this Month with a TRAIN theme, complete with MATH, READING, CRAFTS, and SCIENCE activities for preschoolers all about trains.
2. Exploring Magnets with Trains; Simple Science
3. Learn to Read with Trains
4. Preschool TRAIN Math Activities
5. Name Train Craft and Snack
As a kindergarten teacher, I would read a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature out loud to the children in my classroom on a daily basis. Studies have shown that there are numerous benefits to reading out loud to your children including language, word knowledge, rhythm of words, and a caring bond with the care-giver. As a parent, I try to apply this same philosophy in our home, by purchasing or checking out from the library an assortment of both fiction and non-fiction text. It is important to read a variety of different books with your kids!
Don’t forget to talk about the story and pictures as you read. Make predictions. Ask questions!
Fiction Books Train Books
Non-fiction Books Train Books
My 2 oldest children LOVE learning about trains. Trains are a great topic to introduce your children to using a non-fiction text. We actually own 5 out of the seven pictured books in this section and read them often! I keep them in the wooden train storage bin for easy play extensions. See if the books you choose have a glossary or an index. Grab a fiction and a non-fiction story about trains and compare the two. How are they similar? How are they different? What clues tell our little readers that they are reading real information, and not a made-up story? These conversations are important in developing reading skills.