Stories About Me
Your child is the main character in all sixteen stories in this book! As you read the stories aloud, simply read your child’s name into the blanks. He/She will visualize himself/herself having fun, making choices about safety in various situations, and participating in activities that introduce basic math concepts. Measuring a pet, picnicking at a park, experimenting with primary colors, solving a problem in a store, and having fun at a beach are just some of the situations your child will encounter in this book.
The stories are written for children who are approximately 5 through 7 years old, but younger and older children can also benefit from hearing the stories and doing the activities. Most stories involve conversation and interaction between you and your child. The terms Mom and Dad are used for the parent/guardian, but you should substitute the name your child calls you in place of Mom and/or Dad. If you are a single parent, you may omit the name of the other parent and just use your name. When a pronoun is used to refer to your child, you will see parentheses such as (he/she), and you will read the one that is appropriate.
Stories About Me has three sections. In the first section, the Fun and Learning stories entertain your child while demonstrating basic math activities involving fractions, measurement, simple addition, and more. In addition to reading the stories, you may choose to do the activities with your child. The goal is always exposure to the skill; you are building background and vocabulary. Some stories suggest giving the child an item like a ruler or a set of measuring spoons to hold and observe while you read aloud. Pictures of some items are included in the stories. The Safety section allows your child to visualize himself/herself learning or choosing safe behavior in various situations. In the Just for Fun stories, your child will see himself/herself riding a zip line, playing with friends at a birthday party, and more.
As an elementary teacher for thirty years, I would like to emphasize two things that parents/guardians can do to prepare children for success in school. First, read aloud daily to your child from infancy through elementary school. This puts the correct flow of language into your child’s mind, improves vocabulary, imparts knowledge, and helps your child practice visualization, a skill vital for future reading comprehension. In addition, recent research has shown that reading aloud produces good changes in your child’s brain! Regular story time is so important! Second, provide your child with experiences in real life math. Some examples of this are in the Fun and Learning stories in this book. Measure things at home with rulers, yardsticks, and meter sticks, play games with dice, weigh things, and count money. Activities like these can help prepare your child for academics and even give him/her a head start!
I hope you and your child will enjoy Stories About Me.