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Atlanta Mayor Launches Summer Reading Club

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is launching a summer reading program featuring our newly published title “Amari’s Adventure”. The reading club is a new program for all children ages birth to eight years of age. The club will work with targeted programs in the city of Atlanta by distributing books at no cost to children and holding reading programs throughout the city this summer. The launch event will be held at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta starting at 10:30 am on June 1, 2013.

Amari’s Adventure takes her to many major landmarks in the city of Atlanta as she begins to realize her own ability to impact the lives of others, regardless of her age and size. Written by The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School and Illustrated by Maurice W. Jackson, Jr., this exciting book is structured to help parents utilize the READ strategy to help parents engage children in reading. Developed by the Atlanta Speech School the READ strategy is a research -based approach parents can use to read books with their children. By using the READ strategy, parents can engage children in conversation, nurture, critical thinking, build language and vocabulary, and help children realize the power of their own voices. For more information on the READ concept take a look at this video.

Also, visit these partners who are supporting the Mayors Reading Club.

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Atlanta Speech School

Amari’s Adventure our newest title!

We are proud to announce the publishing of our latest title “Amari’s Adventure”. Amari’s Adventure is more than the story of a trip to the zoo. It’s also the story of a young child realizing her own ability to impact the lives of others, regardless of her age or size. Amari is a fearless child…

Myplate good for kids nutrition

Myplate good for kids nutrition

Earlier this month the Department of Agriculture replaced the outdated food pyramid with Myplate. Myplate is a simple way to remind yourself to make good food choices. The plate is split into for sections fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins and adds a small cup on the side for dairy products. In fact half of the…

Table Rounds – Extension Activity

Purpose: To encourage social and family discussions during meal times while teaching children proper table manners. What You will Need: Two or more players “We love the Company” book Playing Instructions: •Begin by singing the Table Round song (sung to the tune of the Wheels on the Bus) Keep the conversation going round and round,…

Healthy Eating Habits Story Time – Extension Activity

Purpose: To encourage healthy eating for preschoolers through stories, songs, movement and felt board activities. What You will Need: We Eat Food That’s Fresh! • Flannel Board • Felt Activity Template1 Felt Board Activity and Action Song: •Begin by reading the “We Eat Food That’ Fresh!” book •Felt Board Activity: Healthy eater, healthy eater, what…

Does a Pumpkin Pump? – Extension Activity

Purpose: To engage children and caregivers in creative movement using a play on words. This is designed to be a non-locomotor song, which means that it can be performed with your feet remaining stationary on the floor. What You will Need: Smart & Yummy 1: Good Food Tunes CD One or more children Playing Instructions:…

Shake Mix Pound Roll – Extension Activity

Purpose: To engage children in fun, creative movement activity using sequence and repetition. The interactive CD used in this game is currently featured in Head Start’s “I am Moving. I am Learning.” anti-obesity campaign. What You will Need: We Eat Food That’s Fresh! book Smart & Tasty 1: Good Food Tunes CD One or more…

Place mat Scramble – Extension Activity

Purpose: To teach children proper etiquette and table manners. What You will Need: We Love the Company book Laminated placemat1 Place setting kit Two or more players Playing Instructions: •Show each player the place mat and describe where each item goes on the table. •Put the place mat out of sight and place all the…

Fruits and Veggies Makin Faces – Extension Activities

Purpose: To reinforce positive experiences with fruits and vegetables. Also reinforces shape and color recognition for younger players. Game comes with age-appropriate levels of play designed for ages 5 to adult. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s…worth a taste! What You will Need: We Eat Food That’s Fresh! book Making Faces card game One or…