Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stanley & Tyke Bookman's July Reading Tips

I scream, you scream, we all scream for . . . ice cream!! 

Any time is the right time for ice cream. In 1984, President Ronal Regan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday as National Ice Cream Day!

It makes no difference if you prefer your ice cream in a cup, sugar cone, waffle cone, sundae, banana split or in soda. Ice cream is an all-American treat. But, there is no better day to indulge and enjoy than Sunday, July 17th, National Ice Cream Day.

Did you know that it takes approximately 50 licks to finish one scoop of ice cream? This interesting fact and others are available at www.icecream.com.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? According to the International Dairy Foods Association the top five flavors of ice cream comsumed in the United States are:
1-vanilla
2-chocolate
3-strawberry
4-chocolate chip
5-butter pecan

So, if you need an excuse to enjoy the cool and tasty treat of ice cream, mark your calendar for July 17th and remember that any way you eat your ice cream is the right way.

Reading Tip:
Summer is the perfect time to spend with your little one learning words through environmental print. Environmental print consists of any words/phrases seen in the environment. A few examples are restaurant signs (Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, etc.), logos, and names of products (Cheerios, Lucky Charms, etc.). Many children have a high number of words that they recognize due to the repetition of viewing. They may not know how to read, write, or spell the word but they are able to recognize the word or phrase. Start a chart or journal of all the environmental print words that your little one knows and can recognize. She will be amazed at just how many words she can read.

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