You’ll frequently read about my daughter in my blog posts and newsletter, so in the spirit of #WFH, I decided to start making videos with her. Throughout, we will engage with the text and each other, in a process known as Dialogic Reading, which is a super-fancy way of saying we have a conversation about the book we are reading as we read it. Dialogic Reading is an important and effective way of increasing your child’s pre-reading skills and early literacy. And, it’s fun. While you read, don’t just read to your child. Ask them questions. Discuss pictures. Have them guess what happens next. Don’t just read, engage.
Our Daddy-Daughter Storytime train chugs along the track, the books connecting back to Dooby Dooby Moo on 5/12:
Dooby Dooby Moo (farm with precocious animals) -> Chicken in Space (farm with precocious chicken “going to space”) -> Zelda’s Big Adventure (another chicken going to space, with a dash of The Little Red Hen) -> today!
Today we read The Little Red Fort, written by Brenda Maier, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, and read with permission of Scholastic. The Little Red Fort takes the classic Red Hen story – the red hen wants to bake bread but no other animals will help her with any of the process; they want to eat the bread when it is done; and she tells them no, since they didn’t do any of the work – and brings turns it into a modern #girlpower story, with a positive ending for all.
Ruby wants to build a fort, but her lazy brothers not only don’t want to help, but they tell her that she doesn’t know how. Her response, “I’ll learn.” And so she does. Ruby learns drafting in her father’s studio and how to use tools and build the fort from her mother and grandmother. It’s a fantastic story showing a motivated, determined young girl with positive adult influences, male and female, sharing skills not usually demonstrated in literature by those genders. Finally, after the fort is built, her brothers, of course, want to play in it. And like the Red Hen of the original tale, Ruby says no, but, unlike the original, her brothers learn from their actions. They paint the fort, build flower boxes, and a mailbox which leads to them all enjoying the fort together.
On Tuesday, we’ll stay with the Little Red Hen, but go back to a wildly artistic version of the classic story.