Happy TigerKubz family spending quality time together reading aloud on couch sharing a storybook with toddler and preschooler

We are a proud partner of Read Aloud 15 to help remind parents of the importance of daily reading aloud starting at birth. For just 15 minutes a day, you can make a difference. According to Read Aloud, research shows that reading aloud the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning. Birth to age 3 are critical years in the development of language skills. You help grow vocabulary and knowledge for your child. You can start reading aloud with the Read Aloud’s 21 Day Challenge. With that said, I’ll introduce you to an interactive read aloud Readatron-15 activity from Read Aloud and this can be part of your ‘read aloud’ curriculum.

What is Readatron-15

Readatron-15’s role is to show you how important reading skills are for child’s success in school. It is to help remind you that how beneficial reading is for child’s mind. It shows important it can be for subjects such as art and music as well. You’re building readiness that comes all together. Be consistent and make it fun. And reading doesn’t have to be a book, it can be anything. Remember that you are your child’s first and most important teacher.

Interactive Read Aloud
I grew up in the 80’s and my favorite shows as a kid were usually about robots, and often ones that combined using their unique abilities to create one big robot to defeat evil. It is time to think about that same level of unity ” – Bryan of Read Aloud

Assembling The Paper Robot

Download the Readatron-15 Paper Robot Activity From Read Aloud Here

You can also find more Read Aloud’s activities at their site as well.

Interactive Read Aloud Is Important For Kids and Preschoolers

Benefits Of Play Based Learning

The goal in early childhood education should be to strengthen cognitive and social development. In early childhood, playful learning includes exploration and engagement. Engagement is especially import because by participating in your child’s play will help build strong family bonds. Moreover, play based learning helps develop curiosity, language, and social emotional skills in children. New York State Education Development has a tip sheet how as a parent you can explore and engage in play with your child. Click here to learn more about benefits of play based learning.

Type of Play and Highlighted Benefits Of Play Based Learning

Benefits Of Play Based Learning
credits to nysed.gov

To sum it up, play has physical, cognitive, and social benefits. Active playing helps develop fine and gross motor skills. Also, play helps cognitive thinking; problem solving, independent thinking, hand-eye coordination, and more. Children are constantly exploring, observing and processing new information in their play. Social benefits from playful activities such as hide and seek help build skills like communication, negotiation, and self awareness. You’re also forming strong family bond together.

Benefits Of Play Based Learning
Benefits Of Play Based Learning

How to Strengthen Play Experience

  • Plan activities that encourage participation and maximize children’s interests and skills. (How Learnings Kits Helped Me Teach My Preschooler)
  • By participating in play and following children’s lead.
  • Engage in conversations that deepen children’s understanding of content knowledge .
  • Rotate and provide new materials, play ideas, and task-based explorations.
  • Balance out the curriculum and schedule to include play experiences. (Enroll in our Free Preschool Curriculum)

Benefits Of Play Based Learning in Early Childhood

First Book Marketplace

First Book Marketplace believes that the best way out of poverty for children in need is through education. For that reason, First Book Marketplace offers quality new books, and educational resources at deeply discounted prices to organizations and educators. First Book aims to remove barriers to quality education for all kids. Books are provided to schools and programs serving children in need, ages 0-18 for free and at low cost. To date, First Book has distributed more than 200 million books and educational resources to schools serving children from low income families.

Hear the story from an educator in Baltimore showing First Book’s impact first-hand.

We were just not aware of all of the offerings that First Book had. We thought that First Book was just books. First Book supplies your classroom from top to bottom. It’s not just a resource for the classroom, but it’s a resource for our parents, our community, and anyone else who is interested in educating our students.
— ChaĂ© Carriere, Field Representative, Baltimore Teachers Union

How Do I Know If I Am Eligible To Sign Up?

If you work at or represent one of the following organizations/programs, you are eligible to sign up with First Book:

  • An emergency program supporting low-income families in response to COVID-19.
  • Head Start
  • Title I or Title I eligible School
  • USDA Food and Nutrition Program
  • Federally Qualified Health Center
  • Title VII recipient
  • Military family support program
  • Library with an E-rate of 90
  • A program primarily serving children with disabilities
  • A program where at least 70% of children come from low-income families.
First Book Marketplace

If I Am A Parent, Am I Eligible To Sign Up?

No, you can’t sign up unless you’re an educator. However, you should check with your school or program if they’re registered with First Book. If your school or program is, your child will be able to get free and low-cost new books and educational resources.

I think I’m Eligible, How Do I Sign Up?

If you’re a eligible, you can sign up for First Book here for free. Once you create an account, you’ll have access to the deeply discounted brand new books available on First Book Marketplace. You’ll also be added to email list to receive notifications about additional benefits including funding opportunities.

Support Children’s Reading With These Free Storybook-based Activities

TigerKubz supports First Book Marketplace mission by removing barriers to quality education resources for all kids. At TigerKubz’s, we empower parents with tools to engage their child in educational activities. We aim to enrich early childhood education through fun and educational engaging activities. We are also free providing comprehensive guidance to parents and hands-on products that are engaging to keep active children.

First Book Marketplace Provides Educational Resources At Deeply Discounted Prices

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is to celebrate the end of a successful rice harvesting season and to hope for another successful season next year. The festival is celebrated in many countries in Asia such as  China, Japan, Vietnam, and more. In Japan, it’s called Tsukimi (Moon-Viewing). In Korea, it’s Chuseok (Autumn Eve).

As part of the mid-autumn festivities, families typically eat mooncakes and light up lanterns. The lanterns come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. You can decorate lanterns with anything, from traditional to fun designs. Likewise, you can do the same with mooncakes and decorate colorfully. Above all else, make Mid Autumn Festival for kids fun so everyone in the family enjoys it.

Below, you will find ideas to celebrate the mid-autumn festival that is great for both kids and the whole family!

Make Decorative Mid-Autumn Festival Paper Lantern Crafts for Kids

Paper Lanterns

Mid autumn festival for kids
Credits to goodyfoodies

You’ll first need to get some paper lanterns and you can easily find those at amazon. After you get the paper lanterns, let your kids decorate freely. And for that, I gathered some designs you can look for inspiration.

Angry Birds Lantern
Credits to KarasPartyIdeas

Picture Books in English for Preschoolers Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid autumn festival for kids

Round is a Mooncake
By Rosemary Thong, Illustrated by Grace Lin

A little girl’s urban neighborhood becomes a discovery ground for all things round, square, and rectangular in this lyrical picture book. Most items are Asian in origin, others universal: round rice bowls and a found pebble, square dim sum and the boxes that the pizzas come in, rectangular Chinese lace, and a very special pencil case.

Perfect for read-aloud or one-on-one sharing. Lesson Plans can be found here.

Mid autumn festival for kids

Bunny Lune
By Kae Nishimura

Bunny Lune gets a letter from his Japanese friend, Pyonko, about her Otsukimi celebrations and how rabbits are an important part of the lunar holiday. Soon, Lune becomes obsessed with going to the Moon himself. Does he achieve his dream?

Chuseok for kids

Korean Celebrations: Festivals, Holidays and Traditions
By Tina Cho, Illustrated By Farida Zahman

This book allows children to experience Korean culture firsthand by involving them in games, crafts, stories, foods and other activities including preparing and enjoying delicious Songpyeon—sweet dumplings that everyone loves to eat on Chuseok.

Mid-Autumn Festival For Kids