The Better Kid Care America eXtension Community of Practice launched a new database of story-stretching ideas for child care providers and parents of young children. The database contains lots of hands-on, ready-to-try ways to extend some favorite children’s stories into additional learning experiences. Kendra Moyses, Michigan State University Extension educator with the Children and Youth Institute, helped revise and format materials from MSUE programs, such as Michigan Better Kid Care and Building Strong Families: Parenting the Preschooler, to help populate the database with activities that take books beyond just reading with young children.
Search or browse these story-stretching ideas to find great ways to expand children’s books with related language and literacy, math, science, art, social skills, music, movement and more. The ideas are especially designed to help young children of different ages expand their learning from children’s books. The story-stretching ideas can be used in many different areas of the curriculum in both child care classrooms, family child care homes and by parents with their young children.
There are three ways to see the story-stretching ideas:
- Search for story-stretching ideas that meet your specific needs.
- View an alphabetical list (by title) of all story-stretching ideas.
- Browse individual story-stretching ideas to see what catches your eye.
Pass on this great resource to families and child care providers that you work with.
The Better Kid Care America Community of Practice is a team of early childhood professionals who are committed to supporting quality child care nationwide and dedicated to helping child care programs improve their quality. Its mission is to actively engage and educate child care providers, parents and community leaders with high quality, Web-based early childhood resources and learning experiences. Extension colleagues throughout the U.S., including Kendra, provide team leadership. Although we’ve reduced our own level of involvement in using the Better Kid Care curriculum, this national consortium makes it possible for us to connect child care providers in Michigan with the value of this program.