September 2019

Books We Are Reading With Our Kids This Season

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Reading with young children is one of the most beneficial and developmentally enriching activities caregivers can do with their children. As caregivers ourselves, the Fun Van educators know that reading with young children can also feel repetitive when you are reading the same books over and over every day. Now that fall is in the air (theoretically), we want to share a few fun books for you to explore with your little ones!

My son loves reading The Crayons’ Book of Numbers with us. He gets especially excited shouting “oh no!” when the crayons are missing and “Hooray!!” when they are found. He loves it when we give each crayon a slightly different voice. It is a cute story that helps kids with color recognition and counting . -Miss Amber

My daughter just received The Very Noisy Farm Book as a gift and loves it! It’s a very simple story, but the animals have squishy heads that make their respective sounds when pushed. It’s been a great way to connect the animal names to their picture and to encourage mimicking animal sounds. – Miss A.J.

Apple Farmer Annie is a class favorite this session. The story walks readers through Annie’s adventures as an apple farmer during harvest season. Annie picks, sorts, bakes, and sells her apples and returns home to enjoy a break, with an apple of course! This book has a lot of practical applications such as making the recipes Annie makes, sorting apples by different characteristics and talking about where apples come from. – Miss Felicia and Miss Kat

Any book by Matthew Van Fleet is a winner in our house. My daughter learned her body parts reading the book, Heads. There are so many fun flaps and pull tabs to manipulate. – Miss Ashley

Margaret y Margarita is one of my favorite books to use in bilingual classrooms because it encourages children to learn both English and Spanish while also promoting inclusiveness. Children love this sweet story about making friends and it’s fun to see how the characters make their friendship work, even though the both speak different languages. -Miss Georgia

Meet Your Educator: Miss Amber

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Welcome to the Fun Van Miss Amber! Tell us a little more about yourself.

How did you hear about the Fun Van? I heard about Fun Van from a parent who enjoyed the program. I attended an 11 Week session as a parent myself!

What did you do before working at the Fun Van? Before Fun Van I worked in Higher Education with South University and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. I also worked as an early childhood educator from infants up to 12 years old. 

What was your childhood ambition? For a very long time wanted to be a veterinarian or an inventor, then a traveling street musician (I couldn’t figure out how to travel with a cello, though being pulled in a trailer crossed my mind). I eventually realized I wanted to be a teacher.

What book are you currently reading? The 13 ½ Lives of Capitan Bluebear by Walter Moers

What’s your favorite summer beverage or treat? Strawberry Lemonade

What was your favorite toy as a child? I loved my beanie babies and my littlest pet shop animals.

What’s one of your funniest parenting or teaching moments? One of my funniest parenting moments happened while playing with my son. He was trying to fit his hands in my mouth then do the same to his little sister. I reminded him that to be gentle with Mommy and sister, but he was having too much fun. I reminded him that Mommy said to be gentle with his little sister. He rolled his eyes so dramatically that he almost fell over. I was shocked and gasped a little. He thought that was hilarious and rolled his eyes even harder than the first time and made himself fall over. We both giggled and laughed for a while after that.

What’s a fun fact about you? I have a ton of musical instruments stashed around my house: two violins, a cello, flute, clarinet, recorders, multiple guitars, and a keyboard. I can only actually play 3 of those instruments.

What snack is your guilty pleasure? Buttered Popcorn

What do you enjoy most about working at Fun Van? I love watching how families learn and grow together.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy reading and doing arts and crafts.

What advice do you have for parents? Take as much time as you can to be together. Time spent together is super valuable and can be super fun!

What’s one of your favorite books and activities for your Fun Van families? Dragons Love Tacos and dragon masks!

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