Say Hello!

Tips for "Say Hello!"

As You Read:

Make story time interactive by encouraging your child to say hello to each character as Carmelita greets them on the street. When she sees Joseph and says "Jambo", ask your child, "Can you say 'Jambo' to Joseph too?" After a few prompts, your little one might just start greeting them without any instruction from you.


Extending the Story:

Get up and moving with this fun "Hello Song" from LeapFrog that will give your little one some more context about each greeting and where they're from. You can help give more context by also identifying people in your child's life that might be from these different countries as well. You can say "You know, Aunty used to live in China. That is very far away in Asia." Your child might not understand the concept of maps and countries yet, but it is still helpful to prime your child and give them an idea of how near or far these places are.

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...