Dino Pets

Tips for "Dino Pets"

As You Read:

This story is full of fun rhymes, so work together while you read. If your child is able to read, encourage him/her to read the rhyming words for you. For example, you can start the statement "I got a dino for a pet, the LOOOOOONGEST dino I could..." and let your child read "get". Taking turns reading will be less intimating and get your little one in on the fun. If your child can't read, encourage him to come up with rhyming words for each page. For example, pet rhymes with "SET, GET, LET, BET, etc." 


Extending the Story:

You can play a superlative game with your little one using the stuffed animals/toys that you have around the house. Let your child gather all the toys that s/he wants to play with and then ask him/her to find the biggest, the smallest, the fluffiest, the fastest, the best, etc. You can also arrange them by size, weight, etc. And if you're looking for more dinosaur fun, check out our Stomp, Stomp, Roar: Dinosaurs! themed learning guide, which is full of fun book and app recommendations, multimedia resources and activities for any dinosaur crazed child.

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...