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Written by Sara Dennis of Classically Homeschooling.
Do you have a preschooler like my son? One who spends half the day as a dinosaur roaring at everyone and everything? Roaring is great fun, but there are times it’s not appropriate to roar and be noisy. That’s just what Dinosaur vs. the Library is about.
Dinosaur vs. the Library
Roaring at other people
Our little dinosaur begins by roaring at the animals he meets as he walks to the library. In this case, all the animals love being roared at. Dinosaur even cheers up a sad owl with his roars.
Let’s be honest though, not everyone wants to be roared at. Sometimes people would prefer not to have a little boys stomp up and roar, and that’s okay. It does merit a few discussions about the manners of roaring.
If the person you’re roaring at laughs and enjoys themselves, it’s just fine. If they don’t look happy or ask you to stop, stop. There’s always someone or something else to roar at.
Inside voice vs outside voice
While I wish children were born understanding the need for inside voices, they need to be taught the difference between inside and outside voices.
They need to learn it’s alright to stomp around and roar as loudly as you want outside. However when we’re inside, we need to roar quietly. No one wants their ears blasted out with a load dinosaur roar inside the house!
Be quiet at the library
Just as it’s important to use our indoor voices when we’re inside buildings, it’s also important to teach our children to be very quiet at the library.
Our little dinosaurs may pretend to roar at the library, but they do need to be very, very quiet and not disturb people who are reading. It’s a hard lesson to learn.
Be patient, act out how to behave at the library at home, and give many gentle reminders to your children at the library.
Sitting quietly during story time
At the end of Dinosaur vs. the Library, our little dinosaur learns to sit quietly for story time. This is a great skill and one many preschoolers struggle with.
It’s hard to learn to sit quietly when there are friends to play with, books to read, and stuff to do. However when you sit quietly for story time without roaring everybody wins, especially little dinosaurs. You’re actually able to hear and enjoy the story.
Dinosaur vs. the Library is a delightful book to read and discuss with kids. My kids adore roaring along with the story, and it gives a gentle reminder about how to behave at the library.
Do you have a little roaring dinosaur?
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