A Note to Teachers...


Dear Teachers,

Early literacy doesn’t just revolve around teaching children how to recite letters, read, and count – art can have a profound affect on their literacy, and development as well. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Education agree with the importance of arts in children’s lives. A study shared at the 2009 Learning, Arts, and the Brain Summit reported that children showed more motivation, paid closer attention, and remembered what they learned more easily when the arts were integrated into the curriculum. Concomitantly, according to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life.

Here Comes Ingo offers a beautifully crafted visual space for children to try their hand on becoming storytellers on their own right instead of simply perusing the book. Seeped in Disney-like colors, each illustration is an open invitation to expand on the story's message of encouraging inclusivity and open-mindness while at the same time acknowledging that things can be confusing and "not getting" something at first glance is perfectly acceptable.

Ideal for kindergarten and grade school children, this book may prove a precious help for parents, caregivers and especially teachers who seek out opportunities for art projects, creative writing and other education avenues that grip young readers' imagination while teaching them valuable lessons about:

Comprehension

What Do You Think Is Happening?

Predicting

What Do You Think Will Happen Next?

Inferring

What Makes You Think That?

Reasoning

What Do You Think That Happened?

Sequencing

What Happened First?Next? Last?

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