“I learned how to make my own peanut butter and jelly sandwich!” Our evening began with our preschoolers making dinner with their families. Cooking with preschool students grows their minds. It is a fun and engaging activity that is an important developmental tool. It helps with cognitive, physical and language development. And it tastes good! After dinner Ms. Tara modeled an interactive read-aloud. Research has demonstrated that the most effective read-alouds are those where children are actively involved asking and answering questions and making predictions, rather than passively listening. After story time our families explored our nature centers. Our volunteers assisted the families exploring materials and items from nature. Our teachers asked open ended questions to prompt deeper thinking. We used binoculars and magnifying lenses to examine the details of rocks and fossils. In our dramatic play area animals roared while we went on a safari. Families left the evening with picture books to continue their literary experiences at home.