Every Child Ready to Read® incorporates simple practices for parents/caregivers to develop early literacy skills from Birth to Age 5. We will add new literacy tips every week on our Facebook page!
|Talk about colors! Ask your child what his/her favorite color is and share yours. Talk about things that are those colors.
||Make up silly songs about every day activities! “This is the way we make the bed, make the bed, make the bed“
||Practice counting! An Example would be to count your snacks, How many goldfish crackers are on your plate?
|Be a reading role model. Let your child catch you reading a book, newspaper, or magazine!
||Write a list of things to do today. Have your child check off each as it is completed.
||Use a red crayon to keep a list of all the red things you see today. Red car, red truck, red door.
|Play store. Set up a little store with items in your house and take turns being the shopper and the check out clerk.
||Talk about concepts like “on” and “off” when you put on and take off hats and jackets.
||Make music with things you have in the house- pots, pans, spoons, and sing and dance around to the music you make
|Pick a letter of the alphabet and practice tracing it.
||Play “I Spy” with rhyming words. I spy something with my little eye, something that rhymes with fly! What is it?
||Point out the shapes of different objects, talk about how they are alike and how they are different.
|Have a music parade. Play pretend instruments while you march around the house.
||Sing a song in a high voice; sing a song in a low voice. Sing it slow; sing it fast.
||Count to 5 as you spin in a circle 5 times. Count 5 hops. Count 5 small/big steps.
|Get caught reading a book, show your child reading is important to you too!
||Create a writing box together. Include paper and crayons. Decorate the outside and leave it within easy reach for your child.
||Go on an outside scavenger hunt. Bring a list and check off the things you see!
|Look for signs of spring. Go for a walk and talk about what you see.
||Play children’s songs. Sing and dance together!
||Draw numbers on the sidewalk with chalk!
|Have your child tell you a story about the pictures they draw!
||Go to the Library and pick out a book about Summer!
||Make a word jar. Each day write a new word on a slip of paper and add it to the jar.
|Sit on cushions on the floor and pretend to be in a boat. Sing “Row, Row, Your Boat”
||Talk about food. What do you like to eat?
||Sing a song with movement like “BINGO”!
|Vary your voice as you read. Use different expressions to help your child learn about feelings.
||Have your child help cook with a recipe. Talk about the different amounts of ingredients you need.
||Write a message outside in chalk!
|Sit outside and write a list of seven things that you see!
||Paint on the sidewalk with water, watch it evaporate!
||Take and alphabet walk outside. Talk about things that begin with different letters.
|Pick a new kind of music you haven’t listened to before. Listen together.
||Line up all of the family’s shoes. Count how many there are. Put them in size order from smallest to largest.
||Lace Cheerios onto a piece of yarn and then count them.
|Have a friends book club. Each friend brings a book for a story time.
||Use cooked pieces of spaghetti to make shapes and letters! 🙂
||Go on a Scavenger Hunt today. Look for things that start with the “p” sound; like a plate, a pan, and a pen.
|Smell different things and talk about them: spices, flowers. fruit, and cocoa. Which scents do you like or dislike?
||Sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (clap your hands, stomp your feet, shout Hooray!)
||Pick a point in your house or on your street. Count the steps to get there.
|Write a grocery list together. GO around checking what you need and add it to the list.
||Write a grocery list together. GO around checking what you need and add it to the list.
||Create a list of things to do this month. Hang it up where everyone can see. Have your child check off items.
|Make and indoor Fort with sheets and furniture. Pretend you are sleeping there overnight. What will you bring? Read a book together in the cozy fort.
||Talk about opposites. Reach high to the sky and low to the ground. Take a big step and a little step.
||Sing a favorite rhyming song. Stop at the end of a line and have your child fill in the word. (example: Twinkle, twinkle, little _____)
|Make a high tower with blocks. how many blocks did you use?
||Read a fiction and non-fiction book about winter. We have many to choose from at the library.
||Draw a circle, square, triangle, and have your child color them in. Talk about shapes and point them out.