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Thoughtful Parenting: Ready to read, ready to learn

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Activities to complete with your child:

■ Expand your child’s vocabulary. (Example: “Yes, bird. That is a beautiful red-winged blackbird.”)

■ Speak to your child in the language you know best.

■ Sing the alphabet song to help your child learn about letters.

■ Repeat nursery rhymes to emphasize sounds in words.

■ Clap along to songs to practice syllables.

■ Read together.

■ Let your child scribble.

■ Write each other notes, and pretend you can read theirs.

■ Encourage dramatic play with stuffed animals, puppets or dress-up clothes.

■ Give plenty of unstructured play time.

■ Let your child pretend to read a book.

■ Talk and listen to your child as you prepare meals, do household chores and get ready for bed.

■ Attend a library Story-time, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as special monthly Story-time programs.