Thoughtful Parenting: Ready to read, ready to learn
October 3, 2012
At a glance
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.