Build a solid literacy foundation with your toddlers and preschoolers happens easily if you get in a few good habits. You might already be doing all of this! But, just to remind you, here are a few suggestions for your toddler and preschoolers.
1. Read Aloud Picture Books
Going to the library every week for story time and to get new books is my favorite way to keep our book collection fresh and new.
2. Sing Songs
Sing along with children’s music cds. Teach your child the best childhood learning songs like the ABCs or other childhood classics like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Old McDonald. More songs for preschools and toddlers.
3. Talk With Your Kids
Seriously. Dialogue with children builds vocabulary which is essential in reading success. The more words a child knows, the more words a child can recognize when they’re reading. Tell your child the names of things in the house, and what you’re doing during the day.
Sing rhyming songs such as . . .
- 5 Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed
- Rain, rain, go away . . .
- Eensy, Weensy Spider
- I’m a Little Teapot
- more rhymes and fingerplays
5. Color, Draw, Paint
Manipulating crayons helps prepare children for writing. Scribbles are fine – don’t worry. Allow your child to play with crayons, pencils, and paint. It’s fun and builds important fine motor skills.
What are your favorite early literacy activities to do with your toddlers and preschoolers?