Waiting at the bus stop? Songs can go wherever you go, and an enjoyable way to pass the time is by singing one of your favorites, or making up a new song together about the sights you see while waiting for the bus.
Talking together helps children hear how individual words sound and learn how words are used to express ideas. Infants and toddlers love to listen to and mimic silly sounds. Sharing these silly sounds with them is the beginning of the many conversations you will share.
Making dinner? Talk to your child as you do this household chore. Providing a play-by-play may seem boring to you, but no matter the age of your child, he or she loves to hear your voice and will develop vocabulary while listening and talking with you. Invite your child into the conversation by asking questions even if they’re not quite ready to answer.
Playing together helps children develop language skills and use imagination to solve problems, and it is important to play with a variety of materials both indoors and outdoors.
Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Develop listening skills and comprehension by playing simple direction following games, such as Simon Says. Be sure to take turns being the leader.
While learning at home can be fun, so is learning at the library. All of our programs for young children incorporate these early learning practices, and multiple branches are home to Cecil Station, interactive learning spaces where children and families can learn and play together. Be sure to visit today.
Whether at home or on the road, spending time read- ing, writing, singing, talking and playing with your child is essential to helping him be ready for school when the time comes, whether it be this year, next year, or even the year after that. So keep it simple, keep it easy, and most importantly, keep it entertaining.
Numerous picture books promote reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing, and the following are just a few of those that have recently won the Colorado Library for Early Literacy Award. All can be found at your local library.
Recommended Reading Open This Little Book By Jesse Klausmeier (for reading) The Things I Can Do By Jeff Mack (for writing) Nighty-Night Cooper
By Laura Numeroff (for singing) Moo! By David La Rochelle (for talking) Nino Wrestles the World By Yuyi Morales (for playing)
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