Children are learning language and beginning to understand the world around them. Use this time to talk to your child, ask questions and point out the world around them. The more words your child is familiar with, the further ahead they will be when learning to read.
Communicating with Your Child:
Tips on Learning to Talk:
Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development:
Singing and clapping along is a wonderful way to connect and have fun with your child. Singing slows down language and allows children to hear the smaller sounds in words. By practicing singing, later this skill will help children sound out words while learning to read.
Why Should We Sing?
The single most important activity to do with your child is read aloud. Reading with expression and making books engaging allows the reader to have a positive experience that makes them want to continue reading as they get older. There are things to read wherever you look, so take advantage in the grocery store, at the bank, and around town.
Why Should I Read?
Unite for Literacy:
Reading and writing go hand-in-hand. Children can learn pre-reading skills by participating in writing activities like scribbling, drawing, and forming letters.
Why Should I Write?
Zero to Three: Learning to Write and Draw Tips
10 Hands-On Ways to Practice Writing Skills
Children learn a lot about language through play by putting their ideas and feelings into words. Children think symbolically when they play, which helps them to understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences.
Why Should I Play?
Zero to Three Play Activities:
Learning 4 Kids: