Every Child Ready to Read

Sing

Children learn about language through rhythm, rhyme and using words to tell stories through song. Sing silly playtime songs and calming bedtime songs with your little one.

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Sing Along Song Videos

Talk

Having conversations with your child builds vocabulary and helps them understand the world.

Parent Tips

  • Talk with your child starting at birth. Get in close, smile, and make eye contact. Explain what you are doing in words. Ask your child questions and wait for an answer, whether it be with words, babbles, or facial expressions. Respond to the sounds your child makes.
  • Help your child learn the names of objects in life and in books. “Where is your nose?” “Point to the tree.” “I am going to put this sock on your foot.”
  • Build on what your child says. If they say “ball,” respond with, “Yes, look at that big, red ball.”
  • Rhymes are especially helpful for developing sound discrimination. Being aware of the sounds within words is fundamental to learning to read.
  • Plan for quiet times also. Allow your child to babble and practice language on their own free of background noise or an audience.
Online Resources / Digital Resources

Storytime is a great way to experience language. We have several storytimes recorded and available to watch on our website and our YouTube channel. Follow us on Facebook to see them as they come out.

Finger Play

Tommy Thumb
Tommy Thumb is up and
Tommy Thumb is down
Tommy Thumb is dancing
All around the town
Dancing on your shoulders
Dancing on your head
Dancing on your knees
Then tuck them into bed.
(Dance thumbs around, then tuck them under your arms at the end.)

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Storytime Videos

Write

Put a crayon in that little fist, and watch as shaky fine motor skills grow into practicing drawing letters. Drawing and the beginnings of writing teach the brain to communicate language through symbols.

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Digital Resources

Writing & Coloring Practice Sheets

Read

Access our huge collection of board books and picture books to read often to your child. It’s a no-brainer! Reading to your infant, toddler or preschooler is the number one most important activity in growing a reader.

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Play

Play helps children think symbolically and helps children express themselves and their thoughts through words.

Parent Tips
1. Number one idea is child-safety and child-friendly
2. Follow your child’s lead
3. Read the child’s cues/ signals -> verbal and non-verbal
4. Repeat … Repeat … Repeat
5. YOU are your child’s first teacher

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Fingerplays

Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Creeps the garden snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Leaves a silver trail.

Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Runs the little mouse
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Round about the house.

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Additional Play Resources