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Archive for June, 2010

Early Literacy Through Play

Tub toys The early literacy skill called letter knowledge means learning about the letters of the alphabet.  But even before children learn actual letters, they can begin to notice differences in things, like shape, size, and color.  You can practice letter knowledge with your little one by pointing out differences in his or her toys throughout the day, looking for shapes, letters, colors, etc.  For example, find all the round objects in the tub toys during your child’s bath, or find the first letter of your child’s name in letter blocks. 

–Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison


By on June 29, 2010 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Warthogs Paint

Warthogs paint Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, like rhyming, playing with syllables or parts of words, and hearing beginning sounds of words. A fun way to help children learn their colors and rhyming skills would be to read the book, Warthogs Paint: A Messy Color Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards. You can even make the story more interactive by giving your child colored paper or crayons and each time a color is mentioned in the book have them hold up that color.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant


By on June 14, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness