Singing increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare them to decode words when they are learning to read. So sing with your child often, even if you do not have perfect pitch.
Many popular children’s songs have been turned into illustrated books that you can read/sing along with your child! Check them out in the nonfiction section: J 782.
Just remember, getting your child ready to read is as simple as “talk, sing, read, write, and play.” Have fun by singing a jump rope rhyme! You don’t need a rope; you can just have fun jumping!
Ice cream soda,
What kind of food
Will I have for lunch?
A, B, C, D, E…
The letter you stop jumping on is the first letter of your lunch food! Talk about what kinds of food start with that letter, and what food your child likes.
As you read That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang, talk to your child about what is happening in the illustrations. By talking about what is happening, children learn that there is a beginning, middle, and end in a story.
Digital literacy is the ability to understand, evaluate, and use information when it is presented by a computer, tablet, or other digital media. With so much technology present in the world, It is important to navigate technology alongside your child. Learning to write or navigate a tablet takes practice and fine motor skills. Fingers need to learn how to hold a pencil and tap the right image on the screen during interactive apps. By using his or her hands to act out this rhyme, your child is practicing coordination and fine motor skills.
Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
And dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy
And put them put them all to bed.
Play offers so many enjoyable opportunities to develop language. It helps children learn to think symbolically, like when they use a banana as a phone. This kind of thinking is used in language all the time and will help as they are learning to read!