Children learn more from stories when they interact with them. After listening to this story, see if your child can do a “search and find” in your house. If you don’t have a cat, you can always hide a stuffed animal or other item for them to find.
Did you know that rhyming is one indication of how easily a child will learn to read? Rhyming helps children recognize shared letter sequences, such as –at in cat, rat, and bat, which will help children sound out words when they begin to read. Most children love hearing rhymes and participating in rhyming activities. Here is a simple one you can do at home. Have your child decorate an old box. Hide some easily rhymable objects inside, such as a dog or hat. Have your child reach inside the box and pull out an object. See how many words they can think of that rhyme with that object.
Get ready with a blanket or a simple cloth to sing along. Have fun playing peekaboo, too! Playing peekaboo with your baby teaches them about object permanence. Grabbing the blanket, practices their pincer grasp, which will be important when they begin to learn to write.
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