Early Learning Tips

What’s in the Box?

Make a sensory box! Find a box that is big enough to put objects in and find objects around your home to put in the box.  There are multiple ways to do this activity, but here are two: Close off the box so that the only opening is for your child’s hand. Let your child feel an object and… read more >>

Meal Time Talk

Talk during meal times! Try talking about the food you are eating. What is your child’s favorite and least favorite food on the plate? Why? You can also talk about where the different foods come from, such as a garden or a farm.             

Draw the Day!

Have your little one draw a picture of something from the day and talk about it. Ask your little one to describe the picture and when it took place. This helps with memory, sequencing, and fine motor skills (small movements). For very little ones, you can draw a picture yourself or simply talk about the day…. read more >>

Read and Rhyme!

Find rhymes while reading together. After reading, pick one set of rhyming words and find more words that sound the same.  Real ones or silly ones, it still helps with phonological awareness!             

In the House Count

Work on counting by finding objects to count around the house.  If your little one is younger, you can point out objects and count outloud. Let older ones start to count themselves. Counting ideas: Crayons Shoes Toys Pictures Stuffed Animals Socks (play a matching game!) Chairs Toes Days of the week and months (you can… read more >>

Fairy Tales Fractured

Start out by reading fairy tales to your little one. Once they know and understand these tales, you can move on to fractured fairy tales, which alter the story in some way. Changes make the most sense when your little one knows the original tale. Talk about the similarities and differences. Suggested Books      … read more >>

Tracing Letters

One way to learn letters is for your child to trace them with their fingers. It’s also a good idea to trace shapes since knowing shapes is how they learn to write letters. Trace: Letters in books Letters that you have written for your little one Magnetic letters Letters you have outlined or stamped in Play-dough… read more >>

Play with Texture!

Gather up items with different textures around your home. Look for things like sugar, furniture, rugs, floors, pillows, etc.  Talk about how the items feel. Smooth, rough, soft, grainy and more.  Extend the way your little one describes textures by adding words if theirs does not fully describe it. Suggested Books             

Book and Play

When reading, think of ways to make the book come to life as an activity.  If you’re reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, you can make smoothies or a puree with the healthy fruits in the story and talk about why you don’t put the other unhealthy foods in the mix.  Another activity… read more >>

Occupations Around Town

Talk about the people you see working when you are out and about.  What do they do and why are they important? What would your child want to do? Suggested Books            

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