by Sandy Masayko
READ with your child!
The most important thing is to have fun.
- Take time to talk about the pictures and ask questions of your child. What do you think is going to happen? Who is doing what? Where are they? What are those? Do we have some of those? What do you think is going to happen next?
- You don’t have to read the story word for word.
- Make your own books. Make up stories about your child, your family and pets. Use family photos or draw simple stick figures; download pictures from the Internet.
Here’s a great website for guidance on reading with a young child:
SING with your child!
Your voice is the most beautiful voice in the world to your child. You don’t need be Beyoncé to sing with your child.
And, do you know that singing rhyming songs helps to get your child ready to read?
- All the old favorites, from ABC’s, Twinkle Twinkle, Wheels on the Bus, Happy Birthday, Old MacDonald to BINGO are good. Think of songs you liked as a child and sing those.
- Personalize songs by putting your child’s name in the song instead of the usual name.
- Spell out your child’s name by singing it to a favorite tune. For example, sing the Happy Birthday song with your child’s letters.
Here are some more ideas:
COOK with your child!
Cooking can be play—show your child how you make foods. This will take some planning for safety, and you don’t want to be in a rush.
- Show your child how you open, pour, chop, cut, slice, stir, bake, fry & more. Talk about these things as do them.
- If your child can help stir or participate in any way, let them help.
- Make Jell-O and see what happens if you leave some outside of the refrigerator, and what happens if you put some in the freezer. Talk to your child about the changes that happen. This is food science!
- Have taste tests: try out new tastes and talk about sour, sweet, bitter, salty, crunchy, smooth, soft.
Here is a website with more ideas:
Have fun and let us know about your favorite activities. We will be waiting to hear from you!