Write the letter “A” on an empty box. Go outside & have your preschooler find items that begin with that letter, like an acorn, then put the item in the box.
Sing nursery rhymes with your preschooler to help them develop rhythm. Click here for a list of songs to sing together!
When a big, new word appears in a book you are reading to your child, say the word and stop to explain its meaning in words your child understands.
As your preschooler washes up ask: "What sound does sss-oap start with? What else starts with the sss sound?" Together, list words like sock and silly.
Once your preschooler has favorite books or pages, ask them to read them to you! Even if they recite from memory, this builds their reading confidence.
Use cooked spaghetti to shape letters. Help your preschooler spell their name. Sing through the alphabet while making letters together. Let them eat their name!
In your home, tape the name of objects to the object, such as "chair, table, bed". Point to the word & ask your preschooler to read it with you.
At bedtime, ask your preschooler to tell you the story of their day. Get them talking by using Wh- questions: "When? What? Why? Who? Where?"
Play with your preschooler at the kitchen sink. Wash some dishes or items you use in the kitchen. As you wash, talk about how you use it. Chores can be fun!
Have your preschooler make a shopping list using either made-up spelling or drawing pictures. “What do we need from the store today?”
Talk about shapes with your preschooler. Draw some & ask "How many corners on a square? How many points on a star?"
Count with your preschooler how many red cars you see on the way to the store. "How many white trucks do you see?" Try other types of vehicles.
Before preschool or work, invite your preschooler to watch you, as you write a note. Say: “This note is to remind you I love you, to go in your pocket."
Help your preschooler put sounds together as words. Say each sound by itself & ask your child to say the word. Say SP & OON. Your child will say SPOON.
While prepping for dinner, help your child read the labels of the boxes, jars, stickers, or cans.
Talk with your child about what they're going to do today. At the end of the day, talk about what they did. Planning & reviewing helps develop their thinking skills.
While prepping for dinner, teach your preschooler the steps of making the meal. Use words like "first, I'll measure...next, I'll stir."
Ask your child “How did you do that?” or “I wonder why…” to help your preschooler get ready to share ideas aloud and on paper in school.
Write the letters of the alphabet on scraps of paper, hide them, & let your preschooler hunt for them. "You found letter F. What sound does it make?"
Explore science at bath time. Put everyday objects like a sponge, cup, spoon & colander in the tub. Ask, “Which objects sink? Which float?” Now find out!
Spell out the word “DOG” on a piece of paper. Have your child copy the letters below your word; talk about the sound a dog makes.
When reading a book to your preschooler, stop occasionally & ask what they think will happen next. Ask "Why do you think that?" & give them time to think.
Talk with your child when you go grocery shopping. Talk about types of food. Ask your child about meals they would make. Talk about taste, smell, color, etc.
While driving in the car, turn off the radio & sing the ABCs to your child. Sing it fast, sing it slow. Your child will soon sing it with you & alone.
When reading to your preschooler, ask if they can find "the" or "and" on the page. As this becomes easier, have them find other short words.
Read the clothing tags aloud at laundry time. "This tag says wash with like colors, so I'm putting it in the pile with other clothes that are red."
Draw letters on paper & put inside a storage bag, sealing it. Put rice on top. Help your child spy the letters & make the sound the letter makes.
Fold some paper together to make a book, have your child write the letter “A”, then have your child draw objects that start with an “A” like an apple.