Talk

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.

Write

When your toddler draws a picture, listen to the story that goes with it, write down the words you hear. Now read it aloud together!

Read

If bedtime is too late for your baby to listen to a whole book, read aloud anytime during the day--lunchtime, bath time, in line at the store!

Write

Let your baby hold a crayon & write. Say the alphabet while they scribble. Patiently wait while they make the connection between sounds & writing.

Sing

Play a song & pause it. Sing a line again, changing the last word to another word that rhymes.

Sing

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.

Read

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.

Talk

If you go apple picking, talk about the 5 senses. “I hear bees buzzing, see families smiling, smell doughnuts, taste sweet apples, and feel warm sunshine.”

Write

Write a letter on the sidewalk with chalk. Have your child place stones over the shape of the letter.

Read

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."

Play

Baby can learn new words during bath time. Take turns dropping toys in the water. Say, "watch it sink" or "it floats" or "splash!"

Talk

If you go apple picking, talk about the 5 senses. “I hear bees buzzing, see families smiling, smell doughnuts, taste sweet apples, and feel warm sunshine.”

Read

Ask your child to pretend to read a story to their stuffed animal or doll. Practice turning each page & have them say what's happening on each one.

Play

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.

Sing

Sing or just hum to your child. They love to hear the sound of your voice & will try to echo your sounds, building connections in the brain.

Play

Teach your child letters by playing with blocks. Lay out blocks on the floor in a circle to make an O, then cross two rectangles to make an X.

Write

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.

Talk

Talk during bathtime, put some bubbles on different parts of your baby. Say, "Fingers! Toes!" This is a fun way to help baby learn new words.