Healthy Habits

Prep: 2-5 Minutes / Activity Time: 15-20 Minutes

Healthy habits are an important part of a fulfilling life. Help your child make a creative reminder of the routines we follow to keep ourselves in good health.

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Giraffes Can Dance!

Prep: 2-5 Minutes / Activity Time: 15-20 Minutes

By the end of the book Giraffes Can’t Dance, everyone realizes that Gerald the Giraffe is an amazing dancer! To celebrate Gerald, help your child write an acrostic poem that describes him.

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Right Now, I Feel...

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 15-20 Minutes

There are so many feelings that can happen in a day. In this activity, your child will explore different emotions while also practicing beginning writing skills.

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Can You Draw What I Say?

Prep: None / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

This activity gives your child practice with both beginning writing and phonological awareness. As you say a word in a funny way, your child will figure out the word and draw a picture to represent it.

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A Fancy Dinner

Prep: 1-5 Minutes / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

This activity helps build your five-year-old's beginning writing skills. Next time you plan dinner, get your child involved in creating name tents for the table.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Prep: 1-2 Minutes / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

Help your child create her own book showcasing some of her favorite things. She will be both the author and the illustrator for this book (with your help, of course!).

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Treasure Map

Prep: 15 Minutes / Activity Time: 20 Minutes

Create a treasure map to give your child an exciting reason to read and write!

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The Shopping List

Prep: None / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

Next time you start to write a grocery shopping list, stop! You can turn this everyday chore into an authentic writing experience for your child.

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Name Dictionary

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

Children at this age will write more frequently, and they also will begin to understand letter-sound connections. Help your child learn more about words by creating a Name Dictionary. This activity may take several weeks.

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Comic Strip Writing

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

Comic strips often have appeal for children, even before they learn to read. The animation and fun characters bring out the best in imagination, and the short, simple stories are easy to understand. Use comic strips to encourage your child’s creativity.

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