The best way to fine tune your child’s reading skills is to find time to practice every day. And most kids learn better when they’re doing something they want to do, not because they have to. These kid-approved activities and games are fun and help build reading skills. They’re simple enough to make part of your routine: during playtime, at meals and snacks, or when you’re out and about.
These kid-approved activities and games are fun and help build reading skills.
They’re simple enough to make part of your routine: during playtime, at meals and snacks, or when you’re out and about.
Your toddler is probably beginning to notice his facial features. Tap into this budding curiosity by creating quick games that encourage a focus on each facial feature and how together they create a whole face.
Playing with shapes prepares your baby for future letter learning. Discovering and exploring curves, lines, sticks and corners will pave the way for eventually recognizing and remembering letter shapes.
Your child’s name is special to you and to your toddler. Why not use the first letter of your child’s name to spark an interest in letters? After all, there is no letter as exciting as that one for your child!
Being able to distinguish how objects are the same or are different is an important skill that children will need as they grow. One way to introduce same and different to babies is to talk about their toys.
Babies love music and instinctively move to the beat. Using hand motions to music promotes dexterity, builds self-esteem and increases confidence.
Play simple games where your baby can discover the “rules” of the game by your positive response. Creating these positive experiences with learning will be important as your baby begins to explore print, letters and words.
Babies love the sound of their mother’s voice. It is soothing and comforting and is their favorite sound. Why not use the voice your baby loves to play games that involve tracking movement from left to right?
Within the first few months, your baby will develop the ability to focus on an object and track the motion of the object from left to right. As your baby grows, this awareness to details will help your baby focus on pictures, letters and words in books.
Infants enjoy looking at faces. Very young babies see faces best when they are about 8 to 12 inches away. Use your facial expressions to help your baby begin to notice changes in the things he sees.
Nature is a natural play space. Noticing the similarities and differences in shapes you find in nature will prepare your child for recognizing letter shapes in the future.
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