Monday, September 21, 2009

I can Spell My Name Activity

Do you want to help your child began to identify letters in their name. Well you can start this very early. I will suggest this activity for older 2-5 yr old.The best way to help your child will language and literacy promotion is to make it fun; young children do learn through play so make it educational for them. Here are a couple of simple activities you can do at home.

Collect old Newspapers
Have a pair of child scissors(or they can tear)
Glue(you could make tack with water and flour kids love this)
pieces of Contruction Paper
Marker(non toxic)


1.On a piece of construction paper write your Childs name in Neat Grammatically correct letters

2.Tell your child you will help him or her make name collages

3.Ask open ended questions like What can we use to make a collage? Your child will give you all sorts of answers, thats perfect. Then tell them thats right but today we are going to use newspaper etc;

4.What can we find in a newspaper?(open ended)

5.Yes, we can find that in the newspaper but we can also find letters in the
Newspaper; Letters are apart of the Alphabet and Letters are in our names. I bet we can find letters that are in your name.

6.So, the point is to engage in a converstaion; we are promoting language and thinking skills.

7.Now you will have the paper with the childs name on it; go over the letters be creative; Say maybe, Can you guess what I have here; its a piece of paper with letters that says someones name??? Guess who???

8.Lets see if we can find these letters in the newspaper

9.Cut or tear out the Letters and glue them on the paper underneath each letter or if the child has difficulty placing letters with like letters; thats okay because this is about identifying letters in their name which is the first step of learning to spell their name.

10.Help with finding letters; name each letter for recognition; make it fun with variations; maybe I wonder how many A's I can find; Ashley begans with the Letter A; first one to find the letter A gets a sticker.

Well after you have found the letters; go over each letter in the child's name; sing the Alphabet song and tell your child qwhat a great job they did spelling ttheir name. Hang artwork up; this will boost self confidence in accomplishments.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

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BareFoot Books is a well respected community business;many know te name Barefoot Books. The books are colorful, creative and illicits the imagination. The best part about it is that families enjoy the books and Cd's as a family. I think the adults love barefoot as much as the kids do.

I am happy I signed up with them!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

At Home Literacy activities

Hello friends, I want to introduce a new segment of the blog called at home Literacy Activities. I will provide info on various activities that you can do at home with your child.These activities are inexpensive and can be done with alot of things you already have.

Reading Activity One:

Magazine Book Collage


Scissors(child scissors)
Construction Paper
Hold PuncheR

You can get creative with the list of materials.

This activity is really simple; it promotes literacy, family involvement. A love for books, craeativity.
Skills: Print Awareness, Creativity, Language Development

You and your child will create a storybook from pictures in a magazine.

Take old magazines and help your child cut them or tear them out. Tearing is great for young children to develop fine motor skills.

Take the construction paper(as many pieces to make a book) and make five hold punches on the side

Bind the construction paper together with yarn

Let your child draw pictures on the front of the book; use glitter to create designs

Cut Pictures from magazines; paste to the pages

Have your child to help you create a story to go along with the pictures. Tell your child that as he/she tells the story you will assist them with writing it underneath the pictures or if they can write and spell have he/she do it.

Ask, if there is anything else; that should goin the book.

Let your child sign the book as Author.

Once you are finish,read the story together.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Reading Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Oh, I love this book and the CD is excellent; it develops vocabulary through sounds and action words. The Singalong allows for children to participate Creatively through Dance and Movement. Your child will learn about different animals that live in the jungle.

This book will get your kids stomping, leaping, swaying, and laughing!I highly recommend the animal boogie for children ages 3-7 years old. This is a great activity to have at a birthday party.