Early Lit Tips
We love posting Early Lit Tips on Facebook, focusing on the five practices of the Every Child Ready to Read Initiative: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. Here are a few of our recent favorite #earlylit tips!
The more stories you read aloud, the more words your baby will hear and the better they’ll be able to talk. As children absorb vocabulary, hearing unusual words in different contexts helps them as they learn to talk. Reading books aloud, singing songs, and saying nursery rhymes together are all great ways to build wide and rich vocabulary for your little one!
Tracing or outlining letters can be incredibly helpful for toddlers as they learn the shapes of the ABCs. You can also use sand, water, or another sensory medium to trace the letters, wipe them away, and trace them again.
Picture books based on nursery rhymes and familiar songs help draw kids in and engage them in singing. For instance, you can read one of Jane Cabrera’s funny takes on classic nursery songs! For more picture books based on songs, take a look at this list from the Johnson County Public Library.
Reading together, especially one on one, is a wonderful opportunity to build a dialogue with your child. As you read, you can take turns pointing out details in the illustrations, ask what they think will happen next, and point out objects they might know.
Play is a crucial aspect of a child’s development. Toys that are engaging for multiple senses help them to connect with the world around them. At the same time, they offer age-appropriate stimulation and fun!
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