Dads & Donuts
Early Literacy Tips of the Week
Talk – Before beginning your day, talk about all the things you’re going to do together. “Today, we’re going to eat breakfast and then go grocery shopping. We’ll buy bread, milk, cheese, and other food to cook. Then, we’ll come home and eat lunch. After that, we’ll take a nap. When we wake up from our nap, we’ll play together before dinner” etc.
Sing – play “The Name Game” with names familiar to your child, such as friends, family members, or favorite characters. “The Name Game” is a song from 1964 that has a fun rhythm and can be modified to sing any name. (Can’t watch the video and don’t know the beat? Ask Nicole next time you’re in the library!) My name would be:
- Nicole, Nicole, bo-bicole
- Banana-fana fo-ficole
A verse can be created for any name, with X as the name and Y as the name without the first consonant sound (if it begins with a consonant), as follows:
- (X), (X), bo-b(Y)
Read – when you read with your child, pause to ask questions (if they can talk). If they’re pre-talkers, pause to point out and name or describe things in the illustrations.
Write – now that the snow is melting, take a stick and use it to “write” in the dirt/mud! Help your child spell their name.
Play – play with household objects together to learn and explore. For instance, fill a large bowl with uncooked penne pasta and let your child dig in. Give them measuring cups to practice filling and pouring. Give them string or pipe cleaners to practice stringing the pasta and work on their fine motor skills.