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By Laura Lee MacDonald
There are many simple things you can do at home to support your child’s early literacy development and help your child learn about winter preparation in a fun way. Here are some effective ideas for you to try that help encourage your child to read, write, listen, speak and learn early math.
Read with your child
Visit your local library to borrow books about getting dressed for winter, hibernation and stories about playing in the snow. Did you know that by asking your child questions about the story, you are encouraging him/her to answer with their own thoughts and words? Asking open-ended questions helps your child learn how to think about what is being read and better understand what is happening in the story.
Play and learn with your child
When you play with your child, you are encouraging them to explore, discover and experience new things. You are telling your child what they are doing is important to you.
Talk about what clothing items are needed to wear to play in the snow. Go outside and use the fresh snow to make pictures and write words using household items such as wooden spoons, paintbrushes and spatulas. Encourage narrative skills by asking your child to describe their creation and how they made it. Act out a storybook about snow that you read together.
Measure the amount of snow that falls with a ruler. Together mark on the calendar the amount that fell on that day. Use the calendar to record the weather and at the end of each week/end of the month, count how many days it was sunny, snowing, below zero in temperature. Make a snowman together and count how many buttons, acorns, and twigs the snowman needs.
Sing with your child
Singing songs and rhymes helps your child understand that words are made up of different sounds and that words rhyme. Act out the words or point to your snowman when singing the tune.
Take the Learning Journey
Family Literacy Day takes place annually on January 27 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together.
All Canadians are invited to take a learning journey for Family Literacy Day 2012. Learning happens everywhere, and it’s easy to make learning part of your daily life. Just download the “Journey to Learning Passport” and complete as many activities as you can leading up to Family Literacy Day on January 27, 2012. You can complete the passport as a family, individually or in groups at a Family Literacy Day event. Find out more about the “Journey to Learning Passport” by visiting http://abclifeliteracy.ca/.
For more information about promoting early literacy development, contact the Early Literacy Specialist – Leeds & Grenville at 1-866-433-8933, Ext. 2376.
Laura Lee Mac-Donald is the Early Literacy Specialist at the Leeds & Grenville Ontario Early Years Centre.