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    Early Reading Activity
    Read Me a Story
    Read Me a StoryTime 10 to 15 minutes Materials Storybook Directions Invite your child to select a favorite storybook to "read" to you.Go through each page together and listen to her version, which may be quite close to the actual words. Your atte...
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    Early Reading Activity
    My Name
    My NameMaterials Paper Pen or marker Clear contact paper Crayon or marker Damp clothDirections Help your child learn to print her name. Draw two parallel solid lines with a broken line in the middle. Print your child's first and last name on the ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Apps to Help Kids Learn to Read
    From learning the alphabet to stringing letter sounds together, reading requires a foundation of many skills. These interactive apps can help provide the building blocks of reading, focusing on literacy skills including phonetic awareness, site w...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Early Reading Activity
    Make a Name Letter Book
    Make a Name Letter BookWhat you need: Paper Scissors Glue Magazines Crayons Stapler What you do: 1. Mark one page of paper with each letter of your child's name. 2. Work with your child to cut out letters from magazines and paste them on the pa...
    From the National Center for Learning Disabilities
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    Early Reading Activity
    Make Up a Cereal
    Make Up a CerealWhat you need: Cereal box Large self-stick notes (or paper, scissors, and tape) Crayons What to do: 1. Ask your child to point to words and numbers on the box and guess what they say. 2. Read aloud some of the words and numbers. ...
    From the National Center for Learning Disabilities
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    Early Reading Activity
    Helping Children Learn About Reading
    Helping Children Learn About Reading Make Connections Why read a book to an infant who does not yet know the meaning of a word -- or of words at all? Why sing to a toddler who cannot understand your song? Both activities help children make conne...
  • Color by Letter or Number Printables
    Bunch of Balloons Color by Letter
    Use the code at the bottom to match each color with its corresponding letter to reveal the colorful bunch of balloons. ...
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    Early Reading Activity
    A Home for My Books
    A Home for My BooksStarting a home library for your child shows him how important books are. Having books of his own in a special place boosts the chance that your child will want to read even more. What you need: Books from bookstores, garage ...
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    Early Reading Activity
    Lunch Menu
    Lunch MenuWhat you need: Old magazines Glue stick Scissors Plain paper Pencil Pad What you do: 1. Print the word "Lunch" at the top of the paper. 2. Cut out pictures of foods your child likes to eat, for example, milk, juice, sandwich, crackers...
    From the National Center for Learning Disabilities
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    Early Reading Activity
    Chatting with Children
    Chatting with ChildrenYou should always chat with your baby to help her learn to talk. But did you know it's just as important to talk to your toddler, too? Talking helps him learn language skills and lets him know what he says is important. Wha...
  • Color by Letter or Number Printables
    Colorful Crab Color by Letter
    Use the code at the bottom to match each color with its corresponding letter to reveal the colorful sea creature. ...
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    Early Reading Activity
    Mini Messages
    Mini MessagesWhat you need: Paper Pencils or crayons What to do: 1. Leave simple word-and-picture messages for your child where he's likely to find them: on the fridge, in his cubby, in a pocket, and on the computer. They may be reminders (Grand...
    The National Center for Learning Disabilities
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    Early Reading Activity
    Simon Says Read!
    Simon Says Read!What you need:A picture book for each player What you do: 1. Play Simon Says with a twist. Start as usual. Say, "Simon says put your hands on your hips" and do it. Wait for your child to follow. Say and do a few more actions -- c...
    From the National Center for Learning Disabilities
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    Early Reading Activity
    Syl-la-ble Clapping
    Syl-la-ble ClappingWhat you need: Picture books What you do: 1. Point to a picture of something that has more than one syllable in its name and say it. 2. Say it again slowly as you clap out each syllable: "ba-na-na." Have your child clap out t...
    From the National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • Color by Letter or Number Printables
    Silly Sea Horse Color by Letter
    Use the code at the bottom to match each color with its corresponding letter to reveal the silly sea creature. ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Collage
    Name Collage
    Name Collage Materials Needed:· Construction paper· Scissors· Glue· Magazines· Newspapers This is a great activity to help your child learn to read and write. She'll be learning pre-reading skills, using her small-motor skills, and enh...
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    Early Reading Activity
    Phonics Instruction at an Early Age
    Read tips on how to increase your young child's early reading skills. ...
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    Early Reading Activity
    Benefits of Reading Aloud
    Reading aloud to children is hugely beneficial in promoting literacy. ...