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Literacy Practices

Reading:

Reading aloud is the single most important way to help children get ready to read.

  • Reading together helps children connect words with language and understand that each book tells a story.
  • Read to children in the language you are most fluent in.  Reading aloud helps create the love of reading, regardless of your spoken language.
  • Reading together and talking to your child about what you are reading (dialogic reading) helps children develop vocabulary, comprehension and encourages children to use longer phrases.
  • Reading aloud to children helps motivate them to become readers.

 

Activities to do with your Baby:

  • Read every day, again and again. Your baby will love and learn from repetition.
  • Let your baby explore books with all her/his senses.
  • Choose baby-friendly books with bright and bold illustrations and made of cloth or soft plastic or board books.
  • Keep sturdy board books in your diaper bag for on-the-go reading.

 

Activities to do with your Toddler:

  • Read every day and let your toddler help turn the pages.
  • Create a reading fort under a table with pillows and books.
  • Retell a story in a new way. Sing it, draw it or use simple puppets.
  • Take a favorite book on a walk. Stop in a nice spot and read a page or two.

 

Activities to do with your Preschooler:

  • Read every day and point to words as you read them.
  • Go "undercover" and read after dark by flashlight.
  • Keep a word journal. Write down and talk about new words you read.
  • Check out these websites for great resources for literacy practice of reading.

Reading Resources:

The following websites are great resources for the literacy practice of reading.


Flood

Save the books from the flood by matching the books with the same themes.

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Sky Riding

Fly the balloon around the sky to find the letter. (Requires mouse control)

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Synonym Sam’s Lab

Find synonyms to describe Rufus.

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Word Play

Click on a word to watch it make the action it describes.

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Upper Case Letter Identification

Go through the alphabet and identify the upper case letters.

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Lower Case Letter Identification
Go through the alphabet and identify the lower case letters.

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Starfall - ABC
Hear sounds of the alphabet and connect them to words and pictures.

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Storyline Online
Listen to a famous actor read their favorite book.

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Alphabet Soup 

Answer a riddle by clicking letters in the soup in the correct order.

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Hopposites

Help opposite bunny get to a treat by finding finding the opposite.

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The Good, Better, Best Trampolini

Spin the rope until the comparative words match the pictures.

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Pounce!

Match the spoken word with the written word.

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Starfall - Learn to Read
Learn to Read contains exciting interactive books and phonics games.

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Forming Upper Case Letters
Use the pieces to form each upper case letter.

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Speakaboos
Listen to stories about family and animals, rhymes, and fairy tales too.

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MightyBook
Listen to some great stories.

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Beatrix Potter
Listen to a favorite Beatrix Potter tale.

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