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Add a time for reading into your daily schedule. Read TO your child sometimes. Some books flow best when a book is read without interruption. Read WITH your child sometimes. Allow them to interject and ask questions or make comments so they feel like they are "reading" as well. Read ALONGSIDE your child at times. Children will develop good reading habits if they see their parent(s) also enjoying a book of their own. Encourage your child to sit with you and "read" their own books. Quiet reading time is fun for all! No matter how you do it, sharing books and stories is an activity that will create fond memories!!
Songs and Movement Activities
Funny, Little Bunny
Funny, little bunny goes hop, hop, hop.
Funny, little bunny please stop, stop, stop.
Wiggle your ears and crinkle your nose,
Then, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle right down to your toes.
Storytime Craft Project
Wrap a juice box with white card stock or heavy paper. Add bunny features (shapes cut from colored paper) and google eyes/pompom tail. Alter the look by gluing the feet under the box, sticking out the front, or bending an ear forward for a floppy look, etc. Give your child(ren) permission to arrange things however he/she likes. The goal is having a fun experience, not a perfect end result.
Other Fun Ideas To Try:
Have fun when sharing fun stories! The best way to ensure your child(ren) become lifelong readers is to make stories fun. This means letting go of any reservations you have and sing, laugh, add voices to the character dialog, etc. Kids love it and you just might find yourself having a good time as well!
Songs and Movement Activities:
Ten Little Puppies
1 little, 2 little, 3 little puppies,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little puppies,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little puppies,
10 puppies bark like this ... Woof, Woof!
(Repeat faster and louder several times)
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Do your ears hand low? (pull on each ear)
Do they wobble to and fro? (wiggle ears)
Can you tie them in a knot? (rotate hands around)
Can you tie them in a bow? (tie hands in a bow)
Can you throw them over your shoulder like a continental soldier? (throw hands over shoulder)
Do your ears hang low? (pull on each ear)
Build your child's vocabulary by naming things in everyday conversation. Examples: "Look at that robin!" "Let's watch it fly high in the sky."
It's also fun to create a story together from a simple observation like above. Start the story with something like - "Where do you think the robin is going to fly and what will he/she do when he/she gets there?"
In the story we shared today, Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer, wordy birdy likes to talk...a lot! She says a lot of words, many which are familiar to most children, but some which are not. Children do not need to know the meaning of all the words to enjoy the flow of the story, but if they seem interested in a word they do not know, take some time to talk about it, either during the reading or after.
Songs and Movement Activities:
I Saw a Little Birdie
I saw a little birdy go hop, hop, hop (bend 2 middle fingers in and "hop" hand)
And I said to the birdie, won't you stop, stop, stop? (wiggle finger of other hand at the birdie)
I went to the door to say how do you do? (wave hand at birdie)
And he shook his little tail and away he flew! (shake and fly the birdie around)
Play a copycat game where one person does something, then the rest repeat. Let your child(ren) take the lead with many more movements after demonstrating a time or two. This is a great activity that doesn't take a lot of time or effort.
Examples can include:
fly like a bird
wiggle your toes
spin round and round
It's time to say hello.
It's time to say goodbye
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