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Literacy Activities

Encourage your child to be an "author" just like Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Catepillar. This .pdf is a template designed to allow your child to create his own book.

 

NAEYC

This is a link to a page describing how families can make simple books with their children.

 

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Reflecting on Achievements with a “My Accomplishments” Book | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Help your child make a book of her accomplishments.

 

mom and son

Why Reading Aloud to Kids Helps Them Thrive | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents

Reading aloud to kids has clear cognitive benefits but it also strengthens children’s social, emotional, and character development.

 

name puzzle

Make Your Own Name Puzzle | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Help your child learn to spell his name by creating a name puzzle. By putting the pieces of the puzzle together, your child will learn the order of the letters in his name!

 

beginning letter sounds

Find the Beginning Letter Sounds | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

This simple card game is a fun, easy way to teach your child letter sounds. Start with the first sound in your child's name. Then add the names of other important people in your child's life.

 

Alphabet songs for preschool

Alphabet Songs for Preschool Kids to Sing and Dance Along To

More than 30 great alphabet songs for preschool and kindergarten! They're fun, engaging, and provide the kids with a meaningful way to practice their ABCs.

father and son reading a book

How to Keep Your Kids' Minds Active and Engaged at Home | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

 

my birthday story

Write a Story With Your Child Based on a Real Experience | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Write a story with your child and help him read it back to you.

 

mom and daughter reading

Learning at Home: 9 Early Literacy Activities | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents

Looking for help with preschool learning at home? Here are some reading and writing activities that take little paper or prep and can fill your home with letters, sounds and word fun.

 

fingertip writing exercise

Identify Letters Written with a Fingertip | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

This quiet, soothing activity is an easy way to calm your child at the end of a school day or after a busy weekend of activities, while also helping your child better identify letters and numbers.

 

muppet

Create Your Own Feeling Words Book | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Help your child label and understand different feelings.

 

mother and daughter reading a book

Making the Most of Reading Aloud: Practical Strategies for Parents of Young Children | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents

Studies often point to the "why" of reading aloud, but what about the "how"? Here are six strategies to help you make the most out of story time with your child.

 

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“Dig” for Dinosaur Letters | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Does your child have a favorite dinosaur? Many young children are fascinated by these prehistoric creatures. Tap into that curiosity by creating an alphabet dinosaur “dig” in your own home.