Parent-child early literacy materials give parents tools for building early language and literacy.
Over the summer months, parents want to know what they can do to support their child’s learning and development. Of course, families can enjoy lots of fresh air and exercise. But why not throw in a few conversation-starters to help build language and literacy?
On our website, you will find 80 activities that suggest simple, fun ideas for promoting language and literacy through conversation. They provide excellent follow-up activities for Language is the Key video programs. They are available for both infants and preschoolers. Each activity is followed by “hints” that help parents adjust the activity to match the developmental level of their child. The activities are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.
Here are some suggestions from the handouts. These strategies give parents some ideas for building language when they are spending time with their young children this summer.
TALKING ABOUT THINGS OUTSIDE
TALKING ABOUT FOOD WHEN YOU ARE ON A PICNIC
Language is the Key videos provide multiple looks at effective ways to engage children in conversation. The narration is excellent and appropriate for parents, child care providers, and PK teachers.
Alison Bell Iowa Parent Information Resource Center Early Childhood Team Leader Cedar Falls, Iowa