We are very fortunate that our colleagues Angela Notari-Syverson, Judy Challoner, and others have given us permission to distribute their work. As part of a model development grant from the U.S. Department of Education Angela, Judy and their colleagues developed a series of parent-child literacy activities for preschool children.
The activities describe simple, fun activities for adults and young children that promote literacy and language development. Each activity is followed by “hints” that help parents adapt the activity to the developmental level of the child. The activities are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. They provide excellent follow-up activities for Language is the Key.
We have translated many of the materials so you reach out to parents who are English language learners.
Here is an example of one of the 90 activities available for free download.
Sample Activity: Talking about things outside
Talking to children about what they see or hear teaches them new words.
Ask your child questions about things he/she sees outside:
Hints for talking about things outside
To help your child succeed, you can:
To make this activity more challenging, you can:
See the complete collection of free literacy resources.
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.
Iowa Parent Information Resource Center
Early Childhood Team Leader
Cedar Falls, Iowa