Resources for Infants

Support for Language is the Key

Free reproducible language and early literacy activities in English and Spanish

Supporting Literacy in Natural Environments

Activities for Parents, Caregivers and Young Children

Developed by Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D With Judy Challoner, Kristin Rytter, Ph.D, and Rodd Hedlund, Illustrations: Don Syverson (2006)

The development of these materials was supported by Grant H324M020084 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

These materials include twenty home and community activities for adults and children birth to three that encourage early language and literacy development. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.

Each of the twenty activities includes an activity description, and hints for making the activity fun and developmentally appropriate. In addition to the activities, you can download an activity checklist that helps parents and caregivers notice their children’s skills, and also cue adults to examine and grow their own interactions with children.

The materials are specifically designed to address the three key skills of 1) language development, 2) sounds and rhythms, and 3) general book and print awareness.

The files are in PDF format to allow easy and secure downloading.

A brief introduction to the materials

Activities and hints for adapting them to the child’s specific needs

Self-evaluation checklists for adults

The materials are made available by Angela Notari-Syverson and colleagues, and may be copied and distributed as long as they are not sold.