Its hard to blog when your 3 year old has a letter to type

This to some may seem like he is just playing around, but he is actually building preliterate skills. He also plays with bath letters, or fridge magnets.

So many times, things I want to write about go unheard for long periods of time while I let him do his own exploration of the written and spoken word.

There are many toys and activities you can do to help build your child’s preliteracy/literacy skills, other than letting him at your keyboard, here are just a few:

  1. Read daily – there is nothing more important than reading to your child when they are young, starting at birth. Even if you only have picture books, you can describe whats going on and convey they pictures have meaning. Later they will see printed words and realize, printed word has meanings that relate to the pictures.

  2. Create a Print Rich Environment – this simply means, label everything, at their eye level. Door, Wall, Couch, Chair etc. Label it, take time when you are near the word to show it to your child, “this says wall, this is the wall (and touch the wall)” this will teach your child words have meaning in print in the real world

  3. Alphabet – have available letter manipulative such as I described above, fridge magnets, or bath letters. When your children are older, you can get word magnets. They can mix and match letters and practice their sounds in independent play. Work with your child, make up games, sing songs about the sounds in your together time. Other manipulative can be ABC cookie cutters in play dough, texture letters from the teacher store etc

  4. Flash Cards – sounds silly, but it works, you can get in expensive flash cards from most teacher or toy stores. Take 5- 10 minutes (what your child can sit through) and go over the letter and sounds. If they hav