Posts by Jessica Davis

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Spiderweb

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Nature is an important part of mental, emotional, and physical development. It promotes calmness, releases the imagination, and invites children to explore the world around them. Of course, this week is all about spiders. Go outdoors with your child and see how many you can find. Talk with your child…
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Windy and Inflate

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Sing the Alphabet song (“Abc song”) with your child and play with plastic letters. Children learn the names of each letter while singing, letter shapes by drawing and playing with letters, and the sounds each make when they recite rhymes. The combination of all these strategies will help your child…
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Musician and Guitar

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Take advantage of books with beautiful illustrations and ask questions that let your child reply with longer sentences. Instead of asking “What’s this?” “What color is it?” “Is this a dog or a cat?”, ask things like: “Tell me what’s happening in this picture” or “What are some of the…
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Fruit and Delicious

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As you read the story, use your index finger to underline the text. Every now and then, stop at a specific word and repeat it. Share with your child that the markings on the page are words that form text. Words and letters have sounds and all of these form…
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Beans and Senses

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Teach your child the different parts of a book: front and back cover, spine, and pages. Remind children that books are to be enjoyed and are available to them at all times. It’s normal for baby board books to be chewed and really enjoyed as well! We must care for…
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Cloud and Shadow

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Reading with your child is better than reading to your child. Here’s how you can do it: Look at the cover together (Going on a Bear Hunt) and prompt “What do you think this book is about?”; when the child answers “About some people”, evaluate and expand “That’s right! It’s…
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Sleeting and Dew

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This week, talk to your child about books that you’ve read together. If you read, We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, ask questions about all the places the family had to go through. Doing this helps children with memory but more importantly, the sequences of events: what happened first, next,…
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Painting and Splatter

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Kids love getting a little messy sometimes, and doing so is a great learning experience. Things like painting and sculpting with playdough let your child’s imagination run wild, allow him/her to practice fine motor skills, and stimulate great conversations about what he/she is building or painting–all of which build early…
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Fuchsia and Vibrant

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Engage children with materials that promote identification of the letters of the alphabet, including ABC books, magnetic letters, alphabet blocks and puzzles. Use direct instruction to teach letter names that have personal meaning to children (“Look, Jennifer’s and Joey’s names both start with the same letter. What is the letter’s…
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Flower and Lilly

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As children begin to read, they need to learn to identify the sounds that make up words.  This process will lead to phonemic awareness and decoding skills when they go to school.  To help your toddler and preschooler get ready to read, help them identify sounds they hear in the…
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