Get Ready with Words

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Cloud and Shadow

Get Ready with Words
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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Collection and Numerous

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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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Opaque and Transparent

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Remember, learning should be fun! Children learn best through play and luckily play always has an opportunity to teach your child something. Enrich this experience by participating in at least one activity with your child each day. Talk to your child about the game you are playing, ask questions, and…
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Liquid

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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. Water is an important natural resource that we use everyday, but where does it come from? Introduce your child to The Water Cycle with this…
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Drum and Percussion

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Music helps develop language and promotes listening skills, coordination and fine and large motor skills. Children can learn and remember words easier through songs, and the rhymes help develop phonological awareness, a basic skill for reading success. For more ideas visit http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/81/ . EN ESPAÑOLDefinitionsLiteracyArtScienceDefinitionsDefinitions DRUM – A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT THAT…
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Fragile and Sturdy

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Did you know that the kind and number of words a child hears in the first 3 years of life will predict how well he or she will do in school? For that reason, talk in long sentences, ask questions and share words of encouragement.  For example, if your young…
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