Rhyming fun for young children
April is National Poetry Month, a great time to explore many of the awesome Rhymes and Mother Goose picture books available. Rhymes encourage children to play with language and help them to hear the different sounds that make up words.
Backward through the day
A fun and powerful bedtime activity is to tell about what happened during the day. There are a few ways you can do this. You can summarize the highlights of the day as a story: "One day a little bear woke up. After getting dressed and eating her breakfast, the little bear went to the Library." Another way is to create a song, inserting the day's activities. I use Elizabeth Mitchell's Freight Train song: "Going to the Library, going so fast...." Using your creativity, you will be building language skills, bonding, and strengthening those neural pathways in your child's brain.
Video children's stories
Enjoy charming animated videos with your child from PBS's Between the Lions. These delightful videos are based on popular children's books including "A Birthday for Cow!" and "Owen and Mzee." The videos help the stories come alive and prominently feature the text of the books and promote print awareness. Check out the books the videos are based on and pair watching the videos with reading the books.