Literacy Tips

My Very Own ABCs
Make an alphabet book. Decorate it with markers, glitter, fancy paper, feathers and sequins, stencils, and stamps — whatever makes playing with letters fun.

Tell a story about your childhood.
Children love hearing about experiences their parents had at a similar age.

Scribble, Scribble
Help children use pencils, crayons, markers, and chalk. Help them make scribbles like the strokes used later to form letters: straight lines, curves, and circles.

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Make Music
Children develop motor skills as they clap, jump, twirl, and spin to music. Make simple musical instruments and play them as you sing.

Use simple props
such as a puppet or a stuffed animal to tell a story. Use silly voices for different characters and ask your child to join in.

Sing with your children
any chance you have. You don’t need a perfect voice, just some enthusiasm. Play music written especially for children.

Play Together
Encourage children to cut paper with child-friendly scissors, place beads on a string, play with blocks, and do simple jigsaw puzzles. These activities develop the fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination that they need for writing.

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