Thanks to the wonderful folks in the Youth Services Department of the West Chicago Public Library for sharing their Early Literacy Activities Calendar with us each month. Here's a bunch of easy, creative ideas for how during the month of October you can encourage an early love of reading in your child. If you'd like a printable version of this calendar to hang up at home, just head to our Flickr album.
Oct. 1: After reading a book together, talk about what the characters did in the story.
Oct. 2: Take a walk and point out letters on signs and in the neighborhood.
Oct. 3: Have a TV Turnoff Day .. read and play games together instead.
Oct. 4: Sing "Old MacDonald" together and make the sounds of the animals.
Oct. 5: Look through magazines together and name the things you see.
Oct. 6: At bath time, provide cups and bowls for measuring and pouring.
Oct. 7: Read a favorite book today.
Oct. 8: Ask your child to point out where the title of the book is shown.
Oct. 9: Identify items in your kitchen and talk about how you use them.
Oct. 10: Put on some music and sing and dance together.
Oct. 11: Make up a story about one of your child's toys.
Oct. 12: How many circles can you spot today?
Oct. 13: Tell your child about your day.
Oct. 14: How many orange things can you spot today?
Oct. 15: Read a rhyming book together. Make up more rhyming words.
Oct. 16: Clap out syllables of silly words.
Oct. 17: Look for shapes in your house or backyard.
Oct. 18: Create "instructions" for brushing your teeth.
Oct. 19: Attend "Patty Cake Place" at the West Chicago Public Library today, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Oct. 20: Bake some cookies today and let your child frost them.
Oct. 21: Using blocks or cell phones, pretend to have a conversation together.
Oct. 22: Attend a library storytime today.
Oct. 23: Draw a picture of your family together.
Oct. 24: As you read a story together, run your finger over the print.
Oct. 25: Read a Halloween story together.
Oct. 26: Encourage your child to "read"his or her favorite book to you.
Oct. 27: Take a nature walk together, talking about what you see.
Oct. 28: Play dress up together, talking about who/what you are.
Oct. 29: Draw some pumpkins for your child to color.
Oct. 30: Sing a scary song together.
Oct. 31: Happy Halloween!