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Early Literacy Activities Calendar for May

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 May 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.

Photo by catd_mitchell on Flickr.May 1: How many rectangles can you spot today?

May 2: Point out the first letter of your child's name. See how many you can see today.

May 3: Narrate what you're doing while you make lunch or dinner.

May 4: Practice counting from 1 to 10. Can you do it backwards, too?

May 5: Take a nature walk together, talking about what you see.

May 6: See how many words you can think of that rhyme with "cat."

May 7: Read a Mother Goose rhyme together.

May 8: Have a TV Turnoff Day - play games, read and talk instead.

May 9: Use funny voices as you read a favorite book.

May 10: How many circles can you spot today?

May 11: Read an alphabet book together.

May 12: How many squares can you spot today?

May 13: Happy Mother's Day!

May 14: As you're running errands, point out signs and read them to your child.

May 15: Stack some pillows (inside or out) and curl up with some good books.

May 16: Ask your child to show you the parts of a book (cover, pages, spine, etc.)

May 17: Talk about "big" and "little" today.

May 18: Count the houses on your block - what color are they?

May 19: Sing a rhyming song like "Itsy-Bitsy Spider" together.

May 20: See how many blue things you can find today.

May 21: Play dress up with your child, talking about who/what she is.

May 22: Make a grocery list together.

May 23: Read a bedtime story together.

May 24: Read a favorite book together, then see if your child can "read" it to you.

May 25: Give your child a paper and pencil or crayons and let him practice "writing."

May 26: Read a wordless book together, describing what's happening.

May 27: Look at a children's picture dictionary together and pick out words you like.

May 28: Happy Memorial Day!

May 29: Before bath time, let your child paint with pudding.

May 30: Point out the names of fruits and vegetables at the grocery store.

May 31: Bring out the pots and pans and make a "kitchen band."

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