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.
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."