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 July you can encourage an early love of reading in your child. If you'd like to have a paper copy of this calendar to hang up at home, just visit our Flickr album for a version you can download.
July 5: See how many circles you can find today.
July 6: Go on a bug hunt, or catch some lightening bugs together.
July 7: Look at a wordless book together and talk about what's happening.
July 8: Read an alphabet book.
July 9: Let your child color a summer picture. Together, talk about the colors.
July 10: Have a TV Turnoff Day: Play games, read and talk instead.
July 11: Make letters using pretzels or other straight line snacks.
July 12: Roll a ball back and forth with your child, saying "mine" and "yours" as you play.
July 13: Read a rhyming book together.
July 14: Play a game of "peek-a-boo."
July 15: Print your child's name and see if he can say the letters.
July 16: Take a nature walk together naming what you find.
July 17: At the pool or in the tub, have some fun filling and dumping containers.
July 18: Clap your hands together to the rhythm of a song.
July 19: Play a game of "so big," stretching your child's hands up as you play.
July 20: See how many squares you can find today.
July 21: Bring out the pots and pans and make a kitchen band.
July 22: Read a favorite story, then let your child "read" it to you.
July 23: Give your child a pad and pencil and play "restaurant."
July 24: Sing a song together.
July 25: Play dress up with your child; talk about who/what you are.
July 26: As you share a book, talk about the pictures.
July 27: Visit your local library to turn your log in for reading club prizes!
July 28: West Chicago Public Library hosts a "summer reading party" at Turtle Splash Water Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 29: Count the seeds in a piece of fruit, such as a watermelon.
July 3: Point out print on the morning cereal box.
July 31: Practice some tongue twisters.