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 August. And if you would like to download a copy of the original calendar to hang in your home, just visit the Go West Flickr album.
Aug. 1: Take a counting walk. Count trees, flowers, etc.
Aug. 2: At the end of the day, create a story together about what you did.
Aug. 3: Read a book together, running your finger along the words as you read.
Aug. 4: Lie on your backs outside and name the shapes you see in the clouds.
Aug. 5: Give your child a pail of water and a paintbrush and have her paint letters on the sidewalk.
Aug. 6: Read a book about the beach, naming the items in the pictures.
Aug. 7: Blow some bubbles together.
Aug. 8: While out driving, read billboards and storefront signs.
Aug. 9: Visit the library together with your child.
Aug. 10: Read a rhyming book together.
Aug. 11: Have a pretend phone conversation with your child.
Aug. 12: Make up a story about a trip to the grocery store.
Aug. 13: Read a bedtime story in the dark with a flashlight.
Aug. 14: Play music and dance together, using pots and pans for rhythm.
Aug. 15: Draw patterns and shapes on paper and have your child copy them.
Aug. 16: Pick a letter of the alphabet and search for things that begin with that letter.
Aug. 17: Make a list of your child's favorite books.
Aug. 18: Compare measuring cups and spoons and play with measuring water.
Aug. 19: See how many squares you can count outside today.
Aug. 20: Make today a "laughter" day. Read funny stories and tell jokes.
Aug. 21: Draw your child's name outside using sidewalk chalk.
Aug. 22: Learn a new poem or rhyme today.
Aug. 23: Visit the library together with your child.
Aug. 24: Look for objects that begin iwth the "buh" (B) sound.
Aug. 25: Encourage your child to "read" a favorite book to you.
Aug. 26: See how many circles you can spot today.
Aug. 27: Make today a screen-free day: Read, tell stories and play together.
Aug. 28: Look at a book together, talking about what's happening.
Aug. 29: See how many purple things you can spot today and count them.
Aug. 30: Red an alphabet book.
Aug. 31: Make up rhyming words for your child's name.