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.
May 1: Point out the first letter of your child's name. See how many you see today.
May 2: Narrate what you're doing while you make lunch or dinner.
May 3: Practice counting from 1 to 10. Can you do it backwards too?
May 4: Take a nature walk together, talking about what you see.
May 5: See how many words you can think of that rhyme with "cat."
May 6: Read a Mother Goose rhyme together.
May 7: Have a TV Turnoff Day -- play games, read and talk instead.
May 8: Use funny voices as you read a favorite book.
May 9: How many circles can you spot today?
May 10: Read an alphabet book together.