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Sunday
Feb022014

Early Literacy Activities Calendar for February 2014

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 you can encourage an early love of reading in your child during February.

Feb. 1: Use a flashlight or lamp to create hand shadows on the wall.
Feb. 2: Talk about the weather: Was the groundhog's prediction right?
Feb. 3: Visit your library today.
Feb. 4: See how many rectangles you can spot together today.
Feb. 5: Count the houses on your block - what colors are they?
Feb. 6: Have a "TV Turnoff" Day -- read or play games instead.
Feb. 7: Read a wordless book together and make up a story about the pictures.
Feb. 8: Come to the "Super Science Saturday" at 10 a.m. at the West Chicago Public Library.
Photo by Enokson on Flickr.
Feb. 9: Let your child help you make a grocery list today.
Feb. 10: How many "V's" can you find today?
Feb. 11: Draw some hears and let your child color them.
Feb. 12: How many red things can you spot today?
Feb. 13: Read a Valentine book together.
Feb. 14: Make a paper Valentine together; let your child dictate a message.
Feb. 15: Come to Wiggle Worms Music and Playtime today at the West Chicago Public Library at 10:45 a.m.
Feb. 16: Sing a favorite song, clapping the rhythm together.
Feb. 17: Read a book about presidents today.
Feb. 18: Count how many steps you take around the house.
Feb. 19: Give your child a pad and pencil and layout a "restaurant" together.
Feb. 20: Find a picture of George Washington and talk about him.
Feb. 21: Read a nursery rhyme together.
Feb. 22: Read a rhyming book together.
Feb. 23: See how many circles you can spot together.
Feb. 24: Sit quietly by the window and talk about what you see.
Feb. 25: Visit your library today.
Feb. 26: Play dress up with your child while talking about who or what she is.
Feb. 27: Read a favorite book together; can your child tell you the story?
Feb. 28: Look at a calendar and count how many Thursdays are in a year.
 
Friday
Dec062013

Early Literacy Activities Calendar for December 2013

Thanks to the great folks in the Youth Department at the West Chicago Public Library for sharing this monthly calendar, full of easy and creative ways to promote a love of reading and words in young children.

Dec. 1: Let your child choose a word and think of words that rhyme.

Dec. 2: As you read, see how many times your child sees the first letter of her first name.

Dec. 3: Read an alphabet book together.

Dec. 4: Read a "Mother Goose" story together.

Dec. 5: Make up a silly rhyming song.

Dec. 6: Sing a song together like "Frosty the Snowman."

Dec. 7: Enjoy Frost Fest activities in town and at the library.

Dec. 8: Select a gentle, quite book and read it together someplace cozy.

Dec. 9: Pick a favorite rhyme to recite with your child.

Dec. 10: Play "I Spy" -- How many green things can you spot?

Photo by Enokson on Flickr.

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Monday
Sep022013

Early Literacy Activities Calendar for September

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 September you can encourage an early love of reading in your child. 

Photo by Leo Reynolds on Flickr.Sept. 1: Ask you child to tell you about his/her favorite activity they did today.

Sept. 2: Encourage your child to turn the pages of a book while you read together.

Sept. 3: Looking at a garden, talk about how plants grow and what they need.

Sept. 4: Take a siesta today and read a book together on a sofa or blanket.

Sept. 5: Have a TV Turnoff Day - read or play games together instead.

Sept. 6: Read a favorite book together.

Sept. 7: Clap out the syllables of different words together.

Sept. 8: Find a topic that interests your child and look up information about it.

Sept. 9: Look at family photos and ask your child about the people in them.

Sept. 10: At bath time, provide lots of cups and containers so your child can measure and pour.

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Sunday
Jun022013

Early Literacy Activities Calendar for June

Thanks to the great folks in the Youth Department at the West Chicago Public Library for sharing this montly calendar, full of easy and creative ways to promote a love of reading and words in young children. 

Photo by Leo Reynolds on Flickr.June 1: Read a Mother Goose rhyme together.
June 2: Run your finger along the print as you read your favorite book.
June 3: Sing a song together.
June 4: Throw a large sheet over the kitchen table and read a book underneath.
June 5: Count the houses on your block.
June 6: Go through a family album and talk about the photos.
June 7: Sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" song, making the spider with your fingers.
June 8: Sign up for your local library's summer reading program.
June 9: Write the first letter of your child's name; talk about the sound that letter makes.
June 10: Sing the "Alphabet Song" together.

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Monday
Nov052012

Upcoming Preschool Fairs in Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Elgin

If you have a child who might be ready for preschool next fall, now is the time to look into your options. The Go West Preschool and Daycare Guide is a great place to start. But you'll want to meet preschool owners and staff in person, and for that reason, area Preschool Fairs are a good next step. Plus, you'll likely learn about some upcoming open houses where you can visit and tour the preschool, often with your little one in hand.

Here are a few upcoming Preschool Fairs. If you know of more, please include in the comments section!

A loft at the 5-Star Learning Ranch in Batavia, a Go West sponsor.WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7:

The annual Preschool Fair at the Batavia Public Library is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to drop-in and speak with representatives of preschools in both Batavia and Geneva. It will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can drop in anytime during those hours; no registration is required. (Note: I attended this fair two years ago, and it was very helpful. Plenty of parents do bring their kids, although if you really want to focus, it's best to leave them at home or bring another caregiver to help keep track of them.)

THURSDAY, NOV. 8:

The St. Charles Public Library's Preschool Forum will feature representatives from St. Charles preschools speaking about the unique qualities of their school. After the presentation, each preschool will be availble to answer questions. This event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is an adults-only event; no children please. Also, you MUST register in advance for this event by noon on Thursday. Call 630-584-9390 for details.

JANUARY 2013:

The Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin will host its annual Preschool & Childcare Information Fair on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon. Drop-in to speak with representatives from area preschool and daycare centers.

SPRING 2013:

The West Chicago Public Library held a Preschool/Day Camp Open House in the spring of 2012. I'll add it to the Go West Calendar and share details here once they are finalized for next year.