Literacy Tips for Parents

Share family stories.

Talk with your child about what family means to you. Have an older adult tell your child a story from their childhood.

Play with pumpkins!

Use pumpkin goop and seeds as a sensory experience. Squish, squeeze, and pick out the seeds. Share words to describe what you're doing.

E is for exercise!

Do a few simple exercises with your child, such as jumping jacks or touching toes. Talk about why exercise is important to being healthy.

What do you think?

Start a conversation after sharing a book. How did the story make you feel? This helps your child gain a deeper understanding of the story.

Can you guess?

Take turns trying to describe something without saying the name of the living being, places or thing. Why? This game develops vocabulary.

Let’s plan it out!

Borrow informational books about something your child is interested in. Use these to help create ideas for a dramatic play area at home.

Discover new things to do...every day!

Get daily ideas for what to read, watch, sing, and try with your child from the Day By Day Ohio Family Literacy Calendar.

Ready, set, balance!

Why? Writing skills start with a strong core. Think tummy time for babies and standing on one leg for toddlers & preschoolers.

Read & listen to a picture book...with sign language!

Watch free videos of ASL retellings of books for kids. Reading and signing stories together promotes essential literacy skills for all kids.

Sing along...slowly.

Sing at a slower tempo. Why? So your child can hear the smallest sounds in the words.

Narrate it!

Why? Describing what you're doing during the day helps build your little one’s vocabulary.

Choose your own ending!

Before finishing a book, ask your child how they think the book will end. Why? This encourages creative thinking & a deeper understanding.

Let's go on a letter hunt!

Pick an alphabet letter. Then ask your child to find the letter on items. Why? This helps your child notice and focus on printed letters.

Pick it up!

Practice using tweezers to pick up things like pom-poms and cotton balls. Why? This helps develop the muscles needed for writing.

Imagine it...with a block, cup, or spoon!

Why? Simple toys like these encourage talking during play. This is a great way to practice pronunciation and build vocabulary.

Say my name!

Why? This helps your child focus. Use their name as an anchor before sharing new words,, like "Katie, look at that tomato."
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