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Having Fun with Books!

The Reading Connection

Reading Strategies outlines three steps to helping your kids LOVE reading.

1.  Find high-interest books 

High-interest books are simply books to which kids are attracted.  You may not have thought of these selections are kid charmers.  Give them a try — you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Check it out!

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Providence Talks

Providence Talks is a great organization based in Rhode Island. The voluntary program gives low-income families “word pedometers” that count the number of words spoken to their children under four. The organization uses this information to work with families to increase the word count.

 

Early results demonstrate that simple access to information can be powerful. In one pilot study, caretakers presented with data on their child’s vocabulary development increased their adult daily word count by 55% on average.

Check them out at their website here.

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Making Reading Meaningful

Project Enlightenment (found here) has partnered with the Wake County Public School System to created a great set of activities to make reading (and writing) meaningful for preschoolers.  These activities include cooking with children and letting them follow the recipe to “providing print materials such as menus, tickets, maps, and catalogues for children to use in pretend play.”

The activities can be found here.

 

http://www.projectenlightenment.wcpss.net/parent_resources/Make_Read_Write_Meaningful.pdf

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50 Simple Literacy Activities

I stumbled upon a fabulous literacy blog, while doing some research. The blog, Early Literacy Counts, can be found here and has lots of information and resources for early literacy.

One of my favorite posts has 50 simple activities to help kids with early literacy. It has everything from talking to dancing to routine to quiet time.

Take a look at the list here: http://earlyliteracycounts.blogspot.com