At Home ELA and Math Activities:
Help your child practice distinguishing and making up pairs of rhyming words. Say a pair of words to your child, such as the following:
After saying each pair, ask your child if the words rhyme or not. You can also make up your own word pairs. Use words that your child uses frequently and that are familiar to her/him.
Sing the alphabet song with your child. You can sing while you are out for a walk or during road trips. Encourage your child to pause slightly between letters, especially between The L, M,N, O and P. If you're at home, you can point to the letters on an alphabet strip or in an alphabet book as you sing the alphabet.
Use order words when you talk with your child. Use the terms “first,” “next,” and “last” when you are referring to events in a series. For example, use these terms while you are getting dressed for school in the morning. Say: I put on my pants first. Next, I put on my two socks. I put on my shoes last. You can also use these terms while you are playing with your child. For example, if you're building a tower with blocks, you can say: First, I put the biggest block at the bottom. Next, I put a thin, tall block. Last, I put the small, round block.
Gather groups of ten and if your child is ready go up to fifteen or twenty objects, common household items, such as spoons, jar lids, crayons, and blocks. Place the objects in groups of one to five objects each. Touch and count each of the items in one of the groups. Have your child do the same for that group and for the remaining groups.
You can also create groups by combining different types of household items. For example, you can place one spoon, two crayons, and one block together for a group of four items. We are also beginning to learn about taller and shorter than, and lighter or heavier than.
Family TimeRead to your child every single day! Go to the library and get a library card. As you read, ask your child questions. Who are the characters in the story, where does the story take place? What happened at the beginning of the story, the middle of the story, and the end. Practice writing their names every day!