Talking helps your child learn Narrative Skills, which is being able to retell a story and knowing that stories and events happen in sequence. Talk about the change in the weather—winter to spring. Your child has experiences with these changes and you can build on them. Knowing more about the world around him will help your child learn to read. It is easier to read about things that are familiar. As you talk with your child she will learn more Vocabulary, too and the more words your child knows, the easier learning to read will be.
Ten Spring Flowers
Flowers tall, (Raise hands up high.)
Flowers small, (Move hands down low.)
Count the flowers as they sway in the springtime breeze. (Move hands side to side.)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! (Point to each finger as you count.)
We Love Spring (Sing to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
We love rain in the spring, in the spring, in the spring. (Flutter fingers down.)
We love rain in the spring; it is a jolly time.
We love birds in the spring, in the spring, in the spring, (Flap arms to the side for wings.)
We love birds in the spring; it is a jolly time.
We love grass in the spring, in the spring, in the spring, (Touch the ground.)
We love grass in the spring; it is a jolly time.
We love tulips in the spring, in the spring, in the spring, (Cup hands for the head of a tulip flower.)
We love tulips in the spring; it is a jolly time.
Rhymes from: Artsy Toddler Storytimes by Carol Hopkins
Rhyming and Singing help your child hear the small sounds in words, which is Phonological Awareness, another skill your child must know in order to learn to read.
· Encourage your child to color the pictures as you and she talk about them. Coloring also helps get your child ready to learn to read!
So Talk, Rhyme, Sing, and Write (color)! You are your child’s first and best teacher!!