Preschoolers can understand and use nearly 1,000 words. They also begin to use correct grammar – you can hear these differences by listening to your child talk. Instead of seeing her point and say “doggie,” you will hear, “Look at the dog.” The more your child talks and listens to others, the more words and expressions she will learn and use.
- Get Ready to Read! Research shows that children whose parents read to them have an easier time learning to read. Read your child fun and lively stories every day and encourage playing with books.
- On the “Write” Path to Reading. Leave “I love you” or “see you when you get home” notes in a lunchbox, or have your child hold the grocery list while you shop to practice reading.
- Take your child to the Library. Get into a routine of taking your child to the library for story time and to check out books. The librarian will also likely have recommendations.
Freight Train, by Donald Crews
The Family Book, by Todd Parr
The Big Shiny Sparkly First Words Book, by Williable Tong
- Just in Time Parenting (JITP) is an outreach innovation that brings high quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives. You can “ask an expert” and hear from other parents. www.extension.org/parenting
- Internet safety Your child may still be mastering her ABCs, but she can probably find her way around her favorite Web site better than you can. Check out our tips for keeping your littlest Web-surfers safe from Scholastic’s Website.
- There are lots of activities, story hours, and BOOKS at the library. Maine’s Libraries have a searchable database of every library with hours, activities, and links to each library’s website.
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