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Talking helps a child develop early literacy skills. Nurture your babbling baby into a talkative toddler by talking and reading to him often. Talking is also an excellent way to build his narrative skills. These skills are needed to help him with reading as he grows older.
Read aloud and encourage your child to read along with you. You can initiate conversations about stories by asking, “What do you see on this page?” or “What do you think will happen next?”
What Is the Weather Today?
Make a simple “Weather Chart” and get your child to fill the chart as you talk about the weather daily. Talk about the activities they can or cannot do and what they need to wear or bring depending on the weather that day. For example, “It is sunny today. We can play outside!” or “It will rain today. You need to carry an umbrella.”
If you have older children, use picture books to talk about the different weathers and seasons in other countries. Engage in pretend play by getting your child to imagine that they live in a different country. Ask questions like, “What would you wear during winter?” or “What would you eat or drink on a snowy day?” You can also talk about the science behind each weather or season.. Complement the discussion with fun experiments like creating your own rainfall, lightning, and rainbow!
I am Thankful
Talking about the things that one is thankful for is a great way to instil and cultivate gratitude in our children. Explain to your child what gratitude means and provide simple examples. For a start, encourage your child to say “Thank you”. You will probably need to prompt your child in the beginning. For instance, “What do you say to your sister/brother for sharing their toys with you?”
As your child grows older, you can get your child to create a “Gratitude Tree or Flower” by writing down or drawing the things and people that they are thankful for on each flower petal or leaf. Alternatively, you can get your child to take photos of what they are grateful for. Spend some time to read what they have written and look at the photos together and talk about them. Ask questions like, “How do you feel when you receive this gift?” and “What else can we do to show our gratitude to someone?”
When I Grow Up
Discover your child’s interests by talking about jobs.. As your child’s biggest role model, begin by sharing what you do at home and work! Introduce your child to other jobs in the community. Talk about how each job requires people to work at different places and use different tools and skills. For instance, “The cashier at the supermarket helps you to check out your groceries. He uses a cash register.” Or “The artist creates an artwork by painting on a canvas.” Make learning more fun by playing dress-up. Get your child to put on different clothes for the different jobs. You can also incorporate a treasure hunt by hiding the tools related to the different jobs and getting your child to find the items.
For older children, get them to name and talk about a job that begins with a letter of your choice. For instance, “Name a job that begins with A and tell me what you know about it.” Most importantly, ask your child about their aspirations and dreams!
Title: The Thank You Book
Author: Mary Lyn Ray
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
OverDrive Link: https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/4027341
Thank you isn’t just for learning manners.
It’s also for when something wakes a
little hum—a little happy hum—inside you
and you want to answer back.
The Thank You Book explores the many ways we can be thankful for the pleasures great and small that await us every day. Tender and poetic, it reflects on the role gratitude can play in our lives and celebrates the powerful impact it can have.
Title: Benjamin Bear Says Thank You
Author: Claire Freedman & Steve Smallman
Publisher: Lion Hudson LTD
OverDrive Link: https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/2537553
Here comes Benjamin Bear - always full of bounce. He loves playing with his friends, but somehow he keeps hurting their feelings. He never says thank you. In this charming story Benjamin Bear learns to say thank you - and how much those little words mean.
Title: Hello, Rain!
Author: Kyo Maclear
Publisher: San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 
Location: Early Literacy Picture Books
Call Number: English MAC
A picture book celebrating all the reasons to love the rain! Flowers bloom in the garden. Umbrellas bloom on the streets. There are puddles for jumping and, later, a cozy home for hot chocolate and books.
- The ultimate rainy day read!
- Full of bright, eye-catching illustrations
- From international acclaimed writer Kyo Maclear and printmaker Chris Turnham
The air is full of waiting. The sky is full of breeze. The trees gust and billow. All before it rains.
Rumble, rumble. Distant thunder. Rain is coming, rain is coming.
No matter what kind of weather you prefer, Hello, Rain! is a great reminder of the natural beauty all around us.
- Children’s books for kids age 3-5
- Great read aloud picture book
- Ideal for nature lovers
Title: Vet: An Action Play Book
Author: Dan Green
Publisher: London : Ladybird Books, 2020.
Location: Early Literacy Sense & Sensations
Call Number: English GRE
Join in and help the busy vet in this playful, interactive flap book!
It’s another busy day! Join in and use the flaps to help the vet as she listens to the dog’s heart, gives the chameleon her medicine and X-rays the cat’s leg. With interactive action-flaps, you can do it, too!
Each clever flap provides an action or scene-change to encourage children to actively engage and explore. The playful flaps are perfect for little hands to help develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Original concept and illustration by Dan Green.
All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.
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