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Summer Wonder: Little Readers (ages 0-4)

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Summer Wonder for Little Readers

    As a parent, you are your child’s first, best teacher. The Kent County Success Basics are five fun, easy and powerful ways to help your child grow. Complete Summer Wonder's 30-Day Challenge by doing 30 days of any of the following activities between June 1 and Aug. 8

    Read and discuss stories

    • Before you open a book, read the title and look at the pictures. Guess what it might be about. 
    • Read a story and act out movements to some of the action words. 
    • Reread your child’s favorite book. 
    • While reading, describe the pictures, talking about colors, shapes and characters. 
    • Read books together that are about people who are alike and different from you and your child. 

    Talk: Sing and point

    • Sing a nursery rhyme. 
    • Make up your own verses for the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know it.” 
    • As you walk or do errands, talk about what you are doing while do it and what it going on. 
    • Say and do the motions to one of your favorite rhymes. 

    Love: Maximize love, manage stress

    • Respond to your child’s feelings and let them know that all feelings are okay. 
    • Have your child help you prepare dinner. 
    • For snack, offer limited choices. For example: apples OR grapes. 
    • Spend time outside together.  Spread out a blanket and look at the clouds. 

    Play: Explore through movement and play

    • Put on a puppet show using stuffed animals or make your own sock puppet. 
    • Play search and find: hide things under a blanket and have your child “find” it or play hide and seek. 
    • Get out spoons and pots to make a kitchen band. 
    • Drawing is a good way to exercise little hands and be creative. Put out some crayons and paper. Your child can also experiment with tearing and folding the paper. 

    Count: Group and compare

    • Help your child clap to the beat as you listen to a song.  
    • In the bath, fill up and dump out a cup. Talk about “full” vs. “empty” and “in” vs “out.”
    • Count a basket of objects together and sort them into related groups. 
    • Share a counting book together. 

    Log your baby's activities online or in print

    • Online: Beanstack
    • Printable: PDF | PDF en Español (PDF to come)
      Summer Wonder Log 2020