After the Storytime is designed to expand on your child’s experience during our Twos Together Storytime.  It includes activities, research and booklists to help you develop Early Literacy Skills with your child.

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talkImitating animal noises is a great way for toddlers to practice making language sounds and developing sound meaning. Animal sounds also help children hear the smaller sounds in words, which is good for when they are starting to sound out words to read.  If your child is bilingual, make the animal sounds in your language and talk about how they are or aren’t different in English.

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Most people are familiar with “Old MacDonald had a Farm“, a childhood standard that can be sung alone, with a book or with puppets and stuffed animals.  Once your child is familiar with the sounds that animals make, sing a song like “When Cow Gets Up in the Morning” and let your child correct you when you “accidentally” make the wrong sound.

“When Cow Gets Up in the Morning”

(sing the first 2 lines to the tune of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”)

When cow gets up in morning, when cow gets up in the morning.

When cow gets up in the morning, she always say “Hello”.

“Wait a minute, a cow doesn’t say ‘Hello”, what does a cow really say?”

(repeat with other animals and have fun!)

read 

Read books which feature animals and the sounds they make.

writeHow Your Child’s Writing and Art Change Over Time: Creativity is a bridge to learning.  When a child is creative and curious, they often can come up with answers to problems they encounter.  One of the most important activities that can bring out creativity in your child is  experimenting with art materials.  Keep supplies readily available and you will see your child’s art and writing change and become more controlled and complex as she grows.

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Hearing real animals making sounds in their natural environment is going to make a larger impact on a child.  So instead of having your child learn sounds through a book or flashcards, go to the zoo, visit a farm or simply watch ducks in the local pond.  Sights, sounds and even smells all contribute to a child’s learning of a concept.