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.
Learning that symbols and printed letters on signs have meaning is important. As you and your child move around your community, pay attention to which signs catch your child’s attention. It could be a blinking sign that says “OPEN”, a sign for their favorite restaurant, or even a stop sign. Explain what the sign means whenever you see it until they can tell you about it themselves!
Songs like “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck” have lots of verses, so if you find yourself singing these a lot, mix it up by adding a new verse. Or, get silly and put animals on your bus and see what sounds they make (“The Cow on the bus goes Mooooo, Mooooo, Mooooo”).
Part of getting children interested in books and reading is listening to their interests and finding things that appeal to them. Trucks, planes and trains, along with other modes of transportation, appeal to a lot of children and there are many options to satisfy a child’s curiosity. Check out our list of fiction and non-fiction titles or ask a Librarian for more suggestions.
Write the first letter of your child’s name on a piece of paper and have them “drive” over the shape of the letters with a toy car. Roll a toy car in paint and let your child roll it across paper to make tire tracks. Or, skip the paint and roll toy cars in play dough and talk about the different patterns the tires make.
Sounds of all kinds fascinate children and they love to imitate them. Make up a guessing game involving sounds you make of living things (cats, dogs, cows) and of non-living things (cars, trains, clocks). You make a sound and let your child guess, then let your child try to stump you!