First Games 2-3 y/o
Turn Taking, Simple Matching & Fun Motor
Turn Taking, Memory, Counting, Colors, Sorting, Matching & Gross Motor
- Dr Suess Games: What is in the Cat's Hat?
- Melissa & Doug Sandwich Stacking Game
- Matchin' Middles Cookie Game
- Curious George Games: Discovery Beach
Books 0 -12mo
Interactive, Simple & Rhyming
- Bold Picture Books...Bright Baby Series
- Touch & Feel Series (sensory-textures)
Books 12-36 mo ...and beyond
Repetition, Rhythm & Rhyme, Early Lessons, Love
- Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr Seuss
- Hand Hand Finger Thumb by Al Perkins
- Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.Brown
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr.Brown
- Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton
- Opposites by Eric Carle & by Sandra Boynton
- Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
- Toes, Ears, & Nose by Marion Dane Bauer
- Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martin Agassi
- I Went Walking by Sue Williams
- Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
- Guess How Much I Love by Sam Mc Bratney
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- The Napping House by Audrey Wood
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Benefits of Reading to Your Child:
- Bonding with parents & caregivers
- Positive association with books & increased value of reading
- Exposure to rhyme & repetition increases understanding of to letters & letter sounds
- Encourages early literacy skills & imagination
- Promotes language development & inquisitive communication
- Social stories provide a reference for real life situations & lessons
- Rhyming is an important preliteracy activity
- Nursery rhymes, learned before 3 years of age, have been linked to improved reading and spelling skills
- Letter rhyming has been correlated to a better understanding of letter name and sound recognition and therefore ease of learning to reading
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-Coch D, Hart T, Mitra P. 2008. Three kinds of rhymes: An ERP study. Brain Lang. 104(3):230-43.
-Corriveau KH, Goswami U, Thomson JM. (2010). Auditory processing and early literacy skills in a preschool and kindergarten population.J Learn Disabil. 43(4), 369-82.
-Lemons CJ, Key AP, Fuchs D, Yoder PJ, Fuchs LS, Compton DL, Williams SM, Bouton B. (2010). Predicting Reading Growth with Event-Related Potentials: Thinking Differently about Indexing "Responsiveness"Learn Individ Differ. 1;20(3),158-166.
-Martin ME, Byrne B. (2002). Teaching children to recognise rhyme does not directly promote phonemic awareness. Br J Educ Psychol. 72(Pt 4), 561-72.
-Peifer K, Perez L. (2010). Effectiveness of a Coordinated Community Effort to Promote Early Literacy Behaviors. Matern Child Health J. [Epub ahead of print]
-Zuckerman B, Augustyn M. (2011). Books and reading: evidence-based standard of care whose time has come. Acad Pediatr. 11(1), 11-7.
Books Preschool (3-5 y/o)
basic books on topics of interest for your child
Social Stories & Lessons:
sharing, stranger danger, manners, kindness,
diversity, pets, new siblings...
- Nobunny's Perfect by Anna Dewdney
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendaPak
- Freight Train by Donald Crews
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
- Go, Dog, Go! by PD Eastman
- Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
- It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
- Elephant and Piggie by Mo Williams
- Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
- Oh Say Can You Say by Dr Seuss
- One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogain
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?
- "Letter of the Day": fill a box with items or cut out pictures that start with the letter, encourages children to learn letter sounds
- "Creative Storytelling":pick 3 pictures or objects and encourage your child to join you in creating a story related to the items, build to incorporate a beginning/ middle/ end or a firsst/ next/ finally concept
It's never too early to start:
Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!: a book to be read in Utero
There are many wonderful books; however here are some tried and true classics suggested by elementary & kindergarten teachers, to guide your selection. You don't have to buy them all, please visit your local library too.
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