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Ontario Early Years Centres Learning To Love Family Space, Belleville 966-9427 Prince Edward Child Care Services, Picton 476-8142 Literacy Trenton Military Family Resource Centre Trenton 392-2811 A Family Newsletter Donna Kaye, Early Literacy Specialist February 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org 613-966-9427 ext 270 Fabulous February Fun: Rhyming & Alliteration Worth repeating: • Count cinnamon candy hearts. ...early literacy skills “Few children learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to lure them • Read aloud silly valentine cards. Roses are red into the wonderful world of the written Violets are blue word: someone has to show them the • Make heart shaped jam sandwiches using a cookie cutter. It’s time for bed way.” -Orville Prescott And I love you! “Life’s most urgent question is: • Search the web for a cookie recipe, read it aloud and make heart shaped cookies. Say: red rhymes with What are you doing for others?” -Martin Luther King Jr. • Create homemade Valentine cards. Help bed, they both end in ed. What else rhymes with “Every adult needs a child to teach; it’s your child cut, draw and print his/her the way adults learn.” -Frank A. Clark name to tell who the card is from. red? Help by giving a • Write love letters to relatives & friends. rhyme (head, Ted) and Books You’ll Love… Draw half a heart on folded paper and asking your child to say it • When Momma Comes Home Tonight help your child cut it out and open it up back to you. -Eileen Spinelli to see a heart. Decorate by drawing. Alliteration fun: Love You Forever Red Rambling Roses -Robert Munsch • Make homemade red & white play Happy Healthy Hearts Mama, Do You Love Me? dough and use heart cookie cutters. -Barbara M. Joosse Say “Happy Healthy • Make a placemat using all the Valentine Guess How Much I LoveYou cards you received, then laminate it. Hearts all start with -Sam McBratney Read them and talk each time you sit hhh” What letter makes I Love You Through and Through down to eat. a hhh sound? Praise! -Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak Early Literacy Development • points at pictures with one finger From birth, your child is growing and developing- • may make the same sound for a familiar picture physically, mentally, socially-and also his/her early • points when asked “where is…” literacy skills. Remember that all children are unique • turns books right side up and develop skills at different times. Let’s look closer • brings books to you to read at your infant’s abilities: • has favourite books 6-12 months old: To promote your infant’s literacy development: • reaches for books and puts books in mouth • sits in your lap and holds head steady • hold your infant comfortably, gaze face to face • turns pages with your help, looks at pictures • follow your infant’s cues for “more” or “stop” • vocalizes and pats the pictures • point to and name pictures, speak slowly • prefers pictures of faces • respond when your infant wants to read books • respect your infant’s short attention span 12-18 months old: • let your infant lead and have control of the book • sits without support, hold books with help • ask “where is the..?” and give enough time for her • may carry books around with him/her to point to it and name the things she is looking at • turns pages of board books, several at a time • repeat and imitate the sounds your infant makes • delays putting books in mouth as quickly • be animated, change your voice, have fun!