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Early Literacy Challenge: ABC Mix-Up

Challenge yourself to read, sing, talk, play, and write with your child in new ways this week!

Read: Share alphabet books like The ABCers by Carole Lexa Schaefer, An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner, and Museum ABC by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sing: Use Bingo to sing and spell your child's name. "There is a child that I know best and Laura is her name, oh! L-A-U-R-A! L-A-U-R-A! L-A-U-R-A! And Laura is her name, oh!"

Talk: Ask open ended questions about letters. "What begins with A? Who has A in their name?" Preschool children will start to recognize and identify with all the letters in their first name.

Play: Create letters from string, play dough, and sticks. Talk about letters while children are playing. "What are you cooking? What letter does that start with?"

Write: Spend time each day scribbling, drawing and writing. Where do your letters start? At the top!

When learning to write, it's easiest to start with capital letters that are at least three inches tall. Have your child trace them with her fingers. This will build both letter awareness and hand coordination.


ABCers by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Amazon Says: Learn the ABCs in a new way! What are ABCers? They’re Book readers and Friend greeters, Lap sitters and Race runners. When these friends go to the park to play, they sing a more...
Amazon Says: Learn the ABCs in a new way! What are ABCers? They’re Book readers and Friend greeters, Lap sitters and Race runners. When these friends go to the park to play, they sing and giggle, jump and tiptoe all the way from A to Z. Children will love following them throughout their very active day, as well as coming up with all the ABC things that they can do themselves, too! Filled with action, ABCers encourages learning, as well as play. less...
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An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner
Amazon Says: Imagine a preschool classroom with 25 cranky kids and one beleaguered teacher. It only takes one small annoying act from Adelaide to set off a chain reaction of bad behavior more...
Amazon Says: Imagine a preschool classroom with 25 cranky kids and one beleaguered teacher. It only takes one small annoying act from Adelaide to set off a chain reaction of bad behavior. Dexter is drooling, Flora is fuming, Jasper is jeering, Kirby is kicking . . . and before you know it, Stella is stumbling, Todd is tumbling, and Winthrop is weeping. Oh, oh, oh! What will it take to turn this annoying day around? Readers will be amazed and amused to see what happens when Adelaide . . . apologizes. Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley follow up their bestselling Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don't) with this outrageously funny alphabet book that shows that kindness can be contagious, too. less...
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Museum ABC by The (NY) Metropolitan Museum of Art
Amazon Says: Museum ABC is a unique and colorful picture book that introduces children to more than a hundred works of art, using the alphabet. Adults and children alike will love the visu more...
Amazon Says: Museum ABC is a unique and colorful picture book that introduces children to more than a hundred works of art, using the alphabet. Adults and children alike will love the visual and cultural richness of this alphabetical tour through the Metropolitan Museum's collection. less...
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