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Early Literacy Challenge: First. Next. Last.

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

Read: Use books to teach your child about sequencing. Books about games, routine and recipes emphasize the order in which things happen. Try The Napping House and Bee-Bim Bop.

Sing: Share songs that are about order -- Mix a pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in the pan. Fry a pancake, toss a pancake, catch it if you can!

Talk: Ask your child to talk about his daily routine. What do you do first? What do you do last? Make connections with the books you share. What happened in Hide and Seek?

Play: Act out stories and songs. Acting out and retelling stories will help your child learn the concepts of beginning, middle and end. Try this with an old favorite like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

Write: Have your child tell you a story. Write it down as she tells it, and then read it together to make connections between the spoken and written word.

Using words like first, next and last will help your child understand the order in which things take place. Seeing the steps involved in a recipe or a daily routine develops the important math concept of sequencing.

(content provided by early literacy expert and Outreach Librarian, Laura Kennett)


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