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Early Literacy Challenge: Get Moving

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

Read: Use action stories like We're Going on a Bear Hunt, From Head to Toe, and Dancing Feet to get your child moving.

Sing: March to London Bridge. "London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady."

Talk: Ask questions about things that go. "What are some things that are fast? What are some things that are slow?" Have your child act out her answers.

Play: Use the words "stop" and "go" to create movement and fun. Pretend to be animals, leaves, airplanes or anything that moves.

Write: Stand up and use your finger to write letters in the sky.

Twenty percent of children are overweight. Using stories, songs and action rhymes to get your child moving will help him grow and stay healthy.


Amazon Says: Have you ever gone on a bear hunt? Come along on this one with a brave young family -- four children (including the baby) and their father. They're not scared. With them you w more...
Amazon Says: Have you ever gone on a bear hunt? Come along on this one with a brave young family -- four children (including the baby) and their father. They're not scared. With them you will cross a field of tall, wavy grass ("Swishy swashy!"), wade through a deep, cold river ("Splash splosh!"), struggle through swampy mud ("Squelch squerch!"), find your way through a big, dark forest ("Stumble trip!"), fight through a whirling snowstorm ("Hoooo woooo!"), and enter a narrow, gloomy cave. WHAT'S THAT? You'll soon learn just what to do to escape from a big, furry bear! With tremendous pace, humor, and verve, Michael Rosen has retold a favorite tractional story. The pictures by Helen Oxenbury, one of the most widely loved contemporary artists, are full of masterly characterizations, delightful comedy, and high drama, set in lovely sweeping landscapes. This is a book not to be missed, one to be chanted aloud and acted out, to be enjoyed over and over again. It is a picture book on the grand scale. less...
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Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig
Amazon Says: Clickity! Clickity! Long green feet!   Who is dancing that clickity beat? Lizard is dancing on clickity feet.   Clickity! Clickity! Happy feet! Introducing a get-up-and- more...
Amazon Says: Clickity! Clickity! Long green feet!   Who is dancing that clickity beat? Lizard is dancing on clickity feet.   Clickity! Clickity! Happy feet! Introducing a get-up-and-dance toddler book-so catchy and rhythmic, you'll almost want to sing it. Lindsey Craig's rollicking text features funny sound words (Tippity! Creepity! Stompity! Thumpity!), dancing animals, a singsong beat, and a guessing element just easy enough for preschoolers to anticipate. Marc Brown's artwork is bright, textured, and joyful, a collage of simple shapes for kids to find and name. So grab a partner and tap your feet to this read-aloud picture-book treat. less...
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