Early Literacy at Home: April 2018 Calendar
These fun and simple activities are just one way to help develop your child's pre-reading skills. Pick and choose or try them all!
Visit www.sjpl.org/events to find library programs and events near you!
(Photo courtesy of the CA State Library and Terry Lorant Photography)
April 1: Practice walking up and down the stairs
April 2: Read a folk or fairytale from another country
April 3: Start a journal for drawings, pictures and scribbles
April 4: Clap and dance to the ABC song
April 5: Read a story and talk about the characters
April 6: Do a puzzle or play a board game
April 7: Plant a seed in some soil and watch it grow with regular water and sunlight
April 8: Dance and sing to "the Hokey Pokey"
April 9: Find different ways to get to the library
April 10: Draw a picture of what you see outside the window in your journal
April 11: Pick a nursery rhyme to practice and memorize this month
April 12: Invent a story about something you see in your home
April 13: Use paper tubes as binoculars. What do you see?
April 14: Read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to learn about the life-cycle of a caterpillar
April 15: Tape each body part when singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
April 16: Share a book about Spring
April 17: Finger pant with yogurt or pudding
April 18: Sing "Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed"
April 19: Talk about the names of feelings; happy, sad, mad, scared, etc.,
April 20: Draw outside with sidewalk chalk
April 21: What kinds of bugs can you find at the park?
April 22: Move around like your favorite animal
April 23: Reread a favorite story, then have your child "read" it to you
April 24: Tear up paper with your fingers or scrunch it up into a ball
April 25: Learn a new song about birds
April 26: During bedtime, talk about the ups and downs of your day
April 27: Make a fort with chairs and a blanket
April 28: How has your plant changed over time?
April 29: Practice jumping three times on just one leg
April 30: Ask a librarian for a story recommendation