Learn with Me: Early Literacy K & L

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Learn With Me: Early Literacy from A to Z

Early literacy is more than just reading, talking and singing with your child. What you say and share has just as much impact as how it's delivered.

Whether its through books, conversations or jokes, a shared and diverse mix of activities and interactions with young children can shape the way they see, interpret and understand the world around them.

Each month, we'll journey through the alphabet, discovering different ways of creating memories and moments to share with the children in your life.

K is for ... Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the few rooms in a home that can be both a science, literacy and math station all at the same time.

Learning in the kitchen can happen in many forms, whether its through cooking recipes together, or creating a shopping list or just going through the different ingredients in the pantry. The kitchen is a great place to introduce new vocabulary, develop motor skills, and learn about different concepts like science and math by watching food transform.

Language & Literacy

Writing out a shopping list together introduces food vocabulary to a child.

Reading a recipe together introduces concepts of order, sequences, and kitchen equipment & following instructions to bring the item from page to stomach.


Recipes use math. Measuring cups and spoons, numbers and fractions in real-life settings help children understand the role of math in their everyday lives.


The kitchen is a natural science lab to test out different experiments. What happens to an egg when you boil it? What happens to an egg when you fry it? Kids can make predictions and test out their theories with simple ingredients.


L is for ... Listening

Active listening is a large part of literacy and learning skills for children of all ages. The ability to focus on a speaker and listen for content is something that develops over time and requires daily practice.

Many environments can be noisy and full of distractions, from classrooms to restaurants. Learning to listen at home can lead to successful experiences as your child grows older.

Through a variety of games and activities, you can help your child develop active listening skills at home or on the go.

Eye Contact

Model good listening skills for your child by looking them in the eye and really paying attention to what they are saying. Respond to their questions and observations to continue the conversation.

Listening Games

Simon Says and other listening games can help build listening and comprehension skills as children listen for clues and directions.

Repeat After Me

After you’ve given your child a task, ask them to repeat the instructions back to you. This gives your child a chance to process your request and make sure the understand the instructions.

Read, and Read Again

Reading a great way to boost listening skills. Ask your questions about the characters or story while reading. Point out interesting pictures in the books. Audiobooks are a great way to boost listening skills, as the child has to use their imagination to visualize the story they are hearing and make sense of the story.


Books to Share

For books to inspire kitchen experiments, or books to help with listening, visit your SJPL branch location to find more titles to share with your child.

Strega NonaThe Little Red HenThe Ultimate Step by Step Kid's First CookbookSalt Dough FunThe Rabbit ListenedWordy BirdyAnd the Train Goes...Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes

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