Toddlers are excited to use their newly acquired mobility to explore their environment. This is often a very busy stage filled with activity and discovery. Children will begin to be able to name body parts, animals and common items in books as well as start to offer simple sentences such as “Me juice!”
Many toddlers are not ready to sit still to explore an entire book, and often reading will happen in small spurts between other activities. Below are some ideas to include early literacy throughout your toddler's day by talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
TALKING with Toddlers
Give your toddler plenty of opportunities to speak and listen throughout your day. Toddlers may need more time to respond to questions, so be sure to give them plenty of time to do so!
SINGING with Toddlers
At this stage children begin to be able to play with language. Important listening and speaking skills are being developed while participating in rhymes and singing songs.
You don't have to be musical to sing with your child! Here are some suggestions for incorporating singing throughout your day:
READING with Toddlers
Plant the seeds for a lifelong love of reading! Ensure reading is an enjoyable experience by finding a time and duration that works best for you and your child:
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WRITING with Toddlers
Exploring with writing helps children start to understand the purpose and meaning of print. Hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills required to write words are being developed as scribbles and marks grace the page.
PLAYING with Toddlers
Many language and literacy skills are learned through play. Children learn to think symbolically and start to understand story structure as they recreate stories or situations inspired by their experiences.