Thank you for purchasing PLA's 2020 Early Literacy Activities Calendar

 
Thank you for purchasing PLA's 2020 Early Literacy Activities Calendar
Thank you for purchasing
      PLA's 2020 Early Literacy
        Activities Calendar
Each month print out these bright and colorful activity-packed calendars
and share them with your library's families. Based on the Every Child
Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing
(and now counting), each download contains twelve months of learning
activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more. On one side is a
calendar with a fun skills-building activity for each day and the other
contains supplementary content like nursery rhymes, early literacy tips,
song lyrics, or suggested reading material.

Use the space on the upper right of the calendar page to customize with
your library's logo and contact information.
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 about the Public Library Association.
   To get more information on Early
        Childhood Literacy visit
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JANUARY 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
         SUNDAY                         MONDA Y                          TUESDAY                     WED NESDAY                      THURSDAY                             FRIDA Y                    SATUR DAY

                                                                                               1    WRITING                  2    PLAYING                       3    TALKING                  4    SINGING
                                                                                               Draw the numbers 2020 and     Play ‘Riddle Me’                   Discuss things to do this     Make up a song using your
                                                                                               color them with               I’m orange and round and           year.                         child’s name.
                                                                                               yourchild. Talk               delicious. What am I?
                                                                                               about the                     Yes! An Orange!
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                                                                                               new year.

5    COUNTING                  6    READING                     7    WRITING                   8    PLAYING                  9    TALKING                       10   SINGING                  11   COUNTING
Weigh your child and           Visit the                        With your child write (and     Play ‘Simon Says’ with        Look out the window and            Sing the Hokey-Pokey song.    Measure your child’s height
write it here                  library and                      talk about) important dates    your child.                   name all the things that             (Words are on the back. )   and write it here
Save the calendar to           check out a                      on a 2020 calendar.            (Instructions                 you see.                                                         Save the calendar and
compare next year.             book.                                                           are on                                                                                         measure again in June.
                                                                                               the back. )

12   READING                   13   WRITING                     14   PLAYING                   15 TALKING                    16   SINGING                       17   COUNTING                 18   READING
Ask ‘What do you think         With your child write            Play ‘Follow the Leader.’ Do   Talk about things that made   Sing about daily routines.         Count all of your child’s     Be a reading role model.
will happen next? Before       “Birthday” on each day in        things and ask your child      you happy today.              This is the way we make the bed,   fingers and toes. Count             Let your child catch
turning the pages of a book.   2020 that is the birthday of     to do the same. (Touch                                       make the bed, make the bed.        all of your                         you reading a book,
                               a family member. Talk about      your head, Turn around, Sit                                  This is the way we brush our       fingers                             a newspaper, or a
                               what you are doing.              down.)                                                       teeth, etc.                        and toes.                           magazine.

19   WRITING                   20   PLAYING                     21   TALKING                   22   SINGING                  23   COUNTING                      24   READING                  25   WRITING
Write a list of things to do   Go on a scavenger hunt.          Talk about your favorite       Sing a favorite               Measure your feet day! Line        Read a book about Arctic      Draw the outline of your
today. Have your child check   Look for things that begin       foods. Ask your child          song in a                     up all the family’s shoes and      Animals. The library can      child’s hand on a piece of
off each as it is completed.   with B. Book, bowl, blanket.     questions about their          high voice                    boots. Whose are biggest?          help you find one.            paper. Write the date and
                                                                favorite foods.                and then in                   The smallest?                                                    have your child “sign” the
                                                                                               a low voice.                                                                                   drawing. Save it.

26   PLAYING                   27   TALKING                     28   SINGING                   29   COUNTING                 30   READING                       31   WRITING
Let’s dance! Play favorite     Look at a collection of          Take turns singing parts of    Say the “Five Little          Ask your child to help you         Make an alphabet poster
songs that will inspire your   books at the library. Ask        the ABC song. Sing it fast     Snowmen” rhyme.               create a grocery list.             with your child. Make the
child to do different things   your child which they would      and sing it slow.              (Words are on the back. )                                        letters large and colorful.
like jump and spin around.     like to read. Talk about their
                               choice.
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You have been your child’s teacher from the day
he or she was born.                                                                                                         Books to Read
You know more about your child than anyone else, and you are in the best position
to help your child get ready to read. Whether your child is four days old or four years
old, it is not too early or too late to help him or her develop pre-reading skills. You
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can help your child learn language and other early literacy skills with simple and fun
activities like those in this calendar.

SIMON SAYS                                                                                                                  Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
                                                                                                                            the librarian for a recommendation.
Designate someone as “Simon.” Simon gives commands either by saying “Simon
Says...touch your toes” or leaving off the “Simon says” part and only saying “touch
your toes.” Players should only do the action when Simon uses the words “Simon
Says” before issuing a command.                                                                                             FOR READERS AGES 0-3
Commands can include things like: Jump up and down; Pat your head; Clap your hands; Touch your toes;
Sit down.                                                                                                                   My First Chinese New Year
                                                                                                                            by Karen Katz

FIVE LITTLE SNOWMEN                                            THE HOKEY POKEY                                              Can You Eat?
Five little snowmen standing in a row,                         You put your right foot in                                   by Joshua David Stein
(Hold up five fingers)
                                                               You take your right foot out.
Each had a hat and a big red bow.
(Put hands on head and then neck)
                                                               You put your right foot in                                   FOR READERS AGES 3+
                                                               And you shake it all about.
Out came the sun and stayed all day,                                                                                        READING With Frida/
(Circle arms overhead)                                         You do the hokey pokey                                       Contando
And one little snowman melted away.
(Slump down)
                                                               And you turn yourself around.                                Con Frida
                                                               That’s what it’s all about.                                  by Patty Rodriguez
REPEAT WITH 4, 3, 2 , 1, UNTIL NO SNOWMEN ARE LEFT.                                                                         and Ariana Stein
                                                               REPEAT WITH “ LEFT FOOT,” “ RIGHT HAND,” “ LEFT HAND,” AND   (Text is in English and Spanish)
                                                               “ WHOLE SELF”!

                                                                                                                            The Duckling Gets a
                                                                                                                            Cookie!?
                                                                                                                            by Mo Willems
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FEBRUARY 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
         S U ND A Y                      MO NDAY                       TUESDAY                       WED N ESD AY                       TH URSDAY                           FRIDAY                         SAT U RD AY

                                                                                                                                                                                                   1    WRITING
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Use a red crayon and keep a
                                                                                                                                                                                                   list of all the red
                                                                                                                                                                                                   things you
                                                                                                                                                                                                    see today.
        W W W . P L A . O RG

2    PLAYING                   3    TALKING                   4    SINGING                     5    COUNTING                    6     READING                      7    WRITING                    8    PLAYING
Play the yes-no game.          Ask your child questions       Sing some                        Look at a calendar. Count        Pick a book to read                Let your child scribble and     Go on a scavenger hunt.
Is this color blue?            that have more than a yes      favorite                         the number of days until         together. Stop reading             draw, encourage them to         Look for things that start
Is it nighttime?               or no answer.                  songs. Clap                      Valentine’s Day. Draw a          before the end and ask your        ‘sign’ their name on their      with the “f” sound, like fruit,
Is our dog’s name Eddy?        What is your favorite color?   along to                         heart around February 14.        child, “What do you think          drawing.                        feet, face, fork.
                               Why do you like that color?    the singing.                                                      will happen?”

9    TALKING                   10   SINGING                   11   COUNTING                    12   READING                     13   WRITING                       14   PLAYING                    15   TALKING
After reading together, talk   Read and then sing             Compare things.                  Set up a reading                  Letters are everywhere. Today     Happy Valentine’s Day! Sing     Talk about your family’s
about interesting words in     “Twinkle, Twinkle,Little       Who is taller? Who has smaller   routine: read                     look for the letter that your     “The More We Get Together.”     plans for the day. What is
the book.                      Star.” (Words are on the       shoes? Who has more food on      after naps and                    child’s first name begins with    (Words are on the back. )       your child excited to do or
                               back. )                        their plate?                     before                            and show them when you find                                       see?
                                                                                               bedtime.                         it. Ask your child to also look.

16   SINGING                   17   COUNTING                  18   READING                     19   WRITING                     20    PLAYING                      21   TALKING                    22   SINGING
Sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”   Recite the rhyme “One, Two,    Look at the covers of books      Trace shapes and letters in      Recite “Here is the Beehive.”      Introduce a new word to         Sing a favorite song and
together. (Words are on the    Buckle My Shoe.” (Words are    before reading them. Guess       a shallow plan of flour, salt,   (Words are                         describe how you feel. Say      clap along to the beat.
back. )                        on the back. )                 what the books are about         or baking soda.                  on the                             “I feel cheerful” rather than
                                                              based on their covers.                                            back. )                            “I’m happy.”

23   COUNTING                  24   READING                   25   WRITING                     26   PLAYING                     27    TALKING                      28   SINGING                    29   COUNTING
Draw a triangle and a          Point out signs everywhere Make a list of family                Use masking or duct tape to      Talk about concepts like           Sing and dance “The Hokey       Place several objects on a
square. Count the              today. Explain what they say member names. Talk about           make lines or shapes on the      “on” and “off” when you put        Pokey.”                         table. Ask which is largest,
number                         and how they help.           what each person likes             floor. Walk along the tape.      on and take off hats and                                           which is heaviest, which is
of sides                                                    to do.                                                              jackets.                                                           smallest.
for each.
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How we read to children is as important as how
often we read to them.                                                                                                   Books to Read
No matter what your child’s age, reading together with your child—or shared
reading—can help your child get ready to read. Engage your child in back and
forth conversation about the books you read. Children learn more words when
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they have the opportunity to respond to questions. If English is not your first
language, speak to your child in the language you know best. This allows you to
explain things to your child more fluently.
                                                                                                                         Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
                                                                                                                         the librarian for a recommendation.
TWINKLE, TWINKLE,                        THE MORE WE GET TOGETHER
LITTLE STAR
                                         The more we get together
Twinkle, twinkle, little star            Together, together                                                              FOR READERS AGES 0-3
How I wonder what you are                The more we get together
Up above the world so high               The happier we’ll be                                                            All Kids are Good Kids
Like a diamond in the sky                ‘Cause your friends are my friends                                              Judy Carey Nevin
Twinkle, twinkle little star             And my friends are your friends
How I wonder what you are                The more we get together                                                        Moo Ba La La La
                                         The happier we’ll be                                                            by Sandra Boynton

THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER
The itsy bitsy spider went up the        ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE                                                        FOR
water spout.                             One, two; buckle my shoe.                                                       READERS
(Move fingers up toward sky)             Three, four; shut the door.                                                     AGES 3+
Down came the rain and washed the        Five, six; pick up sticks.
spider out.                              Seven, eight; don’t be late                                                     Thank You Omu
                                         Nine, ten; do it over again!                                                    by Oge Mora
(Bring fingers down and back)

Out came the sun and dried up all                                                                                        CRASH! BOOM! A
the rain
                                         HERE IS THE BEEHIVE                                                             Math Tale
(Move arms up over head)                                                                                                 by Robie H. Harris
                                         Here is the beehive. (Make a fist)
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up     Where are the bees?
the spout again.                         Hiding inside where nobody sees.
(Move fingers up toward sky)             Watch them come creeping out of the hive,
REPEAT WITH “GREAT BIG SPIDER” USING A
                                         One, two, three, four, five (Release one finger at a time from the fist/hive)
GRUFF, DEEP VOICE.                       BUZZ-ZZZ (Wiggle fingers)
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MARCH 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
           S U ND A Y                      MO NDAY                         TUESDAY                      WEDNESDAY                         THURSDAY                               FRIDAY                          SAT U RD AY

1    WRITING                       2    PLAYING                    3    TALKING                   4    SINGING                    5    COUNTING                       6    READING                      7     WRITING
Make large letters on the          Place a pillow on the floor.    Talk about words that begin Play music with a fast beat,       Count the number of steps           Point out a picture in a book     Create a writing box
floor with masking tape.           Sit on it and pretend you       with “m,” like March.       a medium beat, and a slow          as you go up or down.               and expand on it.                 by assembling writing
Trace each letter by walking       are on a boat in the ocean.                                  beat. Move in time to the                                             That’s a tree. Trees have         materials (paper, crayons,
on it or pushing a toy car or      What do you see?                                             different beats.                                                      branches and leaves. Birds        etc.). Keep it in a place your
train around the letter.                                                                                                                                              sometimes build nests in them.    child can easily reach.

8    PLAYING                       9    TALKING                    10   SINGING                   11   COUNTING                   12   READING                       13    WRITING                      14    PLAYING
Play “I Spy” with rhyming          Talk about what you are         Sing “Five Little              Count blocks as your child      Look at wordless picture            Make shapes in a tray of          Line up chairs and pretend
words.                             making for dinner. Name the     Froggies”                      stacks them.                    books together. Ask your            rice. Triangle, square, circle.   your child is driving a city
I spy with my little eye           different foods you will use.   (Words are                                                     child to help tell the story.       Practice tracing your child’s     bus. Alternatively sit on the
something that rhymes with fly.                                    on the                                                                                             name.                             floor in a row behind your
What is it? Yes, the sky!                                          back. )                                                                                                                              child.

15   TALKING                       16   SINGING                    17   COUNTING                  18   READING                    19   WRITING                       20    PLAYING                      21    TALKING
Choose a word of the day. Sing “Old MacDonald Had a                Use masking tape to            Help your child notice words    Invite your child to write         Pretend to be dinosaurs.           Expand on comments your
Use the word several times Farm” after you read a book             measure yourself and your      as you go through your          an email message or a              Stomp around and roar.             child makes.
during the course of the    about farm animals. (Words             child on a wall. Compare the   everyday routine. Point out     text message to a friend or         Pretend to eat                    You are right, that is an airplane.
day.                        are on the back. )                     sizes. Who is taller? Who is   street signs, words on food     relative. Ask him or her to tell    leaves from                       Where do you think it is going?
                                                                   shorter?                       cartons, signs on shops, etc.   you what to say as you type.        trees.

22   SINGING                       23   COUNTING                   24   READING                   25   WRITING                    26   PLAYING                       27    TALKING                      28    SINGING
Sing about something you           Count how many blue cars        As you read, point             Help your child experiment      Play a guessing game like...        Point out the shapes of           Clap along to the beat of a
are doing.                         you see today.                  out and name                   with writing using pencils,     We are going to a place that        different objects. Talk about     song you both enjoy.
This is how to put on socks, put                                   something on the               crayons, markers, and chalk     begins with P, where do you         how they are alike and
on socks, put on socks. Now,                                       page. Then                     on different types of paper     think we are going? Yes, the        different.
we’re done!                                                        expand on it.                  and cardboard.                  Park!

29   COUNTING                      30   READING                    31   WRITING
Create a to-do list for the        Show your child a selection     Make cookies in letter
day. Have your child check         of books. Ask which they        shapes.
off each activity as it is         would prefer to read first.
completed.

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Playing to learn new words.
Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Play
                                                                                                    Books to Read
helps children feel a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. This motivates
them to try new experiences and not to give up when something seems difficult.
Also, it’s fun!
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FIVE LITTLE FROGGIES                               OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM
Five little froggies sat on a shore.               Old MacDonald had a farm                         Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
(Crouch like a frog)                               E-I-E-I-O                                        the librarian for a recommendation.
One went for a swim, then there were four.         And on that farm he had a [animal name]
(Pretend to leap and swim off)
                                                   E-I-E-I-O
Four little froggies
(Crouch like a frog)
                                                   With a [animal noise twice] here and a           FOR READERS AGES 0-3
                                                   [animal noise twice] there
Looked out to sea.                                                                                  From Head to Toe Board Book
(Put your hand at brow and look out to sea)        Here a [animal noise], there a [animal noise],   by Eric Carle
                                                   everywhere a [animal noise twice]
One went swimming, and then there were three.
(Pretend to leap and swim off)                     Old MacDonald had a farm                         Counting Kisses
                                                   E-I-E-I-O                                        by Karyn Katz
Three little froggies said, “What can we do?”
One jumped in the water, then there were two.
(Pretend to leap and swim off)                                                                      FOR READERS AGES 3+
Two little froggies sat in the sun.
(Crouch like a frog)                                                                                How Do You
One swam off, and then there was one.                                                               Wokka-Wokka?
(Pretend to leap and swim off)                                                                      By Elizabeth Bluemle
One little froggie said “This is no fun!”
                                                                                                    Toad on the Road:
He dived in the water, and then there were none!
                                                                                                    A Cautionary Tale
                                                                                                    by Steven Shaskan
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APRIL 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
          SUNDAY                         MONDA Y                            TUESDAY                        WED NESDAY                      THURSDAY                          FRIDA Y                      SATUR DAY

                                                                                                     1    WRITING                   2    PLAYING                    3    TALKING                  4    SINGING
                                                                                                     Write letters in the steam     Play a questioning game.       Say silly rhymes to make       Sing a song in a high voice;
                                                                                                     that forms on windows,         Ask your child where are       your child laugh.              sing it in a low voice. Sing it
                                                                                                     the dust on your car, or the   your toes, where is your                                      slow; sing it fast.
                                                                                                     sand at the park.              nose, etc.

5    COUNTING                   6    READING                        7    WRITING                     8    PLAYING                   9    TALKING                   10   SINGING                   11   COUNTING
Find two items that are         Come to the library                 Write letters in shaving         Have an inside picnic with a   Say a favorite rhyme,          Has it been raining a lot?     Cut a piece of toast in half.
similar but different sizes.    and check out                       cream in the                     teddy bear                     leave off the last word, and   Sing, “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”   Say, “Now we have two
Talk about big and little.      books about                         bathtub or                       and other                      have your child finish the       (Words are on the back. )    pieces the same size.”
                                spring.                             shower.                          toys.                          sentence.

12   READING                    13   WRITING                        14   PLAYING                     15   TALKING                   16   SINGING                   17   COUNTING                  18   READING
Teach letter sounds by          Cut a letter of the alphabet out    Play the letter day game.        Use new describing words       Sing “Row, Row,                Count to 5 as you spin in a    Get caught reading a book.
playing “I Spy.”                of cardboard and place it under     Find things all day that start   today. Say “enormous”          Row Your                       circle five times. Count 5     Show your child reading is
I spy with my little eye        a piece of paper. Have your child   with the first letter of your    instead of “big.”              Boat”                          hops. Count 5 small steps      important to you too.
something that begins with B.   color over the letter andwatch      children’s first name.           “Wonderful” instead            during                         and 5 big steps.
Yes, a banana!                  the letter beneath appear.                                           of “great.“                    bath time.

19   WRITING                    20   PLAYING                        21   TALKING                     22   SINGING                   23   COUNTING                  24   READING                   25   WRITING
Make a dot painting with        Pretend to talk on the phone        This is National Library         Make music with everyday       Count the pages in your         Go to the library and check   Keep paper and writing
cotton swabs to help            while holding a block to            Week. Talk about fun things      items like pots, pans, and     child’s favorite                out books for you and for     materials where your child
develop fine motor skills.      your ear.                           to do at the library.            spoons.                        board                           your child.                   will have easy access to
                                                                                                                                    book.                                                         them.

26   PLAYING                    27   TALKING                        28   SINGING                     29   COUNTING                  30   READING
Make a tent with sheets         Say a favorite rhyme but            Sing “I Hear Thunder.”           Sort blocks by color. Count    Go to the library and check
and furniture. Pretend you      leave off the last word.            (Words are on the back. )        how many there are of each     out a picture book about
are camping. What do you        Have your child finish the                                           color.                         spring.
hear? What do you see?          sentence.

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Talking is one of the best ways for children to
learn new words.                                                                            Books to Read
Speak to your child often during the day and try to use many different words to
express your ideas. Children love to imitate, and they will try to imitate your speech.
Chances to chat include while you are getting dressed in the morning, eating
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breakfast, riding in the car, walking from the car to a store, playing together, doing
chores, taking a bath, going to bed, and while saying goodnight. Ask lots of open-
ended questions, those that require more than a yes or no answer.
                                                                                            Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
                                                                                            the librarian for a recommendation.

                                                      RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY                   FOR READERS AGES 0-3
                                                      Rain, Rain,
                                                                                            ¡Lluvia!/ Rain!
                                                      Go away;                              by Linda Ashman
                                                                                            (Text is in English and Spanish)
                                                      Come again,
                                                      Another day;                          The Pout-Pout Fish
                                                      Little (child’s name) wants to play   by Deborah Diesen

                                                                                            FOR
I HEAR THUNDER                                                                              READERS
Sing to the tune “Frère Jacques”                                                            AGES 3+
I hear thunder, I hear thunder.
(Pound hands gently on floor or lap)                                                        Hooray for Birds!
                                                                                            by Lucy Cousins
Listen, don’t you? Listen, don’t you?
(Cup hand to ear)
                                                                                            Press Here
Pitter, patter raindrops; pitter, patter raindrops;                                         by Hervé Tullet
(Wiggle fingers in falling motion in front of face)

I’m wet through,
(Shake body)

So are you!
(Tickle your child)
MAY 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
          S U ND A Y                     MO NDAY                        TUESDAY                       WED N ESD AY                      TH URSDAY                           FRIDAY                     SAT U RD AY

                                                                                                                                                                1     WRITING                   2    PLAYING
                                                                                                                                                                Letters are everywhere.        Go on an outside scavenger
                                                                                                                                                                Draw your child’s name and     hunt. Bring a list and check
                                                                                                                                                                talk about each one, naming    off the things you see.
                                                                                                                                                                other words that also begin
                                                                                                                                                                with the letters.
         W W W . P L A . O RG

3    TALKING                     4    SINGING                   5    COUNTING                   6    READING                    7    WRITING                    8     PLAYING                   9    TALKING
Say as many words as you         Use a homemade shaker          Go for a walk. Take two         Read a book about               Make a Mother’s Day card        Play “Riddle Me.”              Talk about feelings you
can that rhyme with “May.”       and shake it to the beat of    big steps. Take three large     mothers. The                    and have your child             I’m big, yellow,               felt today. What made you
                                 songs.                         steps. Count how many           library can help                sign his or                     and hot. Yes!                  laugh?
                                                                steps from your door to the     you find one.                   her name.                       I am the sun!
                                                                sidewalk.

10 SINGING                       11   COUNTING                  12   READING                    13   WRITING                    14   PLAYING                   15   TALKING                    16    SINGING
Sing “The Farmer Plants the      Recite the Nursery Rhyme       Draw out a story on 4-5         Playing with play dough         Play a rhyming game, where      Look for signs of spring. Go    Sing a favorite
Seeds.” (Words are on the        “Five Little Ducks.”           small pieces of paper. Help     strengthens muscles needed      you choose a word and           for a walk and talk about       song. Sing
back. )                          (Words                         your child put the papers       for writing. Roll dough into    then come up with as many       what you see. Point out new     it fast,
                                 are on the                     in proper sequence to tell      balls, press fingers into the   rhyming words as you can.       grass, birds, first flowers,    sing it slow.
                                 back. )                        the story.                      dough, and make shapes.         Dog, frog, hog, log.            leaf buds.

17   COUNTING                    18   READING                   19   WRITING                    20   PLAYING                    21   TALKING                   22   SINGING                    23   COUNTING
Ask questions about what         Look into your library’s       Draw a large alphabet. Have     Go on an outside scavenger      Today is Thursday. Talk         Play children’s songs. Sing    Draw squares, circles, and
is heavier. Does an orange       summer reading program.        your child practice tracing     hunt. Look for shapes. How      about the days of the week.     and dance together.            triangles on the sidewalk
or a grape weigh more? Is                                       or coloring the letters while   many different shapes can       What does your family do                                       with chalk. Count how many
Mom’s jacket or your jacket                                     you say the letters out loud.   you find?                       on each day?                                                   there are of each shape.
heavier?

24   READING                     25   WRITING                   26   PLAYING                    27   TALKING                    28   SINGING                   29   COUNTING                   30    READING
Read books about Spring.         Help your child begin to       Have a music parade with        When you are reading a          Sing the Alphabet song. Take Count the number of eggs          Take pictures your child has
                                 recognize words for a few      different instruments.          new book stop before you        turns singing parts of it.    in a carton. Explain that 12     drawn, staple or bind them
31   WRITING                     common objects by putting      Pretend to play the tuba, the   get to the end and ask your     You: ABCDEFG Child: HIJKLMNOP  items together is also called    together, and ask your child
                                 labels on them (shoe, chair,   drums, etc.                     child what he or she thinks     You: QRS Child: TUV You: WX    a dozen.                         to tell you a story about the
Practice drawing shapes
                                 door, etc.)                                                    will happen next.               Child: Y and Z + ending.                                        pictures.
and letters in a tray of rice.
Good readers have a large vocabulary.
Knowing lots of words helps children better understand what they
                                                                                                        Books to Read
read. You can help your children learn lots of words by:

• Having plenty of conversations. Take turns talking. It is important
  for you to ask questions and listen to what your children say in
                                                                                                         this Month
  response.
• Read together! A lot!
• Make connections. Connect what you are reading in books to their
                                                                                                        Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
  lives. “Yes, Grandma has a black cat, too.”                                                           the librarian for a recommendation.
• Repetition. Children often love to read the same book over and over.
  This is a good thing as repeated readings help build vocabulary.

                                                                                                        FOR READERS AGES 0-3
FIVE LITTLE DUCKS                                                       THE FARMER                      Who? A Celebration of Babies
                                                                        PLANTS THE SEEDS                by Robie Harris
Five little ducks       Three little ducks    One little duck           Sing to the tune
Went out one day        Went out one day      Went out one day          “The Farmer in the Dell”
Over the hills and      Over the hills and    Over the hills and                                        Lola Plants a Garden
                                                                        The Farmer plants the seeds,    by Anna McQuinn
far away                far away              far away
Mother duck said        Mother duck said      Mother duck said          The Farmer plants the seeds,
                                                                        (Pretend to plant seeds)
“Quack, quack,          “Quack, quack,        “Quack, quack,
quack, quack”           quack, quack.”        quack, quack.”            Hi, ho, the dairy-o,            FOR READERS AGES 3+
But only four little    But only two little   But none of the five      The farmer plants the seeds.    Planting a Rainbow
ducks came back.        ducks came back.      little ducks came
                                                                        The sun comes out to shine…     by Lois Ehlert
                                              back.                     (Make large circle with arms)
Four little ducks       Two little ducks
                                                                        The rain begins to fall…        Alma and How She Got
Went out one day        Went out one day      Sad mother duck
Over the hills and      Over the hills and    Went out one day
                                                                        (Hands flutter up and down)     Her Name
                                                                        The seeds begin to grow…        by Juana Martinez-Neal
far away                far away              Over the hills and
                                                                        (Stand up tall)
Mother duck said        Mother duck said      far away
“Quack, quack,          “Quack, quack,        The sad mother            The farmer picks the crops…
quack, quack.”          quack, quack.”        duck said                 (Pretend to pick crops)

But only three little   But only one little   “Quack, quack,            We all sit down to eat…
ducks came back.        duck came back.       quack, quack.”            (Pretend to eat)
                                              And all of the five
                                              little ducks came
                                              back.
JUNE 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
           S U ND A Y                        MO NDAY                        TUESDAY                      WED N ESD AY                       TH URSDAY                       FRIDAY                       SAT U RD AY

                                    1    WRITING                    2    PLAYING                   3    TALKING                      4   SINGING                   5    COUNTING                  6   READING
                                    Draw outside with sidewalk      Make bubbles outside. Talk     Pick out a family snapshot        Sing “Head, Shoulders,        Measure your child’s height    Make a paper bag puppet.
                                    chalk. Draw letters             about the bubbles. What        or a random picture. Ask          Knees, and Toes.” (Words      and write it here              Have the puppet read a
                                    and shapes.                     shape are they? Which way      your child to tell you about      are on the back. )            Compare to January’s           book.
                                                                    will they go? Can you catch    the picture.                                                    measurement.
                                                                    one?

7    WRITING                        8    PLAYING                    9    TALKING                   10   SINGING                     11   COUNTING                  12   READING                  13   WRITING
Draw the outline of your            Play the letter day game.       Talk about summer. What        Sing a favorite song. Then        Weigh your child and          Read a book about              In the morning write today’s
child’s hand. Write the date        Look for words that begin       are your favorite things to    sing it again but make up         write it here                 flowers and                    to-do list. Check things off
and have your child “sign”          with “S” like summer.           do in the summer? How          new words.                        How does it compare to        plants.                        as you do them.
the drawing.                                                        are summer and winter                                            January?
                                                                    different?

14   PLAYING                        15   TALKING                    16   SINGING                   17   COUNTING                    18   READING                   19   WRITING                  20   PLAYING
Play Leap Frog with stuffed         Talk about colors. What         Sing BINGO.                    Go for a walk. Pick              Go to the library and pick     Make a word jar. Each day     Sit on cushions on the floor
animals. Explain why the            is your favorite color and      (Words                         something and count how          out a book about summer.       write a new word on a slip    and pretend to be in a boat.
game is called Leap Frog.           why? Find your favorite         are on                         many you see. (Cars, trees,                                     of paper and add it to the     Sing “Row, Row, Your Boat.”
                                    color as many times as you      the back. )                    flowers, clouds, birds,                                         jar. (Use any container—         (Words are on the back. )
                                    can today.                                                     squirrels, etc.).                                               doesn’t have to be a jar).

21   TALKING                        22   SINGING                    23   COUNTING                  24   READING                     25   WRITING                   26   PLAYING                  27   TALKING
Ask W questions after               Make up a song using       Count the number of kisses          Look at a magazine                Help your child draw a        Play “Simon Says” outside.     Talk about food. What do
reading a book. (Who, What,         words that rhyme with dog. you give your child today.          together. Explain some of         simple story with a picture                                  you like to eat?
Where, When, Why).                                                                                 the pictures or illustrations.    for beginning, middle, and
Who is your favorite animal on                                                                                                       end.
this page? What will happen next?

28   SINGING                        29   COUNTING                   30   READING
Recite a classic nursery            Sort items from your            While reading with your
rhyme like The Cow Jumped           grocery bag. These things       child run your finger under
Over the Moon. (Words are           go in the pantry. These go in   each word. This will help
on the back. )                      the refrigerator? How many      them understand left to
                                    go in the freezer?              right/top to bottom reading.
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One way children learn vocabulary is from
listening to stories.                                                                    Books to Read
They listen to understand what is being said, which helps them learn new words.
Stories aren’t just found in books. You can tell stories about your day, your memories
from growing up, or something about your child’s life. You can also use wordless
                                                                                          this Month
picture books and make up a story together. With wordless books, you can develop
imagination along with language and vocabulary skills. Make it fun! Having fun with
words helps your child become more aware of words and eager to learn more.
                                                                                         Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
                                                                                         the librarian for a recommendation.
B-I-N-G-O                                HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
There was a farmer who had a             Hey Diddle Diddle
dog and Bingo was his name-oh.           The Cat and the Fiddle                          FOR READERS AGES 0-3
B-I-N-G-O,                               The Cow Jumped Over the Moon
B-I-N-G-O
                                                                                         Higher, Higher
                                         The Little Dog Laughed                          by Leslie Patricelli
B-I-N-G-O                                To See Such Sport
and Bingo was his name-oh.                                                               At the Beach/Vamos a la Playa
                                         And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
                                                                                         by Mandy Stanley
                                                                                         (Text is in English and Spanish)
There was a farmer who had a
dog and Bingo was his name-oh.
(clap)-I-N-G-O,                          ROW YOUR BOAT                                   FOR READERS AGES 3+
(clap)-I-N-G-O                           Row, Row, Row, Your Boat                        Frida Kahlo and Her
(clap)-I-N-G-O                           Gently Down the Stream                          Animalitos
and Bingo was his name-oh.               Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily              by Monica Brown
                                         Life is But a Dream
There was a farmer who had a                                                             Dreamers
dog and Bingo was his name-oh.                                                           by Yuyi Morales
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap) N-G-O
(clap)-(clap) N-G-0
and Bingo was his name-oh.

CONTINUE UNTIL ALL THE LETTERS IN
BINGO’ S NAME ARE REPLACED WITH CLAPS.
JULY 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
           S U ND A Y                       MO NDAY                         TUESDAY                       WED N ESD AY                    TH URSDAY                        FRIDAY                       SAT U RD AY

                                                                                                   1    WRITING                   2    PLAYING                    3    TALKING                  4    SINGING
                                                                                                   Plan a picnic. Write a list    Go on a picnic. Play fun        Talk about today’s weather.   Sing a song with movement,
                                                                                                   of things you will need to     outdoor games.                  What should you wear?         like “The Wheels on the
                                                                                                   bring.                                                                                       Bus.” (Words are on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                back. )
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5     COUNTING                    6    READING                     7    WRITING                    8    PLAYING                   9    TALKING                    10   SINGING                  11   COUNTING
Have your child help cook         Look at the cover of a book      Write a message and tuck        Play “Follow the Leader.” Do   Use a fruit or vegetable your   Play music with a fast        Compare amounts.
with a recipe.                    before reading it. Point out     it in your child’s shoe. Read   three things (reach up high,   child hasn’t seen before.       tempo as                      You have more pieces of apple
We will need six eggs. One cup    the book’s title.                it together when your child     touch your toes, take a big    Talk about how it looks,        you pick up                   than I do.
of flour, etc.                    The name of this book is…        finds it.                       step) and ask your child to    feels, smells, tastes.          and put
                                                                                                   do the same things.                                            away toys.

12   READING                      13   WRITING                     14   PLAYING                    15   TALKING                   16   SINGING                    17   COUNTING                 18   READING
Vary your voice as you read.      Write a message outside          Play the letter day game.       Take a walk outside. Talk      Play “Freeze.” Play music       Use a piece of string to      After reading a
Use different expressions to      with chalk.                      Look for things that begin      about all you see. Point out   and when you turn it off        measure things. What is       book talk
help your child learn about                                        with the first letter of your   and name things.               everyone has to stop in         longer? What is shorter?      about your
feelings.                                                          child’s name.                                                  place until the music starts                                  favorite part.
                                                                                                                                  again.

19    WRITING                     20   PLAYING                     21   TALKING                    22   SINGING                   23   COUNTING                   24   READING                  25   WRITING
Help your child draw              Play “I Spy” outside.            At bedtime talk about where     Make a shaker by putting       Count how many birds you        Print is everywhere. Point    Ask your child to dictate a
a picture of a summer             I spy something that has three   animals sleep at night.         dried pasta or beans in an     see today.                      out words wherever you go     letter to a special person.
activity. Have your child         wheels and is pink. Yes! Your                                    empty container. Shake it                                      today.                        Show how to address an
‘sign’ the picture.               bike.                                                            while you march and sing.                                                                    envelope and add a stamp.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Then mail the letter together.

26   PLAYING                      27   TALKING                     28   SINGING                    29   COUNTING                  30   READING                    31   WRITING
Play ‘Riddle Me.’                 Talk about thingsyou do in       Play ‘Echo Me.” Clap, stomp,    Create a grocery list with     Ask your child to pick out      Help your child experiment
I’m smaller than your hand, I’m   the morning, things you do       or beat a drum, and have        your child. Look at what you   their favorite book to read     with writing using crayons,
purple, and I’m in the kitchen.   in the afternoon, and things     your child repeat the noise.    have and what you need to      today. Ask them why it is       pencils, markers, and chalk
What am I? Yes! A grape.          you do in the night.                                             purchase.                      their favorite.                 on a variety of papers or
                                                                                                                                                                  cardboard.
You are your child’s first teacher, and your home
is where your child begins to learn.                                                            Books to Read
Make your home a great place to learn. It doesn’t take money to create special
places where you and your child can talk, sing, read, write, play, and count. Here are
a few ideas.
                                                                                                 this Month
PLACES TO READ
Create a special space for your children to look at books. Have a comfortable chair or
pillows and a small shelf or basket for favorite books. Make sure there’s room for you and
your child to sit together and that your child can reach books without needing help.            Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
                                                                                                the librarian for a recommendation.
PLACES TO WRITE
Make it easy for your child to write throughout the day. Set up a space where your child
can go on his or her own and use writing materials. Provide pencils, crayons, or markers of
different sizes so your child can write with what is most comfortable. Use unlined paper.
                                                                                                FOR READERS AGES 0-3
PLACES TO PLAY
                                                                                                Barnyard Dance!
Play requires a little space, simple props, and some imagination and encouragement. You         by Sandra Boynton
don’t need special toys or expensive electronics. Provide props like large boxes, old clothes
or costumes for dress up, empty food containers, and empty paper towel rolls. Play comes
                                                                                                The Very Busy Spider
                                                                                                by Eric Carle
naturally to young children and is one of the primary ways they learn. Provide plenty of
opportunities for your child to play.

                                                                                                FOR READERS AGES 3+
                                                                                                Island Born
WHEELS ON THE BUS                                                                               by Junot Díaz
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round.                                                               Walter’s Wonderful
The wheels on the bus go round and round,                                                       Web: A First Book
All around the town.                                                                            About Shapes
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish...                                                 by Tim Hopgood
The driver on the bus says “move on back”...
The people on the bus go up and down...
The babies on the bus go “wah, wah, wah”...
The parents on the bus go “shh, shh, shh”...

ADAPTATION: THE HORSE ON THE FARM GOES “ NEIGH, NEIGH,
NEIGH”; COW, LAMB, PIG, ETC.
AUGUST 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
         S U ND A Y                       MO NDAY                          TUESDAY                      WED N ESD AY                     TH URSDAY                          FRIDAY                           SAT U RD AY

                                                                                                                                                                                                     1    WRITING
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sit outside and write a list
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of seven things
                                                                                                                                                                                                     you see.

        W W W . P L A . O RG

2    PLAYING                     3    TALKING                     4    SINGING                    5    COUNTING                  6    READING                    7     WRITING                       8    PLAYING
Paint on the sidewalk with       Make this “same and              Make music with things          Sort toys by size. Count       Read a nonfiction book          Label the things in your            Play with blocks. What can
water. Watch                     different” day.                  you have in the house, like     the number of toys in each     about birds. Talk about         child’s room. Bed, dresser,         you make? Form the blocks
it evaporate.                    How are our socks the same and   pots, pans, spoons, boxes,      group.                         what you’ve learned. Say        table, book, closet. Point to       into letter shapes.
                                 different? They go on our feet   and cups.                                                      the rhyme “If I Were a Bird.”   the words and discuss as
                                 and they are different colors.                                                                  (Words are on the back. )       you put things away.

9    TALKING                     10   SINGING                     11   COUNTING                   12   READING                   13   WRITING                    14   PLAYING                        15   TALKING
Take an alphabet walk            Sing a bedtime story.            Put five stuffed animals in     Have a family story            Draw a picture for a            Play “What Fits?”                   It’s Library Card Month. Talk
outside. Talk about things       Encourage your child to          order from smallest             time. Each person              grandparent or other very       Will your hat fit under your bed?   about what you can do at
that begin with different        sing with you.                   to largest.                     picks a book to                important person.               Will the refrigerator fit in your   the library.
letter sounds.                                                                                    read aloud.                                                    pocket?

16   SINGING                     17   COUNTING                    18   READING                    19   WRITING                   20   PLAYING                    21   TALKING                        22   SINGING
Pick a new kind of music         Set the table for a meal.        Go to the library for a new     Write the names of each        Play the yes-no game            Before going to bed talk            Sing a ‘good morning’
you haven’t listened to          How many plates will you         book you haven’t read           family member with chalk       about time. Is it time for      about things you did this           song to
before. Listen together.         need? How many utensils?         before. The librarian can       on the sidewalk. Stand on      breakfast? Is it time to        morning, this afternoon, and        greet your
                                 Napkins?                         help you find one.              your name.                     read? Is it time for kisses?    tonight.                            child in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     morning.

23   COUNTING                    24   READING                     25   WRITING                    26   PLAYING                   27   TALKING                    28   SINGING                        29   COUNTING
Count the trees you see today.   Point out signs everywhere.      Use chalk to draw shapes        Pretend you are in a boat      Offer choices today. Do you     Sing “Head, Shoulders,              Trace around your hand and
                                                                  on the sidewalk. Draw a         on the water. Ask your child   want this book or that one?     Knees, and Toes.” (Words            around your child’s hand.
30 READING                       31   WRITING                     triangle, a square, a circle,   what kind of fish they see.    Do you want water or milk?      are on the back. )                  Talk about the difference
                                                                  and a rectangle. Talk about                                    Would you like a banana or                                          in size.
Go to the library and check      Use play dough to shape
                                                                  how they are different.                                        strawberries?
out a new book.                  your child’s first name.
Children’s reading success in kindergarten and
beyond begins with positive language and                                                         Books to Read
literacy experiences from the time they are
infants.                                                                                          this Month
• Young children have shorter attention spans. You can do activities for short bits of
  time throughout the day or whenever you have the chance.

• You can help your children learn in ways and at times that are best for them.
                                                                                                 Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
• Parents are tremendous role models—if your children see that you think reading is              the librarian for a recommendation.
  important and enjoy it, they will follow your lead.

• Children learn best by doing—and they love doing things with YOU!
                                                                                                 FOR READERS AGES 0-3
                                                                                                 Birds
                                                                                                 by Jill McDonald
HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES                          IF I WERE A BIRD
Touch each body part as you sing
                                                         If I were a bird, I’d sing a song       Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
                                                         And fly about the whole day long.       Do You See?
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes                                                  by Eric Carle
                                                         And when the night comes, go to rest,
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
                                                         Up in my cozy little nest.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes                                                  FOR
                                                                                                 READERS
Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet
                                                                                                 AGES 3+
Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet
                                                                                                 Birds
And thighs and rears and lips and teeth,
                                                                                                 by Kevin Henkes
Neck, elbows, lips and teeth, lips and teeth.
                                                                                                 Saturday
                                                                                                 by Oge Mora
SEPTEMBER 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
         S U ND A Y                         MO NDAY                         TUESDAY                      WED N ESD AY                    TH URSDAY                        FRIDAY                       SAT U RD AY

                                                                    1    WRITING                   2    PLAYING                  3    TALKING                   4    SINGING                    5    COUNTING
                                                                    Have fun scribbling today!     Blow bubbles—this             As you tell a story, use new   Clap your hands                 Lace Cheerios onto a piece
                                                                    Use different kinds of paper   strengthens muscles           words and explain what         to the beat                     of yarn and then count
                                                                    and different pens, markers,   needed for speech.            they mean.                     of a favorite                   them.
                                                                    crayons, etc.                                                                               song.

6    READING                       7    WRITING                     8    PLAYING                   9    TALKING                  10   SINGING                   11   COUNTING                   12   READING
Read a book or find information    Write your to-do list            Play alphabet search today.    Talk about something your     How many ways can you          Count how many red cars         Have a friends book
about insects that are active      together. Have your child        Take turns picking a letter    child hasn’t experienced      move to the music? Play        you see today. Tally up at      club. Each friend
in late summer, like crickets or   check off each as it is          and searching                  and explain what happens.     a favorite song and clap,      the end of the day.             brings a book
cicadas. Talk about how you        completed.                       for it.                                                      march, spin, and tap.                                          for a story time.
can hear them at night.

13   WRITING                       14   PLAYING                     15   TALKING                   16   SINGING                  17   COUNTING                  18   READING                    19   WRITING
Pop bubble wrap or play            Tape a sheet of contact          Make silly sounds today.       Sing “Now it’s bath time,     Take a walk and count how      Visit the library and help      Use cooked pieces of
with squirt toys to develop        paper to the wall, sticky side   Encourage your child to        now it’s bath time, yes, it   many birds or                  your child select books to      spaghetti to make
muscles needed for writing.        out. See which toys stick        imitate you.                   is” to the tune of “Frère     squirrels                      check out.                      shapes and
                                   and which toys do not.                                          Jacques.”                     you see.                                                       letters.

20   PLAYING                       21   TALKING                     22   SINGING                   23   COUNTING                 24   READING                   25   WRITING                    26   PLAYING
Go on a scavenger hunt             Use simple props to tell a       Recite a nursery rhyme like    Use blocks to measure how     Pick a child’s favorite        Work together to make a         Sing “Scarecrow,
today. Look for things that        story. Use silly voices for      “Humpty Dumpty.” (Words        long something is. How        book. When you come to         list of your child’s favorite   Scarecrow” to practice
start with the ‘p’ sound, like     different characters.            are on the back. )             many blocks long is your      a favorite part encourage      words.                          following directions. (Words
a plate, a pan, and a pen.                                                                         arm, your foot, etc.?         your child to “read” along                                     are on the back. )
                                                                                                                                 with you.

27   TALKING                       28   SINGING                     29   COUNTING                  30   READING
Use family photos to tell          Recite a nursery rhyme           Time yourself. How long        Go to the library and check
different stories. Encourage       like “Hickory Dickory Dock.”     does it take to walk one       out a book on a topic your
your child to tell a story.        (Words are on the back. )        block? Show your child the     child is interested in. The
                                                                    time at the beginning and at   librarian can help you find
                                                                    the end.                       one.
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Playing to Learn New Words
Play and have fun with words:
                                                                                           Books to Read
• Read a book with lots of made-up words like “How Do You Wokka-Wokka?“
  by Elizabeth Bluemle. Many books by Dr. Suess also are excellent for this                 this Month
  purpose. Try making up more words to go with the story.

• Silly poems are fun and can teach new
  vocabulary.
                                                                                           Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
• Kids love riddles and jokes, which often use                                             the librarian for a recommendation.
  a “play on words.” Laugh along as you talk
  about the answer to the riddle or joke.

• Having fun with words helps your child                                                   FOR READERS AGES 0-3
  become more conscious of words and happy
                                                                                           Together
  to keep learning.                                                                        by Emma Dodd

                                                                                           Baby Goes to Market
                                                                                           by Atinuke
HUMPTY DUMPTY                                    SCARECROW, SCARECROW
                                                 Sing to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle,
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.                     Little Star”                              FOR
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.                  Scarecrow, scarecrow, turn around,        READERS
All the king’s horses and all the King’s men     Scarecrow, scarecrow, touch the ground.   AGES 3+
Could not put Humpty together again.             Stand up tall and blink your eyes.
                                                                                           Pinky Got Out
                                                 Raise your hands up to the sky.           by Michael Portis
HICKORY DICKORY DOCK                             Scarecrow, scarecrow, touch your toes.
                                                                                           Whose Nose Do
                                                 Scarecrow, scarecrow, tap your nose.
Hickory Dickory Dock,                                                                      You Suppose
The mouse ran up the clock.                      Swing your arms so very slow,             by Richard Turner
The clock struck one                             Now real fast to scare the crows.

And down he run.                                 Raise your head, jump up and down.

Hickory Dickory Dock                             Now sit down without a sound.

Tick Tock!
OCTOBER 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
          S U ND A Y                          MO NDAY                          TUESDAY                      WED N ESD AY                        TH URSDAY                           FRIDAY                        SAT U RD AY

                                                                                                                                        1    WRITING                     2    PLAYING                     3    TALKING
                                                                                                                                        Start a list of things to do     Cut out pictures of food         Talk about the weather
                                                                                                                                        this week. Talk about it and     from magazines. Let your         today and what you should
                                                                                                                                        decide who will do each.         child choose which to use        wear outside.
                                                                                                                                                                         and glue those onto a paper
                                                                                                                                                                         plate.
         W W W . P L A . O RG

4    SINGING                        5    COUNTING                      6   READING                   7    WRITING                       8    PLAYING                     9    TALKING                     10   SINGING
Sing “good morning to you”          Count out a healthy snack.         Go the library and take out   Writea grocery list together.      Take a walk outside. Collect     Expand on what your child        Take turns
to the tune of Happy Birthday.      One for you and one for me and     a new book. Talk about new    Go around checking what            colorful leaves. Try to find     says.                            singing
Good morning to you, good morning   one for Daddy. Two for you, two    words you come across         you need and add it to the         as many different types as       Yes, we saw a dog at the park.   bits of the
to you. Good morning to (child’s    for me, and two for Daddy.         while reading the new book.   list.                              possible.                        It was large and brown and       alphabet
name), good morning to you!                                                                                                                                              wagging its tail.                song.

11   COUNTING                       12   READING                      13   WRITING                   14   PLAYING                       15   TALKING                     16   SINGING                     17   COUNTING
Trace the hand of each              Try to spot letters on license    Write your child’s name in     Play “I Spy” with rhyming          Read a book together. Ask        Sing “Where is Thumbkin?”        Pick a point in your house
person in your family.              plates today. How many can        big letters. Talk about each   words.                             ‘what’ questions.                 (Words are on the back. )       or on your block. Count the
Whose hand is bigger?                you see?                          letter.                       I spy with my little eye           What is happening here? What                                      steps to get there.
Whose is smaller?                                                                                    something that rhymes with fall.   do you think will happen next?
                                                                                                     What is it? Yes! A ball!

18   READING                        19   WRITING                      20   PLAYING                   21   TALKING                       22   SINGING                     23   COUNTING                    24   READING
Read a book about bears or          Use crayons or markers to          Take turns pretending to be   Talk about foods that are          Sing “If You’re Happy and        Count the number of              Read a book
other animals that hibernate        write the names of colors.         animals.                      orange.                            You Know It” (Words are on       pumpkins you see                 about fall. The
over the winter. The library        Use the red crayon to write        What sound do you make? How                                      the back. )                      today.                           library can help
can help you find one.              the word red; the blue crayon      do you move?                                                                                      Keep a                           you find one.
                                    to write the word blue; etc.                                                                                                         tally.

25   WRITING                        26   PLAYING                      27   TALKING                   28   SINGING                       29   COUNTING                    30   READING                     31   WRITING
Write a list of words that          Play a rhyming riddle game.        Smell different things and    Dance to a fast song and           What three things would fit      Read a book about                Make a list of things you
rhyme with dog.                     What do you                        talk about them: spices,      then dance to a slow song.         inside your pumpkin? What        Halloween.                       liked most about this month.
                                    see that rhymes                    flowers, fruit, and cocoa.    Clap along to both songs.          three things won’t fit?
                                    with bee? Yes,                     Which scents do you like or
                                    a tree!                            dislike?
Parents are tremendous role models.
If your children see that you think reading is important and enjoy it, they will follow
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your lead. When you go to the library, check-out books for you and your children.
Put your books somewhere at home where your child can see them. Let your
children see you reading. Talk about what you’ve read, even if it is just to say, “That
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was a good book. I liked reading it.”

THUMBKIN Sing to the tune of “Frère Jacques”
(Start with hands behind back.)                                     Where is Ring Man? Where is Ring Man?                               Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?                               Here I am. (Bring right hand to front, with ring finger up)         the librarian for a recommendation.
Here I am. (Bring right hand to front, with thumb up)               Here I am. (Bring left hand to front, with ring finger up)
Here I am. (Bring left hand to front, with thumb up)                How are you today friend?
How are you today friend?                                           Very well I thank you. (Wiggle fingers as if they are talking to
Very well, I thank you. (Wiggle thumbs as if they are talking to    each other)                                                         FOR READERS AGES 0-3
each other).                                                        Run away. (Hide right hand behind back)
Run away. (Hide right hand behind back)                             Run away. (Hide left hand behind back)                              Besos for Baby
Run away. (Hide left hand behind back)
                                                                                                                                        by Jen Arena
                                                                    Where is Pinkie? Where is Pinkie?                                   (Text is in English and Spanish)
Where is Pointer? Where is Pointer?                                 Here I am. (Bring right hand to front, with little finger up)
Here I am. (Bring right hand to front, with index finger up)
Here I am. (Bring left hand to front, with index finger up)
                                                                    Here I am. (Bring left hand to front, with little finger up)
                                                                    How are you today friend?
                                                                                                                                        Can I Be Your Dog?
How are you today friend?                                           Very well, I thank you. (Wiggle fingers as if they are talking to   by Troy Cummings
Very well, I thank you. (Wiggle fingers as if they are talking to   each other)
each other)                                                         Run away. (Hide right hand behind back)
Run away. (Hide right hand behind back)                             Run away. (Hide left hand behind back)                              FOR READERS AGES 3+
Run away. (Hide left hand behind back)
                                                                    Where are all the fingers? Where are all the fingers?
                                                                                                                                        Good Night, Good
Where is tall man? Where is tall man?                               Here we are. (Bring right hand to front with all the fingers        Night, Construction
Here I am. (Bring right hand to front, with third finger up)
Here I am. (Bring left hand to font, with third finger up)
                                                                    showing)
                                                                    Here we are. (Bring left hand to front with all the fingers
                                                                                                                                        Site!
How are you today friend?                                           showing)                                                            by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Very well, I thank you. (Wiggle fingers as if they’re talking to    How are you today friends?
each other)                                                         Very well we thank you. (Wiggle fingers of both hands as if they    Thanking the
Run away. (Hide right hand behind back)                             are talking to each other)                                          Moon: Celebrating
                                                                    Run away. (Hide right hand behind back)
Run away. (Hide left hand behind back)
                                                                    Run away. (Hide left hand behind back)                              the Mid-Autumn
                                                                                                                                        Moon Festival
IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT                                                                                                         by Grace Lin
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap). If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap).
If you’re happy and you know and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap).

OTHER VERSES: STOMP YOUR FEET! SHOUT HOORAY! DO ALL THREE!
NOVEMBER 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
         S U ND A Y                         MO NDAY                         TUESDAY                      WEDNESDAY                       THURSDAY                           FRIDAY                       SAT U RD AY

1    WRITING                      2    PLAYING                       3    TALKING                  4    SINGING                   5    COUNTING                    6    READING                   7    WRITING
Create a list of things to do Go for a walk after dark.              At the end of the day talk    Have a family sing-along.      Draw numbers 1-10 in big         Read a book that won the       Write a message to
this month. Hang it up where Pretend you are an explorer.            about everything that         Each person gets to pick a     puffy letters. Help your child   Caldecott Medal. The library   someone
everyone can see. Have your Talk about what you see.                 happened. What did you like   favorite song.                 color in each one as you say     will help you find one based   important.
child check off items as they                                        best about today?                                            each one.                        on what your child likes.
are completed.

8    PLAYING                      9    TALKING                       10   SINGING                  11   COUNTING                  12   READING                     13   WRITING                   14   PLAYING
Play “I Spy” with rhyming         In the morning talk about          Recite “Rub a Dub Dub.”       Make cloud dough together.     Read a fiction and               Draw your child’s name in      Make a fort with sheets and
words.                            what you will do today.            (Words are                    (Follow the recipe             nonfiction book about fall.      big puffy letters. Help them   furniture. Pretend you are
I spy with my little eye          What are you especially            on the                        on the                         Your library has lots to         color in the letters as you    sleeping there overnight.
something that rhymes with hat.   excited to do?                     back. )                       back. )                        choose from!                     say each one.                  What will you bring? Read a
Yes, a cat!                                                                                                                                                                                       book together in the fort.

15   TALKING                      16   SINGING                       17   COUNTING                 18   READING                   19   WRITING                     20   PLAYING                   21   TALKING
Talk about fun things you         Sing a favorite rhyming song. Name four things that begin        Snuggle together and read      Scribble day! Have lots of       Do the alphabet hop! Write     Talk about opposites. Reach
like to do together as a          Stop at the end of a line and with the first letter of your      two favorite books and         papers, markers, crayons         letters on paper and place     high to the sky and low to
family.                           have your child fill in the   child’s first name.                one new book you haven’t       for your child to scribble       them on the floor. Hop from    the ground. Take a big step
                                  word. (See Twinkle, Twinkle                                      read yet.                      and draw.                        one to the next naming the     and a little step.
                                  Little Star on the back. )                                                                                                       letters.

22   SINGING                      23   COUNTING                      24   READING                  25   WRITING                   26   PLAYING                     27   TALKING                   28   SINGING
Sing a song your toddler          See how many cotton balls          Read a book about             Make a book with your child.   Go for a morning walk. Walk      Ask your child “What is        March to a drum. Use any
knows but stop and let your       you can fit into a variety of      Thanksgiving.                 Draw letters and pictures to   slow. Walk fast.                 your favorite toy?” Have       empty container as a drum,
children fill in the blanks.      different-sized containers.                                      tell a story. Tape the pages   (Toddler                         a conversation about the       then play the drum and
“Row, row, row, your       .”     How many can fit in this cup?                                    together.                      pace).                           answer.                        march to the tempo, going
                                  How many can fit in your pocket?                                                                Repeat.                                                         from slow to fast.

29   COUNTING                     30   READING
Make a number path. Recite        Read a book about Winter.
each number as your child         Talk about the seasons.
walks the path.

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Listening to nursery rhymes and songs is an
early literacy experience that helps children                                             Books to Read
understand how language and stories work.
Recite rhymes and sing songs with children from the time they are infants. This
helps them become aware of and then play with the sounds in the words. Many
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rhymes tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end. This shows children how
stories work and that events happen in a sequence. Good readers understand that
stories and books have a beginning, middle, and end. After reciting a rhyme or
                                                                                          Check out these books at the library. If they are not available, ask
singing a song ask your child about the song. What happened at the beginning?
                                                                                          the librarian for a recommendation.
What happened at the end?

                                                                                          FOR READERS AGES 0-3
RUB A DUB DUB                             CLOUD DOUGH RECIPE                              How Are You? / ¿Cómo estás?
                                                                                          by Angela Dominguez
Rub a Dub Dub                               • 4 cups of flour
                                                                                          (Text is in English and Spanish)
                                            • ½ cup of vegetable oil
Three Men in a Tub
                                                                                          Arctic Animals
                                            • Food coloring
And Who Do You Think They Be?             1. Add the food coloring to the oil. Use as     by Jill McDonald
The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick      much or as little food color as needed to
Maker                                        achieve the color you like.
And All of the them Out to Sea            2. Mix in the flour.
                                                                                          FOR READERS AGES 3+
                                          3. Use your hands to knead the dough so         Baby Monkey,
                                             the oil is distributed evenly.               Private Eye
                                          4. Use on a large tray or shallow bin to help   by Brian Selznick
                                             keep the dough in one play. Give your
                                             child cookie cutters, measuring cups, or     A Big Mooncake for
                                             other items to play with the dough.          Little Star
                                                                                          by Grace Lin
DECEMBER 2020
Daily literacy-building
activities to share with your child.
         SUNDAY                          MONDA Y                             TUESDAY                           WED NESDAY                         THURSDAY                            FRIDA                           SATUR DAY

                                                                1      WRITING                      2     PLAYING                     3     TALKING                      4    SINGING                      5    COUNTING
                                                                Make a winter card to send to Make an indoor fort with                Talk about family traditions Sing “Snowflakes, Snowflakes.”          Weigh your child and write
                                                                someone special. Who will     sheets and furniture. Cuddle            you’ll celebrate this month. (Words are on the back. ) Give          it here
                                                                you send it to?               together and read favorite                                           each family member a scarf              Compare it to the weight
                                                                                                                                      Look at photos from previous
                                                                                              books.                                                               and move the scarves to the             you wrote down in January.
                                                                                                                                      years and talk about them.
                                                                                                                                                                   beat of the song.

6    READING                    7   WRITING                     8      PLAYING                      9     TALKING                     10 SINGING                         11 COUNTING                       12    READING
Read books                      Write a message to                   Pretend to be an animal that        Talk about your feelings.         Sing, “The Frost Song.”           Measure your child’s              Read a fiction and
                                                                                                                                                                             height
about different                 someone important to you.            likes cold                          What made you happy               (Words are                        and write it here                 nonfiction book about
holidays and                                                         weather.                            today?                            on the                            Compare it to January             winter. Your library has
how people                                                           Who will                                                              back. )                           and June.                         many to choose from!
celebrate them.                                                      you be?

13   WRITING                   14 PLAYING                       15    TALKING                       16    SINGING                     17    COUNTING                     18   READING                      19    WRITING
Draw shapes: a circle, square, Play with a large empty box.          At mealtimes, talk about            Sing some favorite songs.         Make a high tower with            Be a reading role model.           Have each family member
triangle, and rectangle. Have What can you pretend to be             the food you are preparing,         Clap along to the singing.        blocks. How many blocks           Let your child see you             write one thing they liked
your child color them in. Talk  and do?                              what tools you are using,                                             did you use?                      reading a book,                   about this week. Have your
about shapes and point them                                          how you are making it, how                                                                              magazine, or                      child decorate the paper.
out today.                                                           it will taste.                                                                                          newspaper.

20   PLAYING                   21 TALKING                       22     SINGING                      23    COUNTING                    24    READING                      25 WRITING                        26    PLAYING
Use play dough or cloud         Talk about the seasons.              Sing “Cold and Snowy                Name three things that are        Draw the alphabet on strips       Pick one color and only use       Go for a short walk after
dough to make a snowman.        Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.        Morning.” (Words are on the         white like snow.                  of paper. Add the strips of       that to cover a whole             dark. What do you see?
                                                                     back. )                                                               paper to a container and          page with scribbles and           What does it feel like
                                                                                                                                           have your child draw one.         pictures.                         outside?
                                                                                                                                           Make that the letter of the
                                                                                                                                           day.

27 TALKING                     28 SINGING                       29    COUNTING                      30    READING                     31 WRITING

Talk about favorite things      Make up a song using your            It’s Measure Your Feet Day.         Snuggle together and read         With your child, write a
that happened in 2020.          child’s name. Incorporate            Line up your family’s shoes         a book of nursery rhymes.         list of things you plan
                                other family member names            or boots. Whose are the             The library can help you          to do in 2021.
                                or pets into the song.               biggest? The smallest?              find one.

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