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Safety & Self Help Skills:
  • Have your child practice memorizing/stating their home information in case of emergencies:  full name, parents' names, address, telephone number
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  • When going for walks, practice looking both ways before crossing the street and walking on the sidewalk
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  • Teach your child to tie, snap, button, and zip their own clothing.
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  • Model and encourage the practice of good hygiene:  washing hands, covering mouth/nose when coughing/sneezing, brushing teeth, combing hair, etc.
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  • Teach your child to get in the habit of always cleaning up after themselves by putting their toys away after playing

 

Social & Character Building Skills:
  • Provide opportunities for your child to spend time with other children playing and talking
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  • Encourage your child to share and take turns
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  • Give your child small chores/jobs so he/she may experience responsibility and a sense of accomplishment
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  • Set a daily routine.
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  • Talk about and model how to express feelings appropriately and with self-control
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  • Remind children to listen when others talk (looking into the speaker's eyes, waiting his/her turn to speak)

 

Fine Motor Skills:
  • Provide crayons, markers, pencils, scissors, glue, paints, etc. for your child to use and express his/her creativity
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  • Teach your child to color between lines neatly
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  • Have your child string beads, fruit loops, etc. to make necklaces
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  • Have your child roll & shape play-doh into snakes and other interesting creatures
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  • Teach your child to pick up small objects with tweezers and tongs
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  • Have your child put puzzles together
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  • Have your child build with Legos, Tinker Toys, Bristle Blocks, and other small blocks
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  • Teach your child to build/form pictures with a Light Bright
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  • Let your child tear paper into small pieces and glue them together to make a picture
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  • Teach your child how to use scissors to cut straight lines, wavy lines, zig-zags, and to make fringe along the edge of paper to make grass
 
Literacy: 
  • Read, read, read, and read some more to your children!  Reading aloud to your child helps him/her build language skills like vocabulary, comprehension, rhyme, and concepts of print
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  • Visit the library often to read, hear a story teller, or watch a puppeteer
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  • Have your child learn to read & write the letters in his/her own name
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  • Use the beginning sound of your child's name as a foundation for building sound knowledge.  If your child's name starts with P, help him/her find other items that begin with that sound like popcorn, puzzle, pillow, etc. 
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  • Let your child practice writing his/her name in sand, a small tray of rice, shaving cream, pudding, finger paint, sidewalk chalk, playdoh, etc
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  • Play "I  Spy" and have your child identify the letters and words that are everywhere in your home/environment.  Have him/her name cereals, restaurants, toys, stores, street signs, and more.  "I spy with my little eye, something that begins with the letter M, /m/. 
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  • Place magnetic letters on your refrigerator at the child's eye level so they can manipulate them to form their name, and other familiar words
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  • create a letter scrapbook with your child.  For each page, write a matching uppercase & lowercase letter.  Have your child look for pictures & photos that begin with the letter and glue them to the page. 
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  • Let your child see you writing letters: (checks to pay bills, grocery lists, etc.) Give your child his/her own piece of paper and let him/her write out their own list using kid writing. (It's ok if you can't read it - you  are modeling uses/reasons for writing)
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  • Create a writing tool-box to store fun writing materials, different kinds of paper, envelopes, stickers, etc
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  • Read, recite, sing, and act out Nursery Rhymes, Jump Rope Rhymes, silly songs, & finger plays, & riddles
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  • Create new silly names. If your child's name is Sam, turn his/her name into: Bam, Ham, Jam, Kam, Mam, etc
 
Math:
  • Focus your child's attention on the colors, shapes, and numbers seen all around them.  Ask him/her to help you read the numerals on signs, point out shapes of things, and name colors.
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  • Let your child assist you in the kitchen.  Let them pour, mix, measure, roll, etc
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  • Encourage your child to practice sorting skills while folding laundry, putting toys away, playing with colored blocks, eating his/her favorite candy, etc
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  • For numeral practice, use flashcards to add numbers 0-5, play Go Fish!, Memory Match, etc.  Teach your child to recognize & count numbers to 100.
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  • Refer to the calendar frequently.  Talk about the days of the week, the date, count the number of days left until an up-coming event, etc
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  • Practice counting objects around your house.  (books, shoes, socks, toys, blocks, pennies, candies, etc).  Teach your child to count to 100. 
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  • Play board games (high-ho cherrio, candy land), connect four and dominoes with your child. 

 

 

 

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