“Tools of the Trade” for literacy
Here is a list for “tools of the Trade” for literacy! What items do you have in your home to promote the love of reading?
I admit it, I am a list maker. I love to make a list and cross off things I accomplish. There are days that I write something on my list that I have already completed…just so I can cross it off! So because I love lists, I put together a simple list of tools for literacy. These are items that every home with children should have to encourage a love of reading and writing. So, get your pens out and start crossing off the items you have….or make a list of things you need to foster your child’s growth in literacy.
1. Books in several places of your home that are accessible to your children.
2. More than one rhyme book.
3. Several picture books.
4. A book of nursery rhymes.
5. Chalkboard or white board.
5. Unlined paper.
6. Crayons, markers, pencils, and sidewalk chalk.
7. Magnetic letters.
8. Alphabet books.
9. Children’s Bookmarks.
10. Classic chapter books to read to your child.
11. Reading area in your home.
12. Supplies for your child to make their own book.
13. Children’s poetry books.
14. Sorting toys.
15. Puppets for your child to act out a story.
16. Books about colors.
17. Books about animals.
18. Books about how things work.
19. Books about nature and the earth.
20. Silly books.
21. Stationary for your child to write a letter.
22. Books about the seasons.
23. Music with rhythm.
24. Letter games.
25. Children’s magazines.
26. A library card for your child.
27. Books about feelings.
28. Books about childhood events like new siblings, potty training, going to school etc.
29. Alphabet blocks.
30. Shaving cream to draw letters in.
31. Finger paints.
32. Play dough and letter cookie cutters.
33. Letter matching games.
34. Pop up and flap books.
35. Touch and feel books.
What else??? Post your suggestions of “tools of the trade” for literacy!
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.