In an effort to create the best possible start for our youngest kids, please watch the videos and check out the resources below for ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten.
Listen and Read Along with The Neighborhood Mother Goose
Hearing rhymes helps young children develop reading skills. Click here to have your child follow along as they listen to these classic nursery rhymes.
Have fun learning all about rhyming, beginning sounds, syllables, letters, and environmental print through easy and engaging activities you can do right at home with your child!
SKILL: RhymingRhyming teaches children how language works. Rhyming helps children notice and play with sounds in words. Here are rhyming activities you can play anywhere such as in the car or waiting in line at a store!
|ACTIVITY||Rhyme Repetition: Child begins to hear and say rhyming words|
Rhyme Recognition: Child recognizes if words rhyme or do not rhyme
Click to watch Hearing Rhymes
SKILL: Beginning SoundsIt is important for children to be able to recognize individual sounds in words. Here are some scavenger hunt activities to help your child hear the beginning sounds.
|ACTIVITY||Same Beginning Sound Hunt: |
Different Beginning Sound Hunt:
SKILL: SyllablesHearing syllables helps children distinguish parts in a word. Recognizing syllables supports both reading and writing. Here are some activities to practice hearing and counting syllables in words.
|ACTIVITY||Syllable Hopscotch: |
Syllable Clapping, Tapping, and Chin-dropping:
Click to watch Syllables Hopscotch
Click to watch Tapping, clapping & chin-drops for syllables!
SKILL: LettersChildren need to learn their ABC’s but practicing letters doesn’t have to be with a pencil and paper! Here are letter activities to do with your child that will be a fun sensory experience!
|ACTIVITY||Salty Letters: |
Guess My Letter:
Click to watch Tracing Letters in a Salt Tray
Click to watch Tracing Letters on our Backs
SKILL: Environmental PrintEnvironmental print is the print that is all around us. It is the print on signs, labels, and logos. Environmental print helps your child to begin to recognize familiar words and letters in words. It also builds confidence and gets children excited about reading! Here are some activities to use the print around you.
|ACTIVITIES||I Spy Environmental Print: |
I Can Read Environmental Print:
|EXAMPLE||Click here for an example of an Environmental Alphabet Book|
- Tips for Parents for Reading Aloud to Your Child ENGLISH | SPANISH
- National Center on Improving Literacy: a resource for additional information on how to support your child’s literacy development