Archive for August 2018

Use the Grocery Store to Develop Your Young Child’s Language

One of the most important things you can do is to help your baby, toddler, or young child develop his descriptive language skills.  One of the best places to help your child do this is the grocery store. Make going to the grocery store a learning experience. As you shop for groceries, describe for your…

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Age-Appropriate Writing Skills for Preschoolers

During preschool years, children’s writing is messy and often illegible.  Your goal, as a parent, is to help your preschooler understand the process of writing and that it is a way we communicate with others through words and symbols.  Here are some suggested activities for you to use at home to encourage your preschooler to…

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Teach the Letter Sounds to Your Preschooler at the Grocery Store

The grocery store, particularly the fruit and vegetable section, is a wonderful place to begin teaching your preschooler the sounds of the letters.  Select those items that you typically use in your home.  For example, as you pass by the apples, say, “See the apples.  Apple begins with an a.  A says, “a”, apple.”   “Here…

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Teach Your Young Child to Describe, Categorize, Classify, Compare, and Contrast Objects

Take the opportunity daily to expand your child’s language, by describing, categorizing, comparing and contrasting the things you see.  Talk about their color, size, shape, function, texture, amount, and position. Describe things; “Look at the blue car” (color), “There is a tall man” (size), “Look at the big yellow “M” in front of MacDonald’s.  It…

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Use the Grocery Story to Teach Your Child to Read Words

You can help your child learn to read words by having your child help you shop at the grocery store!  Teach your three and four year old to read the words on a simple shopping list.  If you have more than one young child, they can take turns each time you shop. Pick three to…

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