Language Arts Slides

Illinois Early Learning has created a bank of slides based on Standards Start at Home: A Guide to Early Learning for Parents/Families. These slides contain simple suggestions for parents of young children. The Standards Start at Home slides are available in PDF format (31MB). Feel free to share the full document.

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Tips for Helping Children Develop Language Skills  (slide 1)  

  • Talk about things your child likes and ask questions 
  • Give directions in small parts 
  • Help them make up words that rhyme, such as “dog, fog, hog, log” 

Tips for Language Skills (slide 2)   

  • Sing the ABC song and other songs that emphasize rhymes, such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or “This Old Man” 
  • Learn a tongue twister together (e.g., Peter Piper picked a peck…) 

Tips for Language Skills (slide 3)   

  • Help your child figure out answers on their own; sometimes you can help them understand something new by reminding them of something they already know 
  • Encourage your child to talk with others (“Tell Grandma what we did today”) 

Tips for Reading With Your Child (slide 1)   

  • Read with your child often! Offer a variety of books (use your local library). 
  • Run your finger along the words so they see you are reading from left to right 

Tips for Reading With Your Child (slide 2)   

  • When reading, stop and ask, “What do you think will happen next?” Help them predict what will happen next using the pictures of what’s being read to them. 
  • Encourage your child to “read” a favorite story from memory. Have your child make up a story to go with the pictures. 

Tips for Reading With Your Child (slide 3)   

  • Ask simple questions about what the child read (or heard being read) 
  • Make sure your child sees you reading books, mail, etc. This helps them know that reading is important to you. 

Tips for Reading With Your Child (slide 4)   

  • Give your child foam or magnetic letters so they can hold and touch them. Name the letters for them as they play. 
  • Encourage your child to “read” familiar signs, such as STOP 

Tips for Developing Your Child’s Prewriting Skills (slide 1)    

  • Offer your child a variety of writing materials (crayons, pencils, markers, and different sizes and types of paper). 
  • Label toy containers or other items in the house with words or words with pictures 

Tips for Developing Your Child’s Prewriting Skills (slide 2)    

  • Use interactive reading skills. Point to the words as you read a book to your child, talking about who wrote the book and who drew the pictures. 
  • Be sure to expose your child to print in his native language and English if another language is spoken at home. Children can learn more than one language at a time. 

Tips for Developing Your Child’s Prewriting Skills (slide 3)    

  • Include “writing” when you play, such as taking orders in a “restaurant,” writing pretend telephone messages, and playing “school” 
  • Put your child’s ideas in print. Write down their own words about a picture they drew or make a list of items they want for their birthday 

Language Arts Activities: Picture Labeling 

What your child will learn: Expressive language; the relationship between written and spoken language; how to describe images 

Materials: Paper and drawing/writing utensils (markers, crayons, pencils, etc.) 


  • Ask your child to draw a picture 
  • Ask the child to tell you about his picture (try not to say what you think it is) 
  • Write what the child says on the paper to show the link between spoken and written language 
  • Date the picture (to help review skill progress over time) 
  • Display the picture with words proudly somewhere at home 

Language Arts Activities: Walk A Letter  

What your child will learn: How to identify letters; how to make letter-sound matches 

Materials: Sidewalk chalk or masking tape 


  • Make large letters on the sidewalk or driveway using chalk or masking tape 
  • Have the child walk on the letter and say the letter 
  • Say the sound the letter makes 

Language Arts Activities: Word Games 

What your child will learn: Phonological Awareness (sounds); letter-sound matches; how to separate and repeat sounds in a language 

Materials: None needed. Play these anywhere! 


  • Play a game listening to the different sounds in words (e.g., map-cap, sat-hat). Do they sound the same? Do they rhyme? 
  • Listen to the first sound in each word. Repeat and emphasize the sound for the child. Run, road. Box, button. 
  • Clap the syllables in names or words. Su-san (clap, clap) 

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Family Child Care
  • Home

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
Reviewed: 2021