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.
Tips for Language Skills (slide 2)
- 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 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 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
- Family Child Care
- Parents / Family
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
- Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards: