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Early literacy begins with you. Help your child get ready to read with simple activities you can do any time!

This is the Way We Get Ready for Bed
(Sung to: “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” Pretend to do actions for each line)
This is the Way We Get Ready for Bed
Ready for bed, ready for bed.
This is the Way We Get Ready for Bed
So late in the evening!
This is the way we take a bath, (scrub & splash)
Take a bath, take a bath.
This is the way we take a bath,
So late in the evening!

This is the way we put on pajamas,
This is the way we brush our teeth, (brush)
This is the way we read a story, (read a book)
This is the way we blow a kiss, (blow a kiss!)
This is the way we go to sleep, (snore!)

Hey, Hey What Do You Say, Tell Me What You Did Today!
Each night before bed ask your child to share what happened that day with you. Help them by asking questions: Who did you play with today? Did you go outside? Ask questions to get them talking: How did you feel when that happened? What do you wish you had done instead?

Quiet Writing
To calm your child at the end of the day "write" letters and words with your finger on the palm of their hand. Have your child guess the letter or word.  Now let them try letters, words or drawings on your hand and see if you can guess!

Splish Splash Taking A Bath
Add a few drops of food coloring to your child's bath water and decide on a theme for the bath. When the water is blue, play with things you would find in the ocean such as sea animals and boats. When the water is green you could have a jungle or garden theme. If the water is pink or purple it could be a party.

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