Activity: Making Your Play Area Language Rich
- Think about your play area and what tools or resources kids could use to enrich or extend their experiences?
- Gather everything
- Set them materials out in an attractive, easy to use way
- Let them explore the materials during play.
- Play with them and model how to use or make things such as signs or maps.
Activity: Making and Using a Vocabulary Word Wall
- Divide your paper into 4-8 sections depending on the number of words you want to focus on.
- Come up with a list of theme related words. Ask your child what words they want to have on their word wall.
- Explain the word as you are writing it. What letters and sounds are in the word. How many letters are in the word? What does the word look like? Are there all short letters? Are some of the letters tall?
- Practice using the words in sentences. My son is NOT reading at 4 years old, but knows how to make a sentence with his words.”Trains can jump on tracks if they are jumping trains.” was his sentence this morning for the word tracks.
- Hang your mini poster / word wall close to the area where your child plays trains or tape it on the train storage bin!
Activity: Train T Chart; What Trains CAN and CANNOT Do
- Think about what trains can and cannot do.
- Look at the pictures in your books to get some ideas.
- Have your child tell you what they can do and write these words down on the can side.
- Have your child tell you what trains cannot do and write these words down on the other side.
- Read the lists together and add more if you think of them!