Summer Wonder: Little Readers (ages 0-4)

As a parent, you are your child’s first, best teacher. The Kent County Success Basics are five fun, easy and powerful ways to help your child grow. 

Little Readers will get a free book as their prize for completing Summer Wonder.

Complete Summer Wonder's 30-Day Challenge by doing 30 days of any of the following activities between June 1 and Aug. 8 Aug. 22.

Read and discuss stories

  • Before you open a book, read the title and look at the pictures. Guess what it might be about. 
  • Read a story and act out movements to some of the action words. 
  • Reread your child’s favorite book. 
  • While reading, describe the pictures, talking about colors, shapes and characters. 
  • Read books together that are about people who are alike and different from you and your child. 

Talk: Sing and point

  • Sing a nursery rhyme. 
  • Make up your own verses for the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know it.” 
  • As you walk or do errands, talk about what you are doing while do it and what it going on. 
  • Say and do the motions to one of your favorite rhymes. 

Love: Maximize love, manage stress

  • Respond to your child’s feelings and let them know that all feelings are okay. 
  • Have your child help you prepare dinner. 
  • For snack, offer limited choices. For example: apples OR grapes. 
  • Spend time outside together.  Spread out a blanket and look at the clouds. 

Play: Explore through movement and play

  • Put on a puppet show using stuffed animals or make your own sock puppet. 
  • Play search and find: hide things under a blanket and have your child “find” it or play hide and seek. 
  • Get out spoons and pots to make a kitchen band. 
  • Drawing is a good way to exercise little hands and be creative. Put out some crayons and paper. Your child can also experiment with tearing and folding the paper. 

Count: Group and compare

  • Help your child clap to the beat as you listen to a song.  
  • In the bath, fill up and dump out a cup. Talk about “full” vs. “empty” and “in” vs “out.”
  • Count a basket of objects together and sort them into related groups. 
  • Share a counting book together. 

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