PreK – 1st Language

Reading and talking about books is a great way to support language skills.

Get ready to read the story by thinking about what you already know about fish and sharing:

– What are some kinds of fish that you know? Can you describe them?
– What facts do you know about fish?  
– Why is it nice to share?
– How does it make us feel if a friend doesn’t share with us?
– Why is it sometimes hard to share?

After the story go through these questions:
– Who are the characters in the story?
– Where does the story take place? This is called the setting.
– What happened at the beginning of the story?
– What was the problem? How did this make the characters feel?
– How was this problem solved? How did the characters feel now?
– How does the story end?

Can you retell the story?

PreK-2nd Grade: Language –

Reading and talking about books is a great way to support language skills.  

Before you watch the video, please talk with your family about pets.  
– Can you name 3 different kinds of pets?
– What are some things people have to do to take care of pets?
– This story is called “Harry the Dirty Dog.” What do you think will happen in the story?

Watch the video:

After you watch it, talk about the story with your family.
– Who were the characters?
– Why did Harry hide the scrubbing brush?
– Where did Harry hide the brush?
– How did Harry get so dirty?
– What happened at the end of the story?

16 Everyday Activities That Count as Learning

I know this is an overwhelming time for everyone. So, I was encouraged when I saw this list from WeAreTeachers about 16 Everyday Activities That Count as Learning.

Talking with your children while you do these activities is a great learning opportunity and a wonderful way to support their language development. Click on the link to visit WeAreTeachers and learn more.

Ideas to Practice Speech/Language Skills at Home

  • Play a game where you hide something and give your child specific directions on how to find it (i.e. Go up the stairs.  Turn right and walk to 10 steps. Look behind the pillow.) Then have your child take a turn hiding something and giving you specific directions.
  • Play a game where you describe an item and have your child guess what you are talking about.  Then have your child take a turn describing an item for you to guess.
  • Write a sentence, cut the words apart, mix up the words, and have your child put the words in order.
  • Have your child name all the items they can think of that fit in a category (i.e. fruits, vegetables, etc)
  • Ask your child imagination questions (i.e. if you were a bird, what would you see when you are flying)
  • Have your child make up a story.
  • Have your child tell you how two things are alike and how two things are different (i.e. an apple & a banana; a fork & spoon; a car and a motorcycle)
  • Simon Says
  • Headbandz game (use it for describing items together, turn-taking, predictions – you can write down what the other person says to help you find out what item you have on your head)
  • Make a treasure hunt for the kids to find fun toys or snacks
  • Name a shape and have your child go around the house and find things that are that shape
  • Place objects from around the house (i.e.: spoon, crayon)  in a pillowcase or bag and have your child describe to you what each object is using specific characteristics (i.e. size, shape, color, parts, location, group it belongs to)
  • Have your child follow directions to work on prepositions (i.e.: in, on, over, under) with your child’s favorite toy.  Tell your child to place the toy “under” the chair or “in” the box. After, have them work on their expressive language by having them create the direction using a preposition.  
  • Wall Bop – Put each alphabet letter on a sticky note and put them on a wall or door.  Have the kids throw a beanbag at them. Whatever letter they get, they have to name the letter and something that starts with that letter.

Online Reading Opportunities

Check out some digital books, audiobooks, and magazines online. Many of these websites are offering free access to their content in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out some books or audiobooks:
Epic! – digital library
Storyline Online – videos of children’s books read by celebrities
Audible Stories – audible books available for streaming
Scholastic Kids – online books and games

Or, check out some magazines online:
* Highlights Kids
* National Geographic Kids
* TIME for Kids
* Ranger Rick

Online Books

Epic! Digital Library
Storyline Online
Audible Stories


Highlights Kids
National Geographic KIDS
TIME for Kids
Ranger Rick Magazine

Language Tip: Conversation Builds Vocabulary

Looking for a way to help support language development? Talk, talk, talk!

Looking for some conversation starters? Check out a museum, zoo, or book.

In response to COVID-19, many online resources have been made available for free to the public. I’ve shared some links to these on the sidebar under “Language Enrichment & Virtual Field Trips”