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  • ABCs at Home with me Literacy Kit Instructions

    Published on September 23, 2019
    The ABCs at Home with me Literacy Kit includes basic items to support emergent literacy development within the family environment.

  • The Way I Feel Family Book Sheet

    Published on September 23, 2019
    This story helps children learn words to describe how they are feeling.

  • “Owl Babies” Family Book Sheet

    Published on September 23, 2019
    Three baby owls wait anxiously for their mother to return in this heartwarming story.

  • Hands on Literacy Activities

    Published on September 23, 2019
    These literacy activities are great for children who respond better when they are engaged in activities that require movement, talking and listening.

  • ABCs at Home With me Fact Sheet

    Published on September 23, 2019
    This resource explains how important reading and literacy skills are and how parents can help their children achieve these.

  • Calming Jar Instructions

    Published on September 20, 2019
    A calming jar is a great way for young children to control their emotions and self regulate.

  • Promoting Social & Emotional Health in Young Children

    Published on September 20, 2019
    This lesson provides strategies for parents to help their children build social and emotional helath.

  • The Retelling Glove

    Published on September 20, 2019
    Use this lesson help children retell a story.

  • Tips for reading with Children

    Published on September 20, 2019
    Use this resources to learn how to make it easy to incorporate 30 minutes of reading for your child.

  • ABCs of Early Literacy

    Published on September 20, 2019
    This sheet provides tips to parents about how to help their children as they begin to show "emergent literacy" skills which develop before they can read.

  • Children & Youth Impacts: Helping Create a Solid Foundation for Children

    Published on May 29, 2019
    Michigan State University (MSU) Extension provides early childhood programs that help parents, childcare providers, and other important adults in the lives of children from birth to age 8 develop important skills.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Clothespin Letters

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity,the child will learn to recognize letters and spell words as they practice and develop their fine motor skills by matching clothespin letters to letters in a word.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Sensory Play

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity, the child will develop skills while freely exploring the sensory materials provided.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Cupcake Counting

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity, adults will encourage and support children as they practice their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and counting by placing the correct number of pompoms in the cupcake liner.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Letter Hunt

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity, you will encourage the child to search for the hidden letters in the cornmeal and then match each letter up with the letter on the letter sheets.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Flip Flop Rhyming Fun

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity, the child will practice understanding how rhyming words start with different letters or sounds, but end the same way. They will match up words that rhyme by matching halves of pairs of flip flops.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Measure It!

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity, children will use everyday items to work on early math skills such as classification, comparison and measuring.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Let's Read!

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity, children will choose a book to explore and read and then work with them to recall and identify what happened in the story.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Feelings Mask

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity, you will explore emotions with the child by creating a mask that represents a feeling or emotion.

  • Heads In, Hearts In: Parts of a Book

    Published on October 18, 2018
    In this activity children will choose a book to explore and you will work with them to identify the simple parts of a book.