Poetry Partnership – Write a poem with your child. One fun way to do this is to think of a line and challenge your child to think of the next one. When the poem is finished, invite your child to illustrate it.

Tasting the Stories – When you and your child read a book that involves food as part of the plot, sample the food mentioned in the story. For example, if you read Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup with Rice or Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, follow up by making chicken soup with rice or munching on garden vegetables.

Multiplication Words – Words used in mathematics often have similar meanings as those used in real life. For example, several factors may make or contribute to something, a product may be the result of something was made, or something may be repeated many times. Use the words factor, product, and times in conversations with your child other than learning or reviewing multiplication facts in order to expand his or her vocabulary and word usage.

I Want a Pet – Ask your child to imagine that he or she could have any pet in the world. What would your child choose? How would your child take care of it? Have your child write a paragraph and draw a picture of the chosen pet.

Time to Read – Establish a storytime with your child.
--Choose books with rhyme, repetition, and simple vocabulary, as well as interesting stories and colorful illustrations. School Zone Start to Read! (trademark) books help beginning readers develop a lifetime love of reading.
--Point to the words as your read them out loud. Read with expression, and change your voice to imitate characters.
--Involve your child in the story by asking him or her to identify and count characters and objects, express his or her opinion, and repeat significant phrases. Your child can also help by selecting the book and turning the pages.