Thursday, November 05, 2009

Early Literacy Fun for Little People

November's Fingerplay of the Month
This month's fingerplay has many variations; we offer one variant here. Your hand motions demonstrate the words and with repetition, you can help your little one develop hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, rhythm, sequence, memory, and an appreciation for following directions. Of course, there is a little tickling involved so have fun!

Open Them, Shut Them (Follow-along Video plus Script) video
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap, lap, lap
Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Do not let them in!

Further Reading
Here's a short list of books that feature a range of follow along activities to share with your child as he or she develops pre-reader and early reader skills. As always, please feel free to ask for other suggestions and recommendations.

Toddlerobics by Zita Newcome
Can You Guess by Margaret Miller
Zoo Parade by Harriet Ziefert

Post by Kathleen Sands