Building Reading Confidence
Encourage kids to read to younger siblings or pets to gain confidence.
Together, watch Abby Cadabby read to baby Marco, then invite kids to read a favorite book to younger siblings, friends, pets, stuffed animals, or dolls. They don’t need to be able to actually read the words in the book—they can use the pictures to tell the story. You can even record them reading (they’ll love listening to their own voices afterward, and they’ll know you’re proud of their efforts)! If you don’t have a book, kids can tell a story from their imagination—that also prepares kids for reading.
Terry Crews Is an Artist
Terry Crews, Count, and Abby talk about the word “artist.”
Abby’s Letter Garden
Prepare children for school success by exposing them to uppercase letters, helping them recognize them, and write them themselves.
Alphabet art is a fun, hands-on way to help kids recognize the shapes of letters. It can also provide an opportunity to layer in learning across subjects. Watch this video and think of ways you might incorporate letter crafts into your work with kids and families.
Building and Rebuilding Language Skills—and Community!
An article about building children’s language skills by enriching your interactions.
Creating Alphabet-Rich Environments
Alphabet recognition involves learning the names, shapes, and sounds of the letters in the alphabet, and it helps get kids ready for phonics learning. There are so many ways to introduce the alphabet to young children. Adding a little alphabet magic to your environment can be a great place to start.
I Know My Letters
A printable alphabet coloring page.
Building a Reader
An interactive course that explores key literacy goals, strategies, and activities to support learning around language and literacy in children ages 2-5.