Family Book Sheets
Literacy activities are much more than just reading. They can include pretend play, math and science, music and movement, motor and thinking skills, art and reading readiness activities. Children are more likely to develop skills when they are having fun, but also when the skills have meaning for them. Using books in early childhood is a great way to link new concepts to ideas that children already understand. Activities can be matched with books to extend learning in hands-on ways that focus on developing specific learning skills.
Each MI Stronger Family Book Sheet includes the book title and author as well as a short summary. There are also helpful tips about ideas and questions to ask the children before, during and after reading the book. The MI Stronger Family Book Sheet focuses on activities that can enhance the book reading in seven main areas of school readiness that include:
- Math and science
- Reading readiness
- Music and movement
- Motor skills
- Thinking skills
- Pretend Play
Check out MSU Extension’s video based resources on the MSU Extension Early Childhood YouTube channel. Topics of videos include: friendship skills, communication, developing independence, cooperation, misbehavior, early literacy, sibling relationships and much more. New video topics are added freqently!
MI Stronger Family Book Sheets
To find a workshop on literacy, check out the MSU Extension Events page and search “Early Childhood Development” and the month you would like to take the workshop.
For book based activities to support military children experiencing deployment, check out the 4-H Military Family Book Sheets. Each book sheet contains a summary of the book, author and publication details, and activities that families can use with their children pre-, during or post deployment to extend the message of the book.