Friday, June 10, 2011

Resource spotlight! Literacy Activities

Washington Learning Systems is making available, at no cost, parent-child language and early literacy activities in seven languages! English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali, Burmese and Russian. The materials were developed by and made available by Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D. and colleagues. These materials are free and may be copied and distributed as long as they are not sold.

The “On the Go” materials include fourteen home and community activities for adults and young children (birth to five) that encourage early language and literacy development. These activities are designed to be used every day outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. They will encourage you as a parent to interact with your children while you are “on the go” to facilitate language, early literacy, and positive parent-child interactions. Isn’t that what we all want?!

Each of the activities includes an activity description, and hints for making the activity fun and developmentally appropriate.  An activity checklist helps parents notice their children's skills and prompts parents to examine and build their own interactions with children. The activities are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.

To download materials go to and click on the button that says "Literacy Resources" on the home page.  You will need to create a login account using your email address and a password.

P.S. There are other literacy resources available on that page, including “Supporting Literacy in Natural Environments” for infants and preschoolers. They also are free and reproducible in English and Spanish.

For questions please contact:
Mary Maddox 
Washington Learning Systems

Try out the activities and let us know what you think! We’d appreciate it!

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