top of page



Understanding that daily activities often fall in a certain order helps children adapt to the structure of school.


To make children aware of routines, ask them to tell you a story about something they did that day. Story starters:

– getting ready for bed
– walking to school
– going on a shopping trip
– visiting the library



Help your child spell words using an inexpensive magnetic alphabet. Focus on one letter each day and spell words that begin or end with that letter.


Introduce a "new word of the day" and talk about its meaning.

Spell out simple messages for your child to find.


Books with an (*) are also available in Seneca.

Every child ready for school: helping adults inspire young children to learn by Dor

othy Stoltz, Elaine M. Czarnecki, Connie Wilson.

Children’s services: partnerships for success by edited by Betsy Diamant-Cohen.

*Early literacy storytimes @ your library: partnering with caregivers for success by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Díaz.

*Baby storytime magic: active early literacy through bounces, rhymes, tickles, and more by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker; with illustrations by Melanie Fitz.

*Read, rhyme, and romp: early literacy skills and activities for librarians, teachers, and parents by Heather McNeil.

*Family literacy storytimes: readymade storytimes suitable for the whole family by Kathryn Totten.

*The new first dictionary of cultural literacy: what your child needs to know edited by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.; associate editors, William G. Rowland, Jr. and Michael Stanford.

*Bringing literacy home by KaiLonnie Dunsmore and Douglas Fisher, editors.

Einstein never used flash cards: how our children really learn–and why they need to play more and memorize less by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff with Diane Eyer.

Simple steps: developmental activities for infants, toddlers, and two-year olds by Karen Miller, author and illustrator.

Starting out right: a guide to promoting children’s reading success by M. Susan Burns, Peg Griffin, and Catherine E. Snow, editors ; Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council.

Transition tips and tricks for teachers: prepare young children for changes in the day and focus their attention with these smooth, fun, and meaningful transitions! by Jean Feldman; illustrations, K. Whelan Dery.

*Sand and water play: simple, creative activities for young children by Sherrie West and Amy Cox; [illustrations, K. Whelan Dery].

*The encyclopedia of infant and toddler activities: for children birth to 3 written by teachers for teachers; edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Charlie Clark; illustrations by Kathi Whelan Dery.

*The giant encyclopedia of learning center activities: over 600 activities written by teachers for teachers edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Jennifer Ford; illustrations by Kathi Whelan Dery.

*The complete resource book for infants: over 700 experiences for children from birth to 18 months by Pam Schiller; photographs by Mary Duru; illustrations by Kathy Dobbs.

*The giant encyclopedia of kindergarten activities: over 600 activities created by teachers for teachers edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Jennifer Ford; [illustrations, Kathi Whelan Dery].

Reading with babies, toddlers, and twos: a guide to choosing, reading, and loving books together by Susan Straub and K. J. Dell’Antonia, with Rachel Payne.

Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner.

The art of teaching reading by Lucy McCormick Calkins.

Phonics, naturally: reading & writing for real purposes by Robin Campbell.

*I love letters!: more than 200 quick & easy activities to introduce young children to letters and literacy by Jean Feldman and Holly Karapetkova; illustrated by Deborah Johnson.

*The giant encyclopedia of preschool activities for three-year-olds by Kathy Charner and Maureen Murphy, editors; illustrations, K. Whelan Dery.

The toddler’s busy book by Trish Kuffner ; [illustrations, Laurel Aiello]

Preschool art: it’s the process, not the product by MaryAnn Kohl; illustrations by K. Whelan Dery.

*Alphabet art: with A-Z animal art & fingerplays by Judy Press; illustrations by Sue Dennen.

*50 early childhood literacy strategies by Janice J. Beaty.

Building oral language skills in preK-K: dozens of easy, research-based ideas that develop children’s listening, and vocabulary skills and lay the foundation for reading success by Cindy Middendorf.

The book whisperer: awakening the inner reader in every child by Donalyn Miller; foreword by Jeff Anderson.

*Jump into literacy: active learning for preschool children by Rae Pica.

*Literacy beginnings: a prekindergarten handbook by Gay Su Pinnell, Irene C. Fountas.

Linking language: simple language and literacy activities throughout the curriculum by Robert Rockwell, Debra Hoge, and Bill Searcy; illustrations by K. Whelan Dery.

*Inclusive literacy lessons for early childhood by Pam Schiller and Clarissa Willis; illustrations, Kathy Ferrell.

*The complete resource book for toddlers and twos: over 2000 experiences and ideas! by Pam Schiller; illustrations by Richelle Bartkowiak and Deborah Wright.

100 ideas for teaching literacy by Fred Sedgwick.

*Early childhood literacy: the National Early Literacy Panel and beyond edited by Timothy Shanahan and Christopher J. Lonigan.

Creating literacy-rich preschools and kindergartens by Anne K. Soderman, Patricia Farrell.

*Literacy play: over 300 dramatic play activities that teach pre-reading skills by Sherrie West & Amy Cox; illustrated by Kathy Dobbs.

*Math play! by Diane McGowan & Mark Schrooten; illustrations by Loretta Braren.

Preparing children for reading success: hands-on activities for librarians, educators, and caregivers by Julia Irwin and Dina Moore.

*The everything toddler activities book: over 400 games and projects to entertain and educate by Jodi Levine.

365 games smart toddlers play by Sheila Ellison.

*The arts and crafts busy book by Trish Kuffner.

The complete book of rhymes, songs, poems, fingerplays, and chants [compiled by] Jackie Silberg, Pam Schiller ; illustrated by Deborah C. Wright.

bottom of page