30 Jan - 9 Feb

Hello friends! During this unit, we are working on the following vocabulary words:

in/out, up/down, day/night, wet/dry, cold/hot, big/little, light/heavy, over/under

To teach these words to your child, use the words frequently during your daily routines and book-reading. These words are opposites and can be used in many different contexts throughout the day.  You can use both words in the pair to show that they are opposites.  Just use the words frequently as you provide examples of their meanings.  For example, while putting toys in their container, you could say "IN! we are putting it IN!....this toy is OUT, and this one is IN!" After you have exposed your child to the vocabulary, you can use fill-in-the-blank sentences to help your child use the new words they have learned.  If they are not able to use the correct word, that's ok.  Give them 3 seconds to answer, then say the word you were looking for, then say the whole sentence again so they hear the whole thing.

During this unit, you can focus on using a technic called "parallel talk" that will help facilitate increased language exposure. Parallel talk means providing language for what the child is doing.  It's like narrating the child's actions.  And it is helpful because it provides a lot of vocabulary and language for the child and it is in context so the child can understand the meaning easier.  For example, while the child is playing with legos, you might say: "you got the big one! Oh, you're putting the big red one on top.  Oh no, it's falling! You are building a tower! it's getting so tall!"  There are almost always opportunities to use parallel talk to increase your child's exposure to language. You just describe to your child what he or she is doing.  You could even throw in the vocabulary words for this unit (in/out, up/down, day/night, wet/dry, cold/hot, big/little, light/heavy, over/under).

During the first week of this unit we are working on the letter "P". The following week (Feb 6 - Feb 9) we will be working on the letter "U." When you are reading books, or signs, or labels, point out the letters and help your child write and trace those letters and talk about what sound each letter makes, and practice making its sound.