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Kitchen Labeling

Ask your child to name common items in the kitchen as you write the words on cards. Place the card on each item and read the words together.

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Extending this activity

  • -Build up the child’s personal word card bank. As he or she learns new words write them on index cards and keep the cards in a plastic zip locked bag. Use opportunities while waiting (at a restaurant, in a doctor’s office, settling down before going to sleep at night) to practice reading the cards together.

    -Choose a non-fiction book that has pictures of many household items with words attached to each one, such as Richard Scarry's "Best First Word Book Ever!"

Adjust for an older child

After practicing the words for a while add the words to note cards, writing kitchen words in red, bedroom words in blue, and living room words in green. Allow the child to take the cards around the house and match the card to the item. As the child matchs the cards, he or she should read the word.

Adjust for a younger child

Develop the child’s vocabulary by pointing at the object and saying the name. The child should attempt to repeat the name after the adult. Encourage the child to talk with you about what the object is used for.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Reading Words

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