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Making a Grocery List

Your child can help write your grocery list. Share the pen by allowing her to write the beginning or ending letter of some of the words.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read "The Very Hungry Catepillar" by Eric Carle, a book about a catepillar who changes into a butterfly.

    -Make a list of all the foods the catepillar ate, pointing to the word in the book as the child names each item.

Adjust for an older child

Allow the child to have his or her own paper and pen. Let the child add words to his or her list as you add words to yours. Have the child 'read' the list to you (it may contain scribbles, lines, and attempts at some letters which is beginning writing).

Adjust for a younger child

Encourage the child to help name items that you need to buy at the store. Tell him or her that you will make a list so that you can read it while you are shopping. Allow the child to see you writing so that he or she associates spoken words with written words.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Writing Letters and Words

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