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Pre-K | January Activities

Month-by-Month Literacy Activities to Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Get your child ready for literacy in Kindergarten through simple everyday activities and play!

Kids can learn valuable skills through small, teachable moments during a normal day. This means no grueling work sessions with flash cards, buying expensive educational toys or completing tedious worksheets!

These free Pre-K reading exercises can help your child get an early start on reading!

Conversation Skills

Talk to your child about the tradition of making a “New Year’s resolution”. A resolution is a good habit we would like to start doing. What’s a good thing they’d like to do for the new year? Make it a New Year’s resolution for the whole family to get your child seeing, hearing and reading along with as many books as they can get their hands on this year!

Print Awareness

  • If you haven’t already, get your child a library card! Have them pick out books from the children’s section that they’d like you to read to them at home.
  • Sign up to receive free books to read.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.

Phonemic Awareness

Have your child enjoy some computer time while practicing the critical skills they need to be a future strong reader: letter sounds.

Letter Knowledge

Letters: u, c

  • U, u is for up
    • Read: Up Above and Down Below by Sue Redding
    • Write: Each time you find a word that starts with U lift up your finger and sky write a U.
  • C, c is for cat
    • Read:
      • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
      • Millions of Cats by Wyanda Gag
      • I Like Cats by Patricia Hubbell
    • Write: Put cornmeal on a plate. Write the letter C. What other letters can you write?
    • Read:
      • Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards
    • Point to all the Cs you see on the page. How many C words are in this book?


  • Put a squirt of shaving cream on tiles next to the bathtub and your children write letters in the “snow”.
  • Fold a paper in half. Write and draw the things you did in fall and the things you do in winter. What are some things that you can do in both fall and winter?
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