If you feel like you spend a lot of time in the car and it's getting boring for everyone, here are some fun early literacy tips for the car.
- Sing as you go! Pop a CD in from our CD collection, and let loose. Don't worry about how good your voice is. Singing helps your child break down words into smaller sounds, which is a preliteracy skill, and it's fun!
- Describe what the car is doing! Are you going fast? Practice speaking fast. Is the car going slow? Turning? Narrate together what actions the car is taking. This helps build vocabulary and connects concepts with action!
- Discuss what you see outside! Playing I Spy or just pointing out fun things you see is a great way to develop vocabulary, creative thinking, and more.
- Read signs! For someone who is just learning to read, understanding that there are words all around you can be a great way to connect sounds and letters and recognize the alphabet in context.
- Have them "read" a book to you! Whether or not your child can actually read, having them describe what's on the page and telling you the story help them practice reading habits.
Here are some fun songs about vehicles and driving from the King County Library System.