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Families, as we usher in the new year, it’s the perfect time to integrate fun and engaging literacy activities into our daily routines with your little ones. Early Intellect is excited to introduce the January Bingo Card – a fun way to sprinkle early literacy practice into your family’s everyday life, especially for those little ones learning to read and write. Engaging in literacy activities from a young age sets the foundation for your child becoming a strong reader.

What’s on the January Bingo Card?

The January Bingo Card is filled with easy to implement, effective, enjoyable activities tailored to enhance your child’s literacy skills. Let’s take a peek at what you can expect:

1. Rhyme Time

Have your child produce rhyming words that pair with winter-related words like: snow, cold, coat,Shiver, chilly, blizzard ). This fun exercise enhances phonological awareness and is perfect for those cozy winter afternoons. Don’t forget to remind your child that words that rhyme have the same sound in the middle and at the end, and share a few examples with them (hat/bat, sit/mit, shaking/making etc.)

2. Syllable Counting

Together, clap out the syllables in winter-themed words such as: pinecone, cold, shiver, snowball, iceberg, snowplow, frostbite, freezing, frost, and snowflake. It’s a playful way to help your child understand word structure.

3. Beginning Sound Match

Identify words that start with the same sound as “winter.” First, identify with your child the beginning sound in the word winter(/w/) and have your child tell you words that begin with that same sound. Some possibilities include: watermelon, watch, water, window, waves, wagon, witch, win, wall.

4. Sound Blending & Segmentation

Blend sounds to make words like “s-n-o-w” or break apart words like “cold” into individual sounds (/c/, /o/, /l/ /d/.) These activities build phonemic awareness, crucial for early reading skills.

5. New Year’s Resolutions & Winter Word Wall

Involve your child in writing a simple goal for the new year or create a wall of winter words for each letter of the. These activities not only enhance writing skills but also build vocabulary. Remember these activities can be easily differentiated for your child based on where they are on their writing journey. If your child is not yet able to write a sentence, they can draw a picture and label everything they drew with the beginning sound of the word, they can also write the word next to what they drew. If they are able to, they can write a full sentence or multiple sentences to explain their thinking. 

6. Story Retelling 

Read a winter story and have your child retell it in their own words. This  exercise bolsters comprehension skills.

7. Create a Family Storybook 

Encourage your child to draw pictures and write a story about your family. Again, this activity can be easily differentiated for your child. If your child is not yet able to write a sentence, they can draw a picture and label everything they drew with the beginning sound of the word, they can also write the word next to what they drew. If they are able to, they can write a full sentence or multiple sentences to explain their thinking. 

8. Label the House 

Label common household items to enhance word recognition practice spelling and identifying sounds in words. 

9. Invent a Snowy Sport & Imagine Living in an Igloo

Let your child’s imagination soar by completing these writing prompts: inventing a new sport to play in the snow or describing what it would be like to live in an igloo, encouraging creativity, storytelling and practicing spelling. 

Download the bingo card for the full list of activities and  follow Early Intellect on Instagram (@earlyintellect )for more ideas and inspiration to ignite the joy of learning in your little ones.

How to Adjust for Different Learning Levels

The beauty of these activities is their flexibility. For children just starting out, focus on the sounds of words and simple recognition. For those a bit further along, encourage more complex sentence structures and creative story elements. Remember, the key is to make it fun and stress-free.

Our January Bingo Card is more than just a set of activities; it’s a pathway to bonding, learning, and creating lasting memories with your child. As you embark on this journey of early literacy, remember to celebrate your child’s growth  along the way!