Reading Activity Calendar


1Oscar’s BirthdayHave your child make a not-so-grouchy birthday card for Oscar on “Sesame Street.”
2Birthday ListUsing your regular calendar or just a sheet of paper, sit down with your child and make a list of family members’ and friends’ birthdays. Have your child write out the names and dates if possible, and put stars next to birthdays that deserve a special celebration.
3New MoonThere’s a new moon outside tonight. At bedtime, read your child “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s a classic that can be read aloud again and again.
4National Audiobook MonthOn car trips or even at home, have you ever tried listening to audiobooks? They’re a great way to keep children (and the rest of the family) entertained on long rides. Go to the library and check out a couple from the children’s section. Ask a librarian for suggestions.
5Make Your Own AudiobookChildren love to tell stories. Have your child make up a story and then read it aloud into a tape recorder. Later, play it back and listen to it together.
6National Yo-Yo DayPractice the alphabet while yo-yo-ing. Take turns using the yo-yo with your child, and recite each letter of the alphabet as it goes down and up. Start with the letter “A.”
7National Trails DayGo for a hike, if there are trails nearby, or just take a nature walk in or near your neighborhood. Carry a pencil and notepad, and have your child point out birds, plants, flowers, bugs, and more. Write them down in your notepad, and later that day, read them over again with your child and talk about what you saw.
8Nature BooksVisit the library together and check out a children’s book or two on nature, like “Maisy’s Nature Walk,” “The Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature,” or a non-fiction book recommended by a librarian.
9National Bathroom Read Week BeginsYour child is sure to get a kick out of National Bathroom Reading Week. Celebrate by stashing a silly book in the bathroom.
10Walk Around the BlockTake your toddler for a walk in your neighborhood and enjoy the sights and sounds together. As you pass, name people and places for your child. “Look, there’s our mail carrier!” Then add more details. “I wonder if she will bring us a letter.”
11More Walk Around the BlockAfter a few walks, ask your child to make simple predictions. “Do you think we will see that big dog today?”
12Diary DayFor Diary Day, encourage your child to start a diary if he hasn’t already. Have your child decorate a simple, inexpensive notebook with crayons, markers, stickers, and construction paper to make it look special. If your child isn’t writing yet, he can draw pictures about his day and feelings.
13World Juggling DayTomorrow is World Juggling Day. Since juggling is hard for little hands, toss a ball or back and forth while reciting the alphabet. Begin with “A” and advance to the next letter with each throw (like you did for National Yo-Yo Day.)
14Flag DayGo on a “red, white, and blue” scavenger hunt around the house. Make three labels, “red,” “white,” and “blue.” Put the labels on the floor and have your child bring back items that match each color and put them in piles near the labels.
21Father’s DaySnuggle up with Dad and read books like “A Perfect Father’s Day” by Eve Bunting and “Day Out with Daddy” by Stephen Cook.
22More Father’s DayCreate a “Daddy and Me” scrapbook with your child. Find favorite photos of your child and his father (or including other family members) and paste or tape them in a scrapbook or on construction paper. Then have your child write captions for each photo and decorate the pages.
17Zoo and Aquarium MonthIf there’s a zoo near you, make a family visit and be sure to read all the signs about each animal. Carefully point out the name of each animal so your child will know how it’s spelled.
18More Zoo and Aquarium MonthIf there’s no zoo in the area, visit the library and look at “Zoobooks Magazine” or encyclopedias to look up pictures and information about your child’s favorite animals. If you don’t know where to start, try giraffes, zebras, hippopotamuses, gorillas, and tigers.
19More Zoo and Aquarium MonthMake a visit to a local aquarium or pet store to look at different fish. Together, read the names of each fish and instructions on how to care for them.
20Ice Cream Soda DayLook up a recipe for ice cream sodas and make them together — perfect for a summer’s day. Read the ingredients and instructions together, and have your child help pick out the ingredients. Experiment with different flavors.
15First Day of SummerMake a list of your favorite summer activities, like going to the beach or the pool. What is your child most looking forward to this summer? Have him draw a picture of a summer day and then describe what’s happening.
16Summer ListTogether, write down all the “summer" words you and your child can think of, like “beach ball,” “sand,” “popsicles,” and “flip flops.” Have your child draw pictures of each item next to the word. You may need to answer his questions about what something looks like, or show an example.
23Sound WalkAs you walk in the neighborhood with your child you can play a fun sound game. Look for people and things with names that start with the same sound. Ask your child to close his eyes. Then tell him to open his eyes and name the first thing he sees- “A dog!” Say the sound that the letter “d” makes in the word dog.
24More Sound WalkWhat other things can we find that start with the same sound? Look for things like doors, dolls, donuts, and daddies. Give your child help by saying things like “There’s a truck. Does that start with the same sound as dog?”
25Guessing GameYou can sit on your steps outside and play a guessing game with your child. Notice something, but don’t look at directly at it. Give your child a clue and see if she can guess what you are thinking of. For example, “I am thinking of something with wheels. It is painted black and it makes a lot of noise.” After your child guesses “The neighbor’s car!” let her have a turn.
26Baseball DayMake plans to play baseball outside. Together, make a list of other children to invite. Then make another list of whatever rules you decide to play by (you can modify the regular rules). Decide on a time and place to play, and bring both lists with you.
27More Baseball DayFind the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and sit with your child, reading the lyrics out loud so you can both learn the words. Then sing the song together, following along with the lyrics.
28All Kinds of TreesChildren are curious about trees because they are so big. You can be scientists as you collect some information about a tree. You can measure a tree by stretching your arms around it. “Can you reach all the way around?” Feel the bark of the tree and use words like smooth, soft, rough, bumpy, and hard. Look at the leaves of the tree. Notice the veins. Ask your child to describe the leaf’s shape.
29More All Kinds of TreesCompare the shape to something familiar. “It looks like your hand with fingers.” Compare the bark and leaves from different trees.
30Another Kind of TreeGo to the library and check out “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. Read the story aloud outside underneath a tree. Your child wll probably want to read it again later!
PBS KIDS: Raising Readers