By Shannon Cannon

      For D week one time, we were talking about dairy foods, so I started taking foods out of the refrigerator and talking about which ones came from milk. While we were at it, we threw out anything that was growing hair, put the dairy foods in one section on the counter and the non-dairy foods in another. Then we washed out the fridge, the whole time my kids thinking that they were playing. By the time we were done my refrigerator was cleaned for the year and my kids knew about dairy foods.

      One benefit of organizing activities with your children according to a 'letter of the week' is that you can add in any activities, songs, stories, or foods that you can think of. If you know how to make donuts or dumplings, make them for part of your D week activities, if not, take them to Krispy Kreme (or however they spell it wrong) and let them watch someone else who knows how to make donuts. Everyone will know different songs and have different books; just use what you have and keep a file of ideas.

      D Week Activities:

      • Gather several different types of music (classical, rock, country, 50's, etc.), push back the furniture so you have lots of space, and dance to each one. Have the children move the way the music makes them feel. Have the video camera handy.

      • Take turns telling about a dream you remember; draw a picture of it or draw a picture of the best dream you can imagine (Caution: kids can get carried away on this one; dreams are in the same category as knock-knock jokes)

      • Find some simple dot-to-dots (use letters or numbers, depending on which they know best); then make up some of your own dot-to-dots for each other to try.

      • Teach the children about dental hygiene and then take turns pretending to be the dentist and the patient. Wear a big white shirt for a dentist's coat and use Popsicle sticks for the checkup. Have the patient open wide and be sure to make encouraging comments about their beautiful teeth.

      • Have a "Duck Day". Play "Duck, Duck, Goose", "Quack, Quack, Waddle, Waddle" (follow the leader doing a duck walk), make cookies in the shape of ducks, sing "5 Little Ducks", read "The Ugly Duckling", bob in the water for food (apples) like ducks do, have rubber duck races in the bath tub and then end the day by going to a park to feed the ducks.


Few things in life are more fun and rewarding than curling up on the couch with your kids and a good book. If you truly want your kids to learn to read well, then READ TO THEM EVERY DAY! There is no better way to teach your kids that reading is fun and interesting.
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