As you watch your baby grow and develop, you’ll recognize they are constantly making new connections. They are able to connect pictures they see to physical objects in their world. At Rainbow Childcare Center, we are using photo cards to promote and improve your child’s emergent literacy skills. Each photo card has an image and the word. Rainbow photo cards are designed to help your child make connections between words they read, the images they see, and the physical objects in their world. For infants, photo cards help their brain connect the images they see in pictures to the objects they see and hear about in their everyday lives. We combine photo cards with hands-on classroom activities that engage your child’s senses, so they have the best possible chance for success as an early reader.
How can you practice with photos at home?
Family Picture Stories: Take photos (or use pictures you already have) of family members. Using mailing labels or paper and glue, write the family vocabulary word that corresponds to the picture (mom, dad, aunt, brother, grandma). Using people/places/objects from a child’s everyday life helps them develop meaningful connections to the words they are reading. Read the book you created with your child and have your child explore the pictures with their hands.
Play “Where is it?”: Sit across from your baby. Show your baby an object such as a stuffed giraffe. Give the infant a minute or two to explore the object. Next, cover the object with the blanket and say “Where did the giraffe go?” Pull the blanket away and say, “There it is! There is the giraffe!” If you keep playing this game with your baby, the connection grows stronger. Eventually they will recognize the object is under the blanket, and they will pull it away themselves. This game incorporates hearing, sight, and touch making it a great game for babies.