• Play games such as "Simon Says" and "Mother, May I?" that require children to listen carefully

• Give children opportunities to build their knowledge by exploring their interests and ideas

• Help children learn the meanings of new words by naming colors, shapes, animals, familiar objects, and parts of the classroom

• Teach about the sounds of spoken language by reading aloud books with interesting sounds, chanting, and rhyming; by having children say or sing nursery rhymes and songs; and by playing word games

• Teach children about print by pointing out and using the print that is all around them

• Teach the letters of the alphabet

• Encourage children to scribble, draw, and try to write

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