Cortland Area
Communities That Care

33-35 Central Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045

Phone: (607) 299-4910

Matt Whitman
Coalition Director

Charley Rawlings
Project Manager

Claudia Kolts
Design Assistant

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Your child was born ready to learn, so make each moment count. We want to encourage you to play, talk, sing, and read with your child as often as possible, but we know you’re busy. These activities are simple brain boosters that make the most of the things you’re already doing.

  • Interacting with your child to make every day tasks in to fun learning activities helps grow your bond with your child.

  • Your child will grow in creativity and knowledge. They may start creating their own activities to make mundane tasks more fun.

  • Building learning into their every day lives helps children prepare for school where they will be stimulated by lots of new information.

  • Many of the activities require your child to talk back and forth with you and teaches them how to have conversations with others.

  • Activities that ask the child to look around them for certain colors, letter, numbers, or words help encourage children to be mindful of the world around them. This is important as children enter school and need to become more independent. They will need to be aware of their teachers, other classmates, and announcements being made throughout the school day.

 

Ultimately, our activities are meant to help your child develop focus, self control, problem solving skills, and knowledge they’ll use to succeed in school. 

Doing the dishes?

While you put away the clean dishes, hold each one up and ask your child to, "Name that dish!" Plate! Bowl! Fork! And so on.

Putting away groceries?

Have your child help you count how many of each item you have.

Doing laundry?

Hold up solid colored clothing and tell your baby what color it is and what it is.

Folding laundry?

Have your child help by sorting and matching socks by color.

Grocery shopping?

As you shop, let your child help by holding some of the items. Choose the items by color or let them point to the one they want to hold and name the color.

Grocery shopping?

As you go shopping, point out some of your favorite foods to your child and see if they like them: "I love yogurt, do you?"

At the doctor's office?

If there aren't many other people in the waiting room, you can play a game with your child. When you say "Head," they should touch their head.

At the doctor's office?

Read a book to your child or look at a magazine and talk about the pictures.

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