I Can Do It


Purpose: Help your child learn to follow directions, start an activity and finish it.

For this Activity you will need:

  • De la Cabeza a los Pies by Eric Carle


  1. Hold your child on your lap and show your child the book. Let him touch and hold the book.
  2. Begin reading the story.
  3. On each page, point to the pictures. Help your child do the actions on each page: clap like a seal, turn your head like a penguin and wave your arms like a monkey.
  4. Read the book often. As you child gets older, pause and let your child finish the line as your read. For example, start each page by saying, “I am a . . ” Pause, and let your child name the animal.


Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Read to your child as often as possible. Develop a routine of reading. For example, read to your child each night before bed.
  • Allow your child to make some decisions. For example, let your child choose the book to read or ask your child to pick from applesauce or an apple for a snack.
  • During everyday activities, ask: “Can you do it?” Encourage your child try new things: picking up toys, sweeping the floor, and getting dressed. Make these activities part of your child’s daily routine.

Background Information:

Support your child in the area of social & emotional development!

Social & emotional development involves:

  • Getting along with others.
  • Making and keeping friends.
  • Handling emotions.
  • Expressing oneself.
  • Following rules and routines.
  • Wanting to learn new things.
  • Starting and finishing an activity.
  • Taking responsibility for actions.


When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.

You can help your child’s social and emotional development, as well as his language and literacy skills, by doing these activities.

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