Beginning at birth, talk with your baby about what you are doing. "OK, I’m going to put these warm fuzzy socks on your feet because it feels chilly in here." It may seem silly at first, but telling children what you are doing helps them put words with objects and activities.
If you can, try working music into everyday activities — picking up toys, setting the table or taking a bath. Make up songs that include children's names. “This is the way Sam puts on his coat, puts on his coat, puts on his coat...” Every time you read, talk, sing or rhyme with a child you are providing the early language experiences that lead to reading.
From the moment they are born, babies are preparing for when they will first hold a crayon, pencil, or pen. Doing songs with hand motions and even just squeezing on their favorite adult's finger help to strengthen the tiny muscles for writing one day.