I like to mention the idea of print awareness to my
storytime parents. Here's an early literacy tip I might use to bring it up:
"Parents, we are surrounded by print everywhere we go. In addition to the
reading you do together at home, you can point out print to your child wherever
you go--at the grocery store they can help you 'read' labels, you can read
menus at restaurants together, you can read recipes to your child when you bake
something, and you can point out street signs and road signs. This shows
One thing I hear from parents sometimes is that talking to their baby can feel awkward, especially to very young babies. I like to make sure I stress the importance of talking to babies in storytime so parents can feel more comfortable and empowered to keep talking to their baby! Here's an early literacy tip to help make that point: "Talking with your baby is a great way to help him build language skills. You can talk about everything! Narrate what you're doing throughout the day and repeat lots of simple words for objects you use often like 'bottle' or 'book' or 'ball'.
Welcome to week three of the developmental milestones series! We’ve examined milestones between the ages of 0 and 6 months, 7 and 12 months, and this week we’re looking at what happens between 13 and 18 months and how the Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) skills and practices can help to encourage and improve this process.