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The Importance of Imaginative Play


2014 CLEL Conference

SAVE THE DATE for the 2014 CLEL Conference!

Sept 19, 2014 8:30-4:30

Lowry Conference Center
1061 Akron Way
Denver, CO 80230

$45 including lunch

Keynote speaker, Workshops, Networking, Fun and Prizes!


Early Literacy Tip - Read Everywhere!

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

Languages in Storytime


ECRR and Developmental Milestones Series Part Five: 2-3 years

I hope you’ve all been enjoying my blogs on developmental milestones in children ages three and under these past several weeks.

Early Literacy Tip - Talking with Babies

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'.

ECRR and Developmental Milestones Series Part Three: 13-18 Months

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.

ECRR and Developmental Milestones Series Part Two: 7-12 Months

Last week, I began a series on developmental milestones in children at various stages between birth and age three.  I started with 0-6 months, and continue this week with 7-12 months.

Early Literacy Tip - Babies and Motor Skills

We use shaker eggs every week in baby storytime, and for a lot of babies, it's their favorite part of storytime.