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Early Literacy Tip - Reading and Rare Words

I recently found a statistic about how many more rare words were in children's books then television or conversation. I thought it would be a great one to share with my parents in an early literacy tip. Here's a tip you could use to talk about the importance of reading and building a big vocabulary: "Studies have shown that children's books have 50% more rare words than are found in adult prime-time television or in the conversations of college graduates. Reading lots of picture books together will introduce your child to so many rich words and help them build a wonderful vocabulary!"

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Early Literacy Tip - Movement and Brain Function

We do lots of movement activities in all of our storytimes--for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Dancing, fingerplays, books that allow for movement, and more have always been a wonderful part of storytime. I think it's important to share with parents that we don't just do movement and activity because it's fun--it's also a critical part of brain development and helps children build brain connections! Here's an early literacy tip you could share in any storytime after you've read a fun movment story: "We do a lot of movement in storytime.

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Early Literacy Tip - Writing

I find I most often talk about the importance of writing and early literacy during the craft portion of storytime. That's when it feels the most natural to me. The other day, I shared this early literacy tip with parents as their children were working on their crafts: "It's a great idea to have children write their names on their artwork. This helps build hand-eye coordination, and helps children learn that writing represents words."

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