February 13, 2015

 

 

A colleague of mine observed my Storytime last week, and if you haven’t had anyone do this for you, I highly recommend it! While it can be tough to hear things that aren’t perfect (I mean, as much as we strive to be perfect, there’s always something to improve, right...

February 2, 2015

 

A colleague of mine shared this interesting article with me, and I felt compelled to pass it on to all of you. It encourages the debate over whether screen time for toddlers is beneficial or detrimental. As Early Literacy professionals, we understand the need for dire...

January 26, 2015

 

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the idea of crossing the midline, or doing things with one hand (usually the dominant one) on the opposite side of the body. It’s not an element of Early Childhood Development with which I’m terribly familiar, so I decided to do so...

January 10, 2015

 

Have you ever noticed how young children seem to be constantly repeating themselves? They try to stand, fall down, and try again. They build puzzles and blocks in the same ways, testing their knowledge and skills and learning from their mistakes. During childhood (and...

December 29, 2014

 

The weather in Denver today is snowy and cold; the roads are icy, and most people have elected to stay in their homes rather than venture out into the world. That means that there are few people in the library now, which gives me time to reflect on the space we have i...

December 19, 2014

 

I just read an excellent study about the many benefits that singing provide in regards to Early Literacy. Pam Schiller, Ph.D. is the author of this study, and has written a plethora of materials for the Early Literacy Specialist. While her research is thorough and wel...

November 6, 2014

 

Movement is quickly becoming more of a chore than a desire in most American households. Television, busy schedules, and other responsibilities often limit the amount of time people have to take a walk or play outside. As we know from a plethora of sources, this sedent...

October 20, 2014

 

A coworker of mine passed along this article today, and I thought it would be valuable to share with all of you. It sheds light on the concept of talking with young children to build their awareness of words and their pre-literacy skills.  Many of us likely remember r...

October 6, 2014

Our storytimes often include songs like “Ram Sam Sam” and books like “Boom Snot Twitty,” both of which serve to improve language acquisition skills in young children but are made up of “nonsense” words.  “Even though these words might not make sense, they are building...

September 26, 2014

Picture books are teeming with amazing and not-often-used vocabulary!  Along with the many other benefits of reading with children, consider vocabulary building among them.  Picture books are wonderful because they include words that are not often used in everyday conv...

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