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 27, 2014

 

One of my favorite memories from my childhood is of my dad reading The Night Before Christmas to me and my brother during the holiday season. Whenever I read the story now, I hear my dad’s voice saying the words, and because we read it so many times, I can recite much...

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...

December 9, 2014

 

Storytime today was a raucous and noisy affair, as it often is, but it was made more so by the inclusion of rhythm sticks into the mix. I had planned out a couple of activities to do with them and had one spontaneous activity - all of which turned out to be huge succe...

December 4, 2014

 

 

At this time of year, it is common to see trees decorated in bright lights, stores piled high with items in red, green, and gold, and malls are overflowing with both happy and harangued customers. However, holidays are celebrated less and less in educational settings...

November 28, 2014

 

This is the time of year where everyone is finding things for which to be thankful. Whether we have a lot of these things or very few, it is a time when positivity finds its way even into the darkest of corners. Storytime is a great way to inspire thankfulness among t...

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