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 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 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...

November 1, 2014

It’s that time of year again when the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and more kids and families are looking for activities to get them out of their houses.  Storytime is a great activity for these families to enjoy, particularly because it is...

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 6, 2014

 

 

 

Music is one of the most prolific and internationally understood components of the the human experience.  No matter what language you happen to speak, music communicates with you and makes you feel various emotions.  Think about the music in movies and TV shows, for...

August 30, 2014

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...

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