May 29, 2015

Here's a tip to share with parents and caregivers about why we sing in storytime: "We sing a lot in storytime! We do this because the repetitive nature of songs helps children build memory, because it teachers your child new words, and because it's a fun bonding activi...

April 1, 2015

 

Today I did an imagination and play themed preschool storytime. Here's an early literacy tip I shared with parents to talk about the importance of play: "Imaginative play stimulates creativity and helps kids learn how to problem solve. Giving your preschooler unstruct...

March 26, 2015

 

Talking to parents about why we do what we do in storytime is so important. I like to share one of the reasons why we do action rhymes and fingerplays in storytime and how that relates to writing with this early literacy tip: "Building fine and gross motor skills is e...

February 25, 2015

Singing is a great way for kids to build vocabulary and learn more rare words. When we sing a nursery rhyme or song with lots of unfamiliar words in storytime like "Little Miss Muffet," or "Goosey, Goosey Gander," here's an early literacy tip you can share with caregi...

February 19, 2015

 

One early literacy reminder we can give in storytime is about reminding parents that it's great to let children pick their own books. I might say something like this: "To want to learn to read, kids have to love reading and be excited about it. One way to foster this...

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 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...

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