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...

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 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 15, 2014

 

 

 

We do lots of activities for kids in our Storytimes - why not provide an activity for the caregivers, too? A great way to encourage Early Literacy at home (that is also fun!) is to create a “Tip Jar.” This is an activity that can include both child and caregiver, an...

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 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...

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