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...

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...

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...

September 4, 2014

I recently found a statistic about how many more rare words were in children's books then television or conversation. I thought it would be a great one to share with my parents in an early literacy tip. Here's a tip you could use to talk about the importance of reading...

July 17, 2014

This is a tip I can share in both baby and toddler storytimes: "Talking is a great way to help your child build vocabulary. Babies and toddlers can understand words before they can speak them, so talk to your child about everything, as often as you can. You will be ama...

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