Play is widely acknowledged as the true work of a child, but how can we honor that in our busy lives?
Reading and writing go hand in hand. If a child is able to develop motor skills, has access to plenty of books and can scribble as soon as they can hold a large crayon, they are on their way to reading readiness.
Singing to young children is critical. The development of phonological awareness, or the ability to hear and manipulate the smaller words in sounds, will help a child become ready to read. Song also has the power to soothe, connect and refocus. Caring adults everywhere need not be a pop star or choral genius. Even the […]
Talking is one of five activities you can incorporate into your daily routine to help your child get ready to read.
Last week, a teenager walked into the Library and asked me for books that would teach their three year-old sibling to read. Apparently, the summer project they had been charged with included getting that kid to read. I raised my right eyebrow, as I do, and said, “Let’s go for a walk.” We talked about […]
Narrative skills is the ability to describe things, talk about events and tell stories. A very useful (and entertaining) way to encourage the development and use of narrative skills is through the use of wordless picture books.
Research shows that sharing picture books with young children encourages the development of early literacy and language skills.
April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate with your young child!
Print awareness refers to a child’s understanding of the nature and uses of print. There are many ways to encourage the development of this early literacy skill in your young child.
Why are fine motor skills so important for learning to read, and how can we help young children to develop strong fine motor abilities?