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March 26, 2020

Establish a Daily Routine with Joint Book Reading

If joint book reading hasn’t been part of your daily routine with your children, now is a great time to establish that routine. Reading books together is a terrific way of connecting with your children and a proven way to establish a foundation of literacy. Tips for successful joint book reading Set a time everyday for book… Read more »

March 19, 2020

Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children

The National Education Association completed an online survey in 2007 asking teachers about their favorite books for children.  The resulting list of books forms a great resource of suggestions for knowing what books to reach for when sitting down to read to your child. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White Where the Wild Things Are by… Read more »

February 26, 2020

10 Reasons We Love Storytime

Public libraries offer many free and educational programs and activities for children such as crafting classes, music and movement, comic book making, novel making, puppet shows, reading and writing classes, and even classes on rug making and rock carving! Our personal favorite is storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschools. For parents and caregivers, we encourage… Read more »

January 28, 2020

Living with Dyslexia

According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is characterized by “difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction” (adopted… Read more »

January 9, 2020

Connection Between Spoken Language and Literacy

The experiences with talking and listening gained during the preschool years prepare children to learn to read and write during the early elementary school years. This means that children who enter school with weaker verbal abilities are much more likely to experience difficulties learning literacy skills than those who do not (Roth, Paul, & Pierotti, … Read more »

December 11, 2019

English Language Learners and the Road to Reading

Children who are English language learners (ELL) are at higher risk for having difficulty learning to read.  “When bilingual children’s vocabulary levels are too low in the language in which they are learning to read, these young learners will…encounter difficulties” (Uccelli & Páez, 2007).  Children who are learning English may need extra support as they… Read more »

October 7, 2019

The Development of Print Knowledge

Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop so do their speech and language skills. They learn to understand and use language to express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings to communicate with others.  During this stage of early speech and language development, children also learn skills that… Read more »

September 20, 2019

Connect With Your Child Through Joint Book Reading

Reading with your child is a great way to spend quality time while also improving his or her speech, language, and literacy skills.  Every time you read a book, even one you’ve read dozens of times, you can explore new concepts and experiences. Benefits of joint book reading When you read to your child, you… Read more »

March 13, 2019

Don’t Forget the Books

In an age where every toddler knows how to navigate an iPhone, we must not forget the importance of real, hands-on books. Before children can even read, they are chewing on books, throwing books, and flipping quickly through the pages like there’s a prize at the end. Additionally, many adults have happy childhood memories that… Read more »

February 26, 2019

Raising a Reader

How do you raise a child to be an enthusiastic and consistent reader? TV, videogames, computers, and other modern distractions sometimes make it difficult for children to focus on reading. Still, there are many things that parents can do to help motivate a child to read. How to raise a reader Try out all of these suggestions… Read more »

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