Am reminded of the famous "Jaws "movie quote, "You're gonna need a bigger boat ! ". When it comes to developing oral language, reading, and writing skills, you not only need a better boat, you need a bigger ocean. Read on as my guest blogger, Speech and Language Therapist, Catherine Campbell, explains what you can do to help your child learn at school.
Guest blogger Mary Butler explains her library's pilot project. 1000 Books Before School’s Vision is to create a “we read aloud to our children from birth” community culture in the Motueka Library District. 1000 Books Before School is the result of a simple idea: The amount of reading, talking and singing you do with your children matters.
Remember that first time you found a book that you couldn't put down? This magic in books doesn't occur naturally with many children. Read here for simple tips such as how to set up family reading traditions and encourage reluctant readers to not only participate but to discover the magic of books.
Using props, whether new, secondhand finds, or homemade is a fun and easy way to engage young readers during reading. This strategy enables the adult to engage readers with all different levels of abilities.
A brief introduction to a book that should be required reading for all parents and grandparents. Conversations we have with infants build their brains. Find out more in my blog, "Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain" is an excellent book.
There is a hierarchy of question development when we look at language milestones in children. Being aware of the order in which children understand questions and learn to ask questions of their own will help you learn how to engage your child and promote learning.
Learn about this easy strategy for building vocabulary with young children while sharing a story. Encourage more language and interactions with preschoolers and school age children as well using this simple technique.
This blog highlights my second book Kate and Caboodle in a Splendidly Blended Tale and another follow up activity for young children. More benefits for hands on activities are discussed in this article.
Children's book author, Jerri J. Pirc, shares a follow-up activity for young children to use with her book Kate and Caboodle. This fun and tactile follow-up activity demonstrates one way to engage young children and increase pre-literacy skills and development.