Getting ready to write

Learning to write is about a lot more than learning one’s letters and how to put them together into words. It’s also about¬†MUSCLES. Yes, you heard that right: I said MUSCLES. Young children need to develop the muscles needed to hold a crayon or pencil before they can write properly. Fine motor skills! Those little … Continue reading

Books with a Beat

Did you know that SINGING helps children develop the skills they need to read? No, REALLY. So even if you don’t think you can carry a tune in a basket, you should SING with your kids often – young children are not at all judgemental about your singing ability (it’s when they get to be … Continue reading

What Kids Learn about Reading and Writing

When kids learn to read and write, it’s not just about putting letters together and forming words. Kids need to learn three things about reading to be successful readers: HOW WE READ AND WRITE:¬†This is learning the “code” of reading and writing: the letters, what sounds they make, how to put them together to sound … Continue reading

Puppets! An Early Literacy Tool

I love puppets. I am fortunate enough to have a nice collection of puppets to use in my children’s librarian work, and the kids I get to share them with really enjoy interacting with them. Puppets are a GREAT early literacy skills builder: In my experience, children often interact with puppets in a different way … Continue reading

Why I’m Passionate about Early Literacy

Pretty sure this video, from the Ounce of Prevention Fund, explains why I’m passionate about this read aloud revolution. Early childhood education, as well as educating parents about the importance of the first five years of a child’s life, changes lives, especially the lives of children living in poverty. THIS is how we will break … Continue reading

Fill ‘er Up!

Over the past couple of weekends I’ve been training, with a colleague, future library volunteers on how to perform a successful storytime. Included in that training is some basic early literacy information, so that volunteers will understand the importance of what they’re doing and what children are getting out of it (and why we do … Continue reading

Every Child Ready to Read

READ. TALK. SING. WRITE. PLAY. 5 little words that pack a BIG punch when it comes to early literacy learning. These are the 5 practices that the Every Child Ready to Read curriculum recommends parents engage in with their young children in order to encourage early literacy skills learning. When I present early literacy information … Continue reading