Notes from Story Time

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Talking Builds Vocabulary

Talking with your child, especially as you share books, is one of the best ways to develop vocabulary.  In Penguin Problems, there is a penguin who is very frustrated. Many books give you the opportunity to talk with your child about different feelings. Have them explain how they feel and what they think the character is feeling.

Make-Believe Play

One type of play is make-believe play. When children are engaging in imaginative play, ask them to tell you about what they are doing. This will help them practice telling stories, which builds narrative and vocabulary skills. When you have a conversation with them and add to their stories, you are enhancing those skills.

Rhyming Stories Build Memory

Singing is a fun and easy way to help children build language.  Rhyming stories and songs can enhance the brain’s memory capabilities. In Winter Is for Snow, the rhyming text has a pattern.  See if your child can recognize the rhyme and repeat the  pattern after a page or two!

Flip, Flap, Fly

Having your baby act out parts of a book is a good way to keep him/her engaged in reading.  Have your baby flap their arms as they pretend to be a bird or wiggle like a snake as you read aloud Flip, Flap, Fly by Phyllis Root.

Cheerios

Reading and writing go together. Writing helps children understand that print has meaning. The beginning of writing for very young children is learning how to use their hands and fingers so that later they will be able to hold crayons and pencils.

When your baby is old enough, encourage him or her to pick up cheerios.  This gives them practice with fine motor skills, and eye-hand coordination. These skills will come in handy when children begin to learn to hold a pencil!

Five Pets in the Window

From birth, babies play to learn about their world. Not only is playing with your baby a good bonding experience, but it is also one of the best ways for babies to learn language and literacy skills and build motor skills.

There are many fun counting rhymes.  Play a game with your baby’s stuffed animals by lining them up in a row. Take one animal away each time you say the rhyme.

 

Five Pets in the Window

Five pets in the window for the whole world to see.

Look, someone is coming, who says,

“You’re the perfect pet for me.

 

Wiggle Your Fingers

Language is in itself musical. When you sing and speak, your baby learns about words, language, and communication. Through your singing, baby’s language comprehension begins.

Your baby wiggling his fingers might seem like a trivial thing, but he’s actually gaining more control over his muscles. “Where is Thumbkin” is a classic tune that focuses on one finger at a time.

 

Who Said Moo?

Talking to your child from birth is crucial to their development of language. As you read Who Said Moo? , talk to your child about what they see in the picture. Ask them questions about the story, such as, “What does a cow say?” Children learn more if story sharing is an interactive process.

Wheels on the Bus

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are five simple practices that will help your child get ready to read! Driving in the car is a great time to sing to your baby. Try singing Wheels on the Bus as you drive—you can make up new or different verses each time. Your baby will just like to hear the sound of your voice.

My Name Is . . . .

Writing helps build early literacy skills. Writing starts as scribbles by children. This then develops into letters, words, and sentences. When children are learning to write, the first letter they usually remember is the first letter in their name. Practicing this letter as well as their name and other words that start with this letter will help them learn new words and how to write them.