Month: June 2017

Notes from Story Time Blog

No Screens Before Bedtime

Digital literacy is the ability to understand, evaluate, and use information when it is presented by a computer, tablet, or other digital media. With so much technology present in our daily lives, we want to provide information to help navigate the world of technology with your child.  Screens should be turned off at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Exposure to the bright light of a screen can increase alertness. Bright light at night can also disrupt the body’s naturally occurring circadian (or daily) rhythms by suppressing the release of the hormone melatonin, which is important for maintaining and regulating our sleep-wake cycle.

One Hot Summer Day

Play is critical for the development of imagination and creative problem-solving skills. Children love to climb, run, and jump. Getting outside in the summer gives kids the opportunity to use their large motor skills and their imaginations.The children in One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews participate in many examples of outdoor play. Use these adventurous characters as inspiration to get outdoors this summer and have some fun.

Ping! Bang! Tap!

Helping your child understand that words have a rhythm and can be broken down into syllables will help your child later when he/she is sounding out words while learning to read.  As you read Roadwork by Sally Sutton with your child, clap along to the sound words such as “Ping! Bang! Tap!”

Sign Me a Story

Children need to develop fine motor skills in their fingers in order to control a pencil or crayon to draw or write. Teach your child a few words in American Sign Language using the book So Many Feelings.  This is a way for children to communicate with their hands. Not only will this help children practice fine motor control, but it gives them another way to express themselves.