Month: November 2017

Notes from Story Time Blog

Acting Out Stories

Play offers many enjoyable opportunities to develop language. The most critical aspect of play as it relates to language development is that children learn to think symbolically. They learn that one thing can represent another thing. It is this very kind of thinking that is used in language.

Have your child use his/her whole body to act out Pepito the Brave.  This will help your child internalize and understand what is happening in the story. This process will later help them understand what they read.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Singing is one way to help your child be ready to read. Children don’t care if you can’t carry a tune! Singing breaks down words into smaller parts and helps children hear the sounds that make up words. Singing can also help some children remember things better than just spoken word.

Stories and songs go great together! Try reading Giraffes Can’t Dance.  Then make up a silly song about it.  .

 

Reading and Rhyming

Reading rhyming books, such as Where’s Pup?, helps kids improve their oral language skills, which help them become readers.  Rhyming is a fun and easy thing to incorporate into your day.