There are so many benefits to dancing to music! Children are learning body awareness, balance, and range of motion. To understand and mimic movements, children need to process visual and auditory cues. Large motor play is great for developing coordination…and it’s super fun! Scarves are a great way to make music and dancing even more fun! Use scarves or other props you have at home to make the music come alive for you and your children!
Notes from Story Time
Notes from Story Time Blog
There are so many ways that technology can help with learning how to read. It’s important to form a healthy relationship with the technology we use every day. A lot of picture books (such as How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?) have been turned into animated videos or audiobooks. These are a great way to help children hear the book as they follow along.
Coloring is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination needed for reading and writing. Talk to your child about their drawing and label some of the items in the picture. Point out the words to your child. This shows that printed letters stand for spoken words.
How to Dress a Dragon will engage your child with the character’s antics. As you read, talk about the order of the story. This will help your child understand that stories have a beginning, middle, and an end. This skill will assist your child later when he/she is learning to read.
Playing is an important way for your baby to learn. The most important ingredient in play is you. Your baby loves your attention, and playing is how he/she bonds with you. Books with flaps (such as Snowflake Baby) are a good way to combine playing and reading. It makes the book into a game, and children love it!