Most children enjoy playing with dirt, sand, mud, water, and other materials with different textures, sounds, and smells. Such play develops the senses. Ask your child questions about what he or she is doing? How does it feel? What does she smell? What sounds can he make? This will improve your child’s narrative and vocabulary skills.
–Tip by Keary Bramwell, Youth Collection Librarian
Singing helps children learn to follow directions. It is also a good way to learn new vocabulary because singing slows down the words, which makes them easier for your child to understand. Try singing along to this fun, monster themed story If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley.
–Tip by Mary Smith, Head of Youth Services
Choosing exciting books or songs that repeat words is an easy way to keep a child’s interest. In a favorite story with repeating words, your child will know to expect them and look forward to saying (or shouting) them with you!
–Tip by Amy M., Youth Programming Assistant
This book uses three traditional nursery rhymes and has fun with them. Nursery rhymes are fun to sing and say with your children. Even if children do not understand the meaning of all the words in the rhymes, hearing them is helping children develop phonological awareness, or the ability to play with parts of words.
–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant
The letters on the pages of books and on signs all around us form the words that we are saying when we read. Helping children understand this concept is a part of early literacy called print awareness. Hold books upside-down so children can learn to recognize the proper way to hold them. Also, trace your finger under some of the words as you read them.
–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison