Notes from Story Time

Notes from Story Time Blog

Read It Again!

Has your child found a favorite book that you feel like you are reading over and over again? Keep reading! There is value to be found even in repeated sharing of a book– exposure to familiar words helps to build vocabulary.

Playtime

Allow your child time for free play. Provide a variety of toys and objects that are safe for babies, and let them direct how they want to play with the object. Even if it just looks like they are putting a toy in their mouth or knocking things over, they are learning!

Talking Parentese

If you have found yourself talking to your baby in a higher-pitched, sing-song voice, that’s actually a great thing!  We call this “parentese” and for babies from birth to about 9 months, this is a way to slow down language so they can listen longer and hear more words.  At any age, you can explain words, even though it might seem like baby doesn’t understand, they are processing what you say. The more times they hear words, the easier it is to understand and say those words.

Sing Your Favorites With Your Baby

Did you know there are many picture books in the Youth collection that feature familiar rhymes and songs that you can sing as you read? Think of a favorite one and ask for it at the Youth Services desk! We may have it available. Youth staff can also recommend other great titles for you to take home and enjoy together.

Reading Is Fun!

It’s easy to make reading with your child a positive and enjoyable experience; just follow your child’s lead! While it’s a good idea to add reading together as part of a daily routine, remember that it’s always okay to put a book down and come back to it later if your child does not seem to enjoy reading at that moment.

Clothesline Clues

By reading Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do with your child and pointing to some of the key words and pictures, you can demonstrate how the pictures correlate with the words. The final page asks a question which will generate dialogue with children.

Little Plane Learns to Write

In this story, Little Plane is learning how to write. During the story, there are a few activities you can do that will also help your child learn to write. Learning about writing is an important part of learning how to read.

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!