Mem Fox, author of Reading Magic, has said to parents, "Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud!" Having positive experiences with books is one of the first steps in a child’s life toward a love of reading. Learning becomes easy and natural when children are engaged and having fun.
Do you ever get tired of using the same words when there are so many great words to choose from in the English language? Here’s a fun game that you can play with your kids, friends, other family members, and co-workers. Choose a word of the day, and see how many times you can work it into a conversation. It has to be used correctly though. The most popular online dictionary, dictionary.com, makes it easy by offering a word of the day along with the definition.
I am one of those people who take pride in the fact that I have enough books to qualify as a small personal Library. I have been collecting books since I was a child, so I have reading material for every age. This collection of books is something that amazes my honorary nieces, and when we get together, I always end up reading for hours. I get immense joy out of seeing someone else enjoy the books that I loved so much as a child myself.
Early Literacy: What Kids Know About Reading and Writing Before They Know What Reading and Writing Is!
There are many definitions and theories about early literacy. My personal favorite is the one that says, early literacy is what kids know about reading and writing before they even know about reading and writing. I am sure you are asking yourself how anyone can know anything about anything before they even know what it is.
Celebrate early literacy on September 5th at our North Independence Branch as we welcome Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri's 5th district. Rep. Cleaver will join us for Read with a Rep Day at 1:30 p.m. and share books with children and their families. This program will give children the opportunity to meet an influential member of their community and show them that shared reading is an important foundation block to early literacy.
What do you think of when you hear that phrase? Some may think of reading together with picture books and talking about them. Some think of singing the ABCs. To others, it’s all about writing or drawing letters. While someone else may think it is making reading time playtime. These are all true. Early literacy is all about developing neural pathways, which all of those activities do, to help get your child ready for reading.