Last week in storytime classes, we talked about the importance of playing for kids and how it ties into their future as readers, and also how important new words and vocabulary can be.
- We can use the shaker eggs to build up little baby arm muscles (which they'll use for writing later!). These shaker eggs also help the kids pay attention while we're zipping new words at them, like 'right' and 'left' and 'hide' and 'reveal'! - Miss Rory
- Keep books in a basket on the floor and with your child’s toys where they can grab them. It’ll become natural for them to turn to books for fun if they associate them with playtime. The more they enjoy, the more they’ll do it and the better the readers they will become. - Miss Shelley
- Books with a strong word/picture relationship are great for helping children make a connection between written and oral language. - Miss Lori
- Share language during everyday activities – describe what you see. Higher vocabulary means better readers. They’ll recognize more when they start to decode words. - Miss Shelley
- Stories really come alive when you read them AND act them out with dramatic play. It helps build reading comprehension. Before we read Walking Through the Jungle, let's all pretend we're exploring the jungle...first, we put on our hats, then our boots, then some bug spray, sunblock, and don't forget the binoculars! - Miss Heather
- Children learn best through play. When children play with words and sounds they are learning the building blocks of early literacy. - Miss Gennie
- Kids are easily overscheduled with homework and therapies. Make sure they have the time to unwind and play with you. It’ll give their brains time to process what they’ve learned and it’s just plain fun. Fun is important, too. - Miss Shelley
- Books with pictures and descriptions of everyday activities help kids learn new vocabulary words while connecting them to things they already know. - Miss Gennie
Next time you're at Lego Club or Barbie Club, play and build with your child. Let them direct the story while you describe and expand what they say with fun new words!