Archive | Early Literacy

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The Tiniest, BIG Literacy Lesson

She looked at the card, then at her mother, then at me. I had given my business card to a woman with a small, less than 2-year-old child outside of the hotel where the Literacy Research Association was celebrating its yearly awards for those individuals making lifelong contributions in support of literacy. My business card […]

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The Biggest Question is WHY?

Nancy was in her sister’s kitchen chatting with Kerri as she prepared a ham for cooking. Kerri put the ham in a large roasting pan and Nancy interjected, “Don’t forget to cut the ends off.” Kerri replied, “Oh right. When we were kids mom always cut the ends off.” They looked at each other and […]

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Conversation Starters…for Babies

“So, how are things with you?” “How’s the fam?” “‘Wazup?” These questions are typical conversation starters between adults. They are first serves in a casual game that invites a pleasant return interaction. They indicate we care about hearing what another person wishes to share. And as we make our way through each day conversing with others, our family’s or job site’s or […]

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Only 60 percent? Surely, not!

I recently reviewed the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (2014) and was struck by the many interesting statistics shared through this well-designed survey about book reading by children and families. For example, 60 percent of the more than 2500 parents surveyed said they received the advice from someone that reading books to children from birth […]

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Who REALLY Needs Diverse Books, Anyway?

I came across an article in the Pacific Standard magazine recently that got me thinking about what diversity in children’s books really means. It was authored by Noah Berlatsky, a somewhat controversial writer and cartoon editor. In it he says, “Diverse kids’ literature gives children of color a chance to see themselves as heroes, which is vital. […]

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The Big Alarm Clock for Little Ones

Have you seen the new cute little alarm clocks for babies, toddlers and preschoolers? No. No you haven’t. I hope you never will. If not interrupted by a full diaper or falling out of bed, small children will wake up when they are finished with their sleeping. They know when they are ready. Upon waking children immediately […]

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Break the silence…for a child’s sake

I work from home. I spend my days accompanied mostly by snores from two large dogs and a periodic walk-by purr from a very small cat. It’s peaceful and quiet here. Today I’m thinking it’s too quiet. The exercisers who go by my window are typically alone, as are the young parents pushing strollers. Walkers and […]

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Piecing Together Forever Learning

“Remember that time in 8th-grade science class when Mr. Oetting blew into the pig’s lungs?” “Oh, man! I haven’t thought about that in years. Yes! That was so cool!” Has this ever happened to you? Have you suddenly remembered something that one would think would be unforgettable? Something that once seemed really important or interesting? […]