Libraries and other cultural institutions offer a wide variety of learning materials–not just books.
When adults share their own stories with children, connections are built between people and literacy learning is nurtured.
When children have their own books kept on a special shelf, they learn that books are valuable treasures.
Even if a book that a child wants to read over and over is not considered great literature, it can be a powerful influence on that child’s literacy growth and development of loving books.
Hey! Where’s the staple regrabber!?
“Sign language” can be a tool to help children learn to read.
As a child in Iowa, there were no racial minorities in my neighborhood and the values and family practices discussed in the school books were utterly White American. That didn’t mean that I was the middle of anything.
The need for connection with book ideas and the relief and thrill they can bring, is powerful these days, more than ever.
It’s never too early to begin reading to and talking with a child. Language and communication skills are acquired from birth. Read on.