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Early Childhood Education: Getting off to a Good Start!

Deborah Sharp Libby
During the first eight years of life, children learn at a remarkable rate. It is a time when critical cognitive, social/emotional and motor skills develop laying the foundation for future learning success in school. Read all ►

Talk To Your Toddler and Support Their Language Development

Deborah Sharp Libby
Language skills in young children develop at an amazing rate and parents can play an important role if they do the right things. Make time to talk with your child daily by using constant verbal interaction which builds vocabulary, fosters communication skills and supports early language acquisition. Read all ►

Supporting Struggling or Reluctant Readers

Deborah Sharp Libby
For some children learning to read proves to be especially difficult and they are reluctant to read. In this situation, our goal as parents is to help our struggling or reluctant readers view reading as an enjoyable experience. How do we achieve this goal? Ultimately, we need to immerse our children in daily reading experiences and support their growth and development as readers. Read all ►

Wintertime Classics – Great Books for Kids – Part 2

Deborah Sharp Libby
Foster your child’s interest in reading through “shared book” experiences. Shared book experiences are an interactive time when children sit and enjoy a good book with an adult. During this experience children are encouraged to join in and talk about the story, pointing to illustrations and words, reading along or simply repeating well‐known words or phrases. Reading stories aloud with your child is important to foster your child’s interest and love of reading all while exposing them to important concepts of print such as reading from left to right and building their knowledge of letters and words. When you read the same book to your child multiple times, you’re exposing them to great literature and encouraging independent reading. Check out these books that you can both read over and over again. Read all ►

Wintertime Classics – Great Books for Kids – Part 1

Deborah Sharp Libby
It is a great time of year to enjoy a good book. Library and bookstore shelves are filled with wonderful titles. Enjoying books, listening to stories, and singing or saying favorite nursery rhymes all support language and literacy development. Children enjoy reading great stories with their families and daily reading helps develop children’s interest in books and love for reading. Check out some of these wintertime classics for a way to spend a cold winter day with your little ones! Read all ►

"Tis the Season!" Grab A Hot Chocolate And Curl Up With A Good Book!

Deborah Sharp Libby
Now that the temperatures are dropping, it’s a great time to grab a hot chocolate and curl up with a good book. Reading with your child introduces important literacy concepts and helps build children’s understanding of story. Specifically, regular reading experiences expose children to important concepts of print such as reading from left to right, from top to the bottom of a page and from the front to the back of a book. In addition, reading great children’s literature supports print awareness helping children attend to letters, beginning sounds, words and learn that the printed word carries meaning. Read all ►
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