I have been in the field of early childhood education for twenty years. I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Phi Kappa Phi.
I have a strong belief that exposing children to language and literacy at an early age will enhance their ability to become better students in school. It is my mission to expose parents and teachers to valuable early childhood activities in the hope of enriching the lives of as many children as I can.
Peace, Blessings, and Happy Reading,
There are so many good quality books for babies that it is hard to choose my top 10 - I have at least 100 favorite baby books!!! But for the sake of your sanity (and mine), I'll only list my top 20! Here are numbers 1-10, in no particular order (it was hard enough to narrow down my choices! I wouldn't dare begin to rank them!)
Too often, people think that children will learn to read when they go to school. However, the process of learning to read, begins at birth. This doesn't mean that parents should rush out and buy flashcards and expensive reading programs! The journey towards becoming a reader is as close as your local bookstore or library! Reading to your baby has many advantages:
It is a bonding experience between the adult and the child.
A baby's brain is still developing; reading significantly stimulates this brain development.
Infants learn to listen to and comprehend language.
Reading exposes children to new vocabulary and concepts.
Babies learn literacy fundamentals such as: associating pictures with words, turning pages in a book, holding a book the "right" way, etc.
Infants begin to learn the significance of various tones of voice when parents read with expression.
Attention span, listening skills, and memory are increased.
Children are exposed to literacy concepts such as rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.
Babies are more likely to grow up with a love of reading; studies show that children who enjoy reading are more likely to experience future academic success.
Children's knowledge of the world around them is increased when parents and teachers choose books that include relevant text and engaging illustrations.
A wonderful quality about preschoolers is their love to just DO something. When making art projects, they're happy just squirting glue or cutting paper. They don't need a fancy final product.
If your child can use scissors by himself, supply him with different types of paper. Magazine pages, junk mail, a finished coloring book, empty tea boxes (thick cardboard, such as cereal boxes can be hard to cut, look for thinner boxes). Place a paper bag on the floor next to the table where he's cutting. He can put the cut pieces into the bag for recycling.
If your child is just learning how to cut, sit with him and hold the paper while he cuts. He may need to hold the scissors in both hands in order to cut.
Have a no project art project morning and enjoy.
Marcia Maynard is a certified reading specialist and early childhood educator. She is the mother of two boys and blogs about preschool activities athttp://www.readandraise.com.
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