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Help My Child to Read: What is Emergent Literacy?

Emergent literacy is a general term used to describe the behaviors, skills, and knowledge that are present BEFORE children can read by themselves. Since the development of reading is complex, experts often describe its development as happening in...

5 Preschool Books for Spring with Reading Tips and Extension Activities

  5 Preschool Books for Spring with Reading Tips and Extension Activities The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle What’s It About: This 26 page board book classic is about a very hungry caterpillar who eats a lot of food in preparation for his...

Help My Child to Read Series: What’s the Alphabetic Principle?

Help My Child Read Series: What’s the Alphabetic Principle? Photo Credit: dmelchordiaz A few months ago, I wrote a post entitled, The Matthew Effect and Literacy – What’s the Connection? In it, I explained how the phrase, “the rich get...

Halloween Books for Speech Therapy – My Favorites

Books provide a meaningful way to teach various concepts. This is why I love using books during my speech therapy sessions. In this post, I’m sharing some of my favorite Halloween themed picture books. I'm also giving one or two reasons why, as a...

The Matthew Effect and Literacy – What’s the Connection?

The Matthew Effect and Literacy – What’s the Connection? Ever hear the phrase: “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer?” Probably. Photo Credit: scottysauce  This popular phrase was coined in 1968 by an American sociologist...

A Great Dictionary for School-Age Children with Student Friendly Definitions

Have you ever looked up a word in a dictionary to discover that you still don't know what the word means? Unfortunately, this happens quite often - especially to young children. This is because most household dictionaries are primarily...

5 Summer Books for Preschool Language Development

 5 Summer Books for Preschool Language Development Photo Credit: John-Morgan Ahhhh… summer time. Time for sipping lemonade, swimming, eating watermelon, building sandcastles, watching fireworks, running through sprinklers…and of course -...

How to Read “Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you See?” to Get your Toddler Talking

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin and illustrated by Eric Carle is a classic children’s book. It’s predictable, rhythmic, colorful, and pretty….BASIC. Yup. It’s pretty basic. Plain and simple. It doesn’t...

How to Use Books to Improve Toddlers’ Communication Skills

How to Use Books to Improve Toddlers’ Communication Skills Last month, I happily contributed a fantastic article to the fine folks over at Pediastaff entitled, How to Use Books to Improve Toddlers' Communication Skills. If you are interested in...