Let Them Scribble: How Scribbling Promotes Literacy Development

“Mommy, mommy, mommy, look, look, it’s Dumbo!” she says while proudly showing me her latest masterpiece of colorful scribbles. Without waiting for my response she exclaims, “See the O?” She repeats “O, O, O” like a teacher instructing a class. It is a moment like this when I want to stop folding the laundry and […]

Vocabulary Development: Why is it good to re-read the same books to your children?

Vocabulary Development: Why is it good to re-read the same books to your children? They say, “Variety is the spice of life”, but according to research toddlers and preschoolers build their vocabularies faster when they are re-read the same book. Photo Credit: aaronmcintyre Dr. Jessica Horst from University of Sussex’s WORD Lab performed an experiment […]

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 stages or intervals. There are pre-emergent readers, early emergent readers, and emergent readers. Children progress through these […]

5 Preschool Books for Spring with Reading Tips and Extension Activities

5 Preschool Books for Spring with Reading Tips and Extension Activities *Amazon affiliate links are included. The Very Hungry Caterpillarby 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 (or her) big transformation. Hate to give […]

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 richer and the poor get poorer” relate to literacy development. Early reading experiences are fundamental […]

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 speech language pathologist, I particularly like a book and why […]

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 named Robert Merton. At the time Merton was researching the reward system in science and discovered that more […]

7 Ways to Improve Your Preschooler’s Vocabulary through Conversation

Photo Credit: © 2006-2013 Pink Sherbet Photography 7 Ways to Improve Your Preschooler’s Vocabulary through Conversation Adults speak less to children whose oral language skills are under-developed. It’s the sad truth. Children who need language stimulation the most, get it the least. If I shared a few tips to stimulate your preschooler’s language and it wouldn’t […]

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