Today’s Literacy Fast Fact is all about block play! We know kids love playing and learning with blocks. Pair this one with the new title Blocks by Irene Dickson for a simple story with great diverse characters!
Today’s Fast Fact on the nitty gritty of early literacy is a great reminder for parents and stakeholders about what early literacy IS (being read to, singing, playing, etc) and what early literacy IS’NT: learning to read before it is developmentally appropriate.
Share this one with the next person who questions the value of your work!
We know how important it is to talk to babies, and we tell parents and grown-ups every day to talk to their babies. But did you know that babies learn to talk by watching our lips move?
WOW. How can you make sure your storytime families know about this?
Welcome to another installment of Advocacy Toolbox, where we share with you some great sites and information to keep in your toolbox and use when talking about the value of storytime and early literacy programming in libraries!
Today I’d like to share with you the Harvard Center on the the Developing Child, which supports research into early child development including the science of brain development and policy change. On their website, explore the science behind executive function and self-regulation, the benefits serve-and-return conversation, and the effects of toxic stress on early development.
I especially love their cool, short videos that can be easily shared with parents. Several are even available in Spanish! Here’s one on basic brain architecture and how early experiences help shape it:
This is powerful, but accessible, stuff, folks. Add it to your toolbox!
The Advocacy Toolbox is back! Check the main page often for new tools to add to your toolkit. We’re doing amazing work – and we’ve got the research to back it up!
You probably already knew what a great resource Zero to Three is. But did you know about their Baby Brain Map? Click on a baby’s age and you can see what exactly’s going on in the brain in different areas – like language, movement, social-emotional, and vision. Why is it important to talk to a baby? Because even at 6 months their brains are developing their language centers!
Simple parent tips are included too: “take a break yourself. If the infant is tired of doing too much, pick her up and have her rest on your lap. You might want to read a book out loud. She might not understand the words or pictures, but your voice, your words and what you are doing are “having an effect on the developing brain.””
Throw this resource in your toolbox to use whenever someone asks: why do we do storytime for babies? They can’t understand what you’re saying!
The more you know…. (yeah, you sang that in your head. I know you did).