Apr 04

Fingerplays for All

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 11:40 AM by Christina Stuck

Before I do counting fingerplays during story time, I check to see if everyone has ten fingers. It seems like a small matter, but some children, like adults, don't have access to all their fingers. I mainly do it to draw attention to something we often take for granted: a complete, working body. I never have had anyone attend story time with missing or bandaged up fingers, but I want to share with you a tip I learned if there ever was. Beside, it is also a fun way to shake up counting fingerplays we frequently do: simply recommend the child to use his toes or his grown-up's fingers. A super easy way to include everyone the way he is!
Mar 24

Toddler Talking Tips

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 12:19 PM by Christina Stuck

Today, I'd like to share with you some tidbits about talking with toddlers and how toddlers develop their talking skills. Toddlers have spent a good time listening to a lot of words; now they are wanting to try them out. Help them with these few reminders:

  1. Practice holding a conversation with your toddler: start to talk about something and wait for him to respond. This not only shows him how to converse, but it shows that you care for what he says.
  2. Likewise, remember that toddlers lag between hearing and responding. Do not expect them to say something immediately back.
  3. Keep describing what is going on around you, especially in new environments. That is how your toddler will learn specialized words (if you don't have a book handy!). For example, if you are at the aquarium, make sure to point out the words on the little plates by the displays.
  4.  Toddlers speak in two or three word phrases and will begin to use plurals and pronouns.
  5. They can follow simple directions, so make sure to do a lot of action rhymes together.
  6. Toddlers use the words they hear a lot. For example, toddlers say "no" frequently. Ha-ha, is it a wonder why?


Feb 27

The Benefits of Singing

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 9:52 AM by Christina Stuck

The benefits of singing are many. When you think of singing in view of literacy, you should realize that you don't have to be a pitch perfect singer to help your child develop tools to learn to read! Singing in itself is a fun activity that helps show your child that words are made up of tiny syllables. Singing with actions help to lock into the innate need of physical movement kids have. They learn best kinetically. So tap into that and act out as you sing "London Bridge." As you sing this song, you can walk in a circle, stepping and tapping to the beat and acting out the motions.