"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel

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Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

Every Wednesday is Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young!

Every Thursday is Literacy Tip Day, where I offer literacy suggestions for your children based upon my teaching and parenting experience.



Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

21 May 2010

Literacy Tip #5 - Respect Your Emergent Reader


**This post is a day late, and I apologize! I have been scrapbooking like crazy over the past couple of days, completing two very important projects.  (That, in addition to being a mommy to four children!)  Anyway, I am happy to say that my two scrapbooks are finished!! So here is yesterday's post!**

Remember the last time you saw your toddler or preschooler sit down with a book and proceed to study the illustrations and describe them aloud?

Did you know that your child was actually reading?

Early literacy, also called emergent literacy, begins the moment you share that first book with your child.  Little by little, your child begins to piece together the patchwork of reading, and each step in the process is equally valuable and essential.  As your child learns that the printed word carries a message, he or she naturally wants to explore all aspects of reading! This early desire is a crucial building block of the literacy process and will unfold throughout every minute your child spends with a book.  Besides providing access to plenty of books and regularly reading aloud your child, your most important job at this point is to help him or her feel confident when reading. 

**For clarification purposes, emergent literacy refers to children from birth through about age six.**

So...how can you help build your emergent reader's confidence?

You naturally know how to help your child grow in other areas of life, and you most likely are doing a fantastic job in this realm as well!! However, these few suggestions may simply boost what you are already doing.
  • Respect your emergent reader.  This means allowing your child to freely read aloud picture books at his or her own pace using his or her own words.  Resist the urge to correct your child - he or she needs no correction at this point! The only time I would advise intervening here would be if your child was holding the book upside-down.  Gently show by example how to hold the book properly.
  • Praise your child for reading! Tell your child how nice his or her voice sounds, how carefully he or she turns pages, or how much you enjoy listening to him or her read.
  • Ask questions about the books your child reads.  By showing interest in the story your child chooses, he or she feels validated and worthwhile about his or her reading choice.
  • Resist any and all urges to refer to an emergent reader as "pretending" to read.  This completely undermines the effort and work your child is putting into the literacy process.  Early stages of reading are defined by general knowledge and understanding of books and stories, rather than correct pronunciation, alphabet / word recognition, or phonics.

Your emergent reader will delight you with his or her natural eagerness to learn, and you have the wonderful job of encouraging your child's innate thirst for knowledge.  Your child will thrive on your respect for their timetable of literacy growth. 

Enjoy the time with your emergent reader! 




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18 May 2010

Book Review #6

Mama Loves You
by Caroline Stutson
Illustrated by John Segal

"You're my star, my moon, my sun.  Mama loves you, Little one."

Mothers everywhere - be sure to pull out some tissues before reading this book to your children.  Delicate, whimsical illustrations take you and your sweet little one on a brief journey with animal mothers and their babies.  Sharing short, enduring, comforting sentiments of love on each page, babies and toddlers will find reassurance in this tender book of love between a mother and her child.  I recommend this book for infants and toddlers, especially before bedtime on Mommy or Daddy's lap!


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17 May 2010

What I Am Currently Reading...


This is my first link-up to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? at the blog, One Person's Journey Through a World of Books...I am so excited!

I have borrowed my father's habit of reading several books at one time! This drives my husband crazy, but I can't help it! I get so excited when I come across a new book, and I just can't wait to read it!!

On my reading docket right now:

One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and CraftFreefall (Tunnels)The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun


Books I am reading with my children this week:

Wabi SabiSouthA Child's Good Morning BookMy Parents Think I'm Sleeping (I Can Read Book 3)


This will be a great week of reading!! I can't wait to see what others have on their bookshelves ready to dust off and read!!

"The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age." - Benjamin Disraeli




16 May 2010

New Link Party I Discovered!!


I discovered a great new blog and link party yesterday at Kelly's Korner!! It's called "Show Us Your Life," and this week, it's all about sharing your favorite books with others!! Yea!! Totally my cup of tea...

Reading has always been a source of comfort and inspiration for me...in fact, I can (almost) say that I've never met a book I didn't like!! 

Here are a few of my favorites from when I was little:

RAMONA QUIMBY AGE 8

Superfudge

Little House in the Big Woods Book and Charm (Charming Classics)

The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)

Although I still prefer children's literature, here are some of my adult picks:

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

Man's Search for Meaning

Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh

I can't wait to go check out the other blogs in this link party! Happy reading!!




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