If I asked, “What makes the Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice, 1984 such great books?”, most people would mention the well-developed characters, the vivid descriptions of the time and place or the fascinating storylines. Are these the core elements that make a story great? Is there a story behind every great story?
Children begin their journey into the world of literacy long before they step foot through the school gates and return home with their first “reader”. In fact, it is you, the parent, that is your child’s first teacher of reading. This does not mean becoming a Drill Sergeant and enforcing your 4 year old to write out lines or “drop and give you twenty” if they ‘read’ (sorry memorise) a flashcard incorrectly. But seriously, what does it mean to teach reading to a pre-school child?
According to Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research” but does this just refer to water play or pretend play?
No! WordPLAY, the ability to understand, use and play with language, more specifically vocabulary, will have a significant impact on your child’s success in school and in life.
In fact, as Stahl and Nagy (2006) report, the size of children’s vocabulary knowledge is strongly related to how well they will come to understand what they read.
We all know that reading books is important for our child but do we know why? If we truly understood the benefits of read alouds, would we change the way we read?
Little Birdie Book Boxes provide RichREADING activity cards in every box to accompany their carefully-selected, quality picture books. These cards provide a key focus for parents to think about when they are reading the book. These small changes in HOW you read will give your child an ‘educational edge’ and make your read alouds RICH and your child’s future RICH in opportunities. Here’s how: Continue reading “RichREADER, PoorREADER: Does how you read to your child really matter?”
‘She likes your high voice’ a friend of mine said to me once about his daughter. Yes, I am that person who talks in a sing-song voice when speaking to babies. I’ve heard this voice many times when I am talking to my baby while standing at the supermarket checkout, with people around me smiling (smirking?) and probably wondering why I sound so cringe-worthy.
We live in the middle of Brisbane City in a small Queenslander so my daughter’s first words so far have been quite ‘city-slickerish’. Light (ight); fan, (ffff); ball (ba_); and shoes (sooz) are some of her earliest and best words so far.
So the ‘nature-lover’ in me was delighted to see her pointing up at the moon the other night. Funnily enough, while she pointed to the moon, she unmistakably announced that it was a ‘ball’. This mistake made me laugh but I also found it fascinating to reflect upon first words and how language develops.