Why are good speech and language skills important for children at school?

What does “language” even mean? What is it? Well, it can be tricky to define because language is actually a lot of things! But, for the purpose of this post let’s say that language is a form of effective social communication. According to the Raising Children’s Network, language skills support your child’s ability to communicate, and express and understand feelings. It also supports thinking and problem-solving, and developing and maintaining relationships. Learning to understand, use and enjoy language is the critical first step in literacy, and the basis for learning to read and write. Continue reading “Why are good speech and language skills important for children at school?”

Why are children’s picture books always about animals?

Anyone remember the family the ‘Berenstain Bears’ or perhaps you were more of a ‘Winnie the Pooh’ fan? No matter which childhood books you were into, I guarantee that they all featured endearing animal characters with human-like qualities. There’s ‘Pooh’, the ‘Bear of Little Brain’ or the walking, talking Berenstain Bear family who learn human lessons like ‘counting your blessings’ or ‘stranger danger’. This phenomenon of giving human characteristics to animals is known as ‘anthropomorphology’ and is a commonly used device in the world of children’s literature. So why do authors use these furry friends to engage little readers?

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