Can screen time be story time? Yes! Used appropriately, technology can be just as effective as reading a print book. Apps and e-books, also known as digital media, offer the same benefits. We know the importance of reading to children beginning at birth. Digital media offers parents and care givers access to an online library of hundreds of books.
American Sign Language or ASL is a great way to “talk” to your baby and for baby to talk to you. Babies are able to recognize words and meanings long before they can form words. For instance, they learn to wave bye bye before they can say bye bye. So using sign language to communicate makes a lot of sense.
Did you know that using sign language helps children learn to speak sooner? Continue reading
If you have attended story time recently you may have noticed the addition of a screen and iPad in the Story Time Room. It makes sense that we have added technology – libraries provide access to information and in this digital age that means through the use of technology, computers and other devices. Continue reading
It’s the time of year for gift giving. And isn’t true that little ones like the box the gift came in more than the gift itself. Turns out that is a good thing. Playing with an empty cardboard box increases a child’s spatial awareness, imagination and offers a sense of empowerment. Continue reading
Time for bed. You’re ready, little one is not. Establishing an evening routine will make the transition to bedtime a lot easier for both of you. I think the best bedtime routine includes reading a book or two, but that’s up to you.
This week it’s all about THINGS THAT GO! With that in mind, I thought I would mention car seat safety and how important it is to keep little ones safe and secure. Kids Safe offers some fabulous tips and resources about car safety.
If you would like professional advice about your child’s car seat the Novi Fire Department provides free child car seat safety checks and installations, seven days a week by appointment only. It’s a good idea to have a certified and licensed Child Passenger Safety Technicians provide the most updated information and a free check of your child seat.
We are having lots of fun learning about cars and trains, boats and planes, diggers and bulldozers. Green means go, red means stop, and yellow means go very, very, slow. And don’t forget to buckle up — it’s what you gotta do, cause it’s the rule.
Next week – Thanksgiving Week – there will be no story time. We will start again the week of November 28th. See you in the Story Time Room.
Babies and toddlers use their senses, touch, sight, smell, taste and sound, to learn and interact with the world around them. Sensory play is a great way to keep baby busy and learning all at the same time.
So what is sensory play? Continue reading