Young children love to hear the same stories over and over again. In addition to enjoying the stories and illustrations, research suggests that re-reading stories can also help children to learn new vocabulary. Choosing books that are interesting, engaging, and fun to re-read are keys to supporting children’s learning. While there are many to choose from, we are sharing a few of our favorites.
Earlier this year, the California Departments of Social Services and Public Health initiated a statewide safe sleep awareness campaign (PIN 19-02-CCP) to prevent sleep-related infant fatalities. The goal is to build on existing child health and development networks to leverage and expand resources available to infant caregivers to eliminate preventable deaths.
A lot of early math skills can be taught to our youngest learners through everyday play and interactions. By drawing children’s attention to numbers, shapes, and patterns throughout the day, children will begin to develop an understanding of early math skills and concepts. To get started, we are sharing videos from Zero to Three with tips and ideas.
Because knowledge about the importance of the infant and toddler years is not widely understood, new parents are often left without support to get children off to a strong start. Talk the Tot, a new initiative from Children Now, seeks to change that. Launched last week, Talk the Tot is in the early phases of its campaign and will continue to work to gather support from the public and lawmakers in coming weeks.
Young children love engaging with their caregivers! Simple, interactive games and activities make this even more enjoyable, especially for infants who are less mobile, since they can be played while spending time in their caregiver’s arms, lying on their backs, or practicing tummy time. In addition to being fun, these activities create opportunities to help young children learn new skills.
With growing diversity in our communities and early learning programs, it is not uncommon for educators and caregivers to work with families teaching infants to learn more than one language at a time. But, how easy is it for children to simultaneously learn two languages and what are the benefits or potential downsides? Research has shown that infants are able to learn two languages better than adults can and early childhood is the best time to learn.
Infants and toddlers love to spend time reading books with their caregivers. Reading with infants is an all-in-one activity that develops early literacy skills, engages their observation and communication skills, and even exposes them to early math concepts. Books that emphasize shapes and geometric patterns give caregivers the opportunity to point out the shapes and patterns while they are reading.
Many parents, educators, and caregivers will notice infants’ specific fascination with the faces of other babies. A recent article from The New York Times shared a list of books that infants will love, as they feature a variety of illustrations and drawings of other babies! Sharing books with infants on the topic they find most interesting is a great way to engage their young minds in story time.
Children enjoy listening to books that use rhyming language! Rhyming stories include fun, rhythmic language and are read in a sing-song style that make these books engaging while also helping children develop skills in language and early literacy. As children listen to books with rhyme, they are learning about similarities of sounds in spoken words.
While diversity is an important topic to talk about in early childhood, it can sometimes be hard to find a way to introduce these topics to children. If you are looking for a way to start the conversation, a book can be a great opportunity. Stories are easy ways to create moments to talk to children about the importance of accepting themselves and their peers for all of our similarities and differences.