As many of you already know bluebonnets are the Texas state flower. Today, in Toddle Time, we had fun learning the Texas Bluebonnet song. If you were not able to attend, or would like to extend your experience, I have included resources below. The best time to see the bluebonnets is during the month of April, but you still might be able to find a few patches here or there.
1 Little, 2 little, 3 little bluebonnets.
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bluebonnets.
7 little, 8 little, 9 little bluebonnets.
10 little bluebonnets standing tall!
Parents often ask me what they can do to support language development. Of course, my immediate response is that they should read with their child. It does not matter if your child is an infant or a student in elementary school; they will greatly benefit from this one on one time.
The next thing that I recommend are wordless picture books. I understand that this idea may seem strange to you. So, I would like to explain why. Words are not the only way in which we communicate. Our world is filled with visual images and the ability to understand and communicate using a visual medium is an important pre-reading skill.
A lot of kids don't think they like poetry that is until, they listen to someone read a book that is funny. So, in honor of National Poetry Month, I would like to highlight two books that will tickle your funny bone.
Do you know that parents can request a library card for their child at any age?
“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.” - The Report of the National Commission on Reading
Getting a library card is easy and the first card is free!
Knowing how to communicate with your infant/toddler reduces stress for both parent and child.
Parent Resource Books
The Sea of Monsters / Rick Riordan
On Mysterious Monday, April 16, at 4 pm, there will be a caterpillar craft for kids, "What's a caterpillar craft?" You'll have to come and see. On Thursday, April 19, at 4 pm , we're making origami rabbits. Don't forget our new Family Story Time on Saturdays at 3 pm!
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Everyone has heard the phases, "terrible twos." While it is true that this age is associated with specific challenges, it is also the time when children begin to be more aware of their environment and they are in a stage of discovery.
You can support your child's learning by providing an interactive environment, in which they will be able to seek out the knowledge that they so desire. The book I have selected suggest activities that encourage play, exploration and discovery.
Concept books are not just for little kids for many reasons, but one of which is that many abc books have been created by some of the most talented photographers, artist and designers in the world. I chose the items below because each book has great appeal with children and they are visually creative.