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Music May Help Develop Pre-Literacy Skills

November 24,2019

Did you know that several research studies have shown that music may help children develop important pre-literacy skills? A longitudinal study of school-age children found that those who can tap a regular rhythm were more aware of the sound structure of words (phonological awareness).  Other studies have found that children who had regular music instruction performed better on pre-reading assessments than those who did not, and that children who were taught pre-reading skills using music performed better than those taught these skills without music.

One easy way to incorporate music into your child’s life is to sing. Whether you sing a lullaby at nighttime, or the family sings a camp song on a road trip, you will be making fond memories and just possibly helping your child develop important pre-literacy skills.

Trick or Treat

October 23,2019

Halloween is full of teachable moments that can be fun for new readers. Here are a few things you might say to reinforce reading skills this time of year:

  • “So you want to be a ghost for Halloween. What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word “ghost”?
  • “Can you think of any candy that starts with the Sssss sound?”
  • “What candy name rhymes with ‘flickers’?”
  • “Look at all your Halloween candy! You can eat one piece right now if you can find a candy bar wrapper with the letter “H” on it.”
  • “Let’s see if we can find any books about Halloween at the library.”

With just a little bit of thought, tricky parents can make learning to read a treat this Halloween and all year long!

Books Build Brains

September 10,2019

Recent research proves what so many teachers have suspected for years: books literally help to build brains.

Scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study what was going on in preschoolers’ brains as they listened to stories. They found that children with parents who read to them regularly and had more books in the home literally showed more brain activity when listening to an age-appropriate story: the fMRI showed significantly greater activation in the parts of the brain that support imagery and narrative comprehension as well as the part that processes visual association. This, despite the fact that the children were just listening to a story and could not see any pictures.

So keep going to the library and keep reading books. Provide a literacy-rich environment and help build the brains around you.