Category Archives: Blog

Build Background Knowledge

May 22,2018

Summer, when school is out, is a great time to help your children build additional background knowledge of the world and to improve their reading skills.

If you go on vacation to the beach, NYC, or the Grand Canyon, consider following up with age-appropriate books that help your children learn more about your destination. Or, when you hear the news about a volcano erupting in Hawaii, show your children videos of that online and follow up with a book about volcanoes.

You’ll be helping your children better understand the world around them. Plus, this will help keep their minds sharp and ready for school in the fall.


Make the Most of Mealtime

March 27,2018

The dinner table is a great place to share stories that encourage language and literacy development. Of course, you might ask your child straightforward questions such as, “What was the best part about today? What was the worst part?”

Alternatively to foster creative development and imagination, you might ask, “If you could have a super power, what would it be and how would you use it?” Or you might ask your child to tell you a story about a dog who can fly.

Oral storytelling is a precursor to written stories and supports literacy development. So why not nourish your child’s mind as you nourish your child’s body? That is one way to make the most of mealtime.


Talk & Listen

February 23,2018

You may have heard that the number of words a child hears in the early years is very important for brain development (the more, the better).

But new research indicates that what is even more important than the number of words heard is meaningful, back-and-forth conversation.  A recent article in MIT News describes new research that confirms the importance of conversing with a child. A senior author of the study, John Gabrieli, said, “It’s almost magical how parental conversation appears to influence the biological growth of the brain.”

So listen to your children, ask questions, and explain what is happening in the world around them. Engage them in conversation about topics they are interested in or curious about. You’ll be helping to build their brains— and you’ll be building your relationship with your children.