THE MAGIC OF READING | Since we’ve been incorporating The Basic – Read & Discuss Stories, we’ve realized that reading to Titus; even as a baby, it’s never too early to start! We used to think, “He’s too young to understand,” but we were wrong. Starting to read to Titus right from the start has been one of the best things we’ve done.
When reading to Titus, we know he won’t get every word, but we do know that it’s helping build his language skills. There’s so much value in helping him understand how sentences work and planting seeds for his vocabulary. But even without words, it helps stimulate his imagination and we can have an adventure without even leaving home.
Cuddling up to read a book is such a special time. It’s our chance to bond and create beautiful, cozy moments together. It’s amazing how a simple story can make him feel safe and loved. And honestly, it’s not just good for him, it’s good for us too. It’s more than just reading; it’s about growing, learning, and making memories that last a lifetime and it’s worth every minute!
By Candace Martin
The Basics Guilford PlayDaze with Greensboro Parks and Recreation is a morning of outdoor play and exploration at Keeley Park in Greensboro, NC. PlayDaze celebrates the value of play and is designed to provide diverse play activities for preschoolers and families of all ages. Activities include:
– Outdoor play and games
– Fun activities and community resources
– Museum exploration
– Opportunities to read
– Food Trucks and more!
- Saturday, September 9
- 10 am – 1 pm
- Keeley Park
- 4100 Keeley Rd
- McLeansville, NC 27301
Email us with questions
Going into a new season is always a fun time to discover new books and Read and Discuss Stories. Because reading to babies and toddlers is an integral part of preparing them to learn to read themselves, here are a few books to explore to jumpstart your summer. Guilford County libraries also offer wonderful summer reading programs for children of all ages to keep older children learning and reading, and to feed the curious minds of babies and toddlers, so take a look at the links below to get involved!
Summer Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers
How to Talk Like a Bear by Charlie Grandy
The Octopus Escapes by Maile Maloy
There’s a Beach in My Bedroom by Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas
Hot Dog by Doug Salati
Counting to Bananas by Carrie Tillotson
Hattie Harmony Worry Detective by Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett
Summer Books for Babies
The Smell of a Rainbow by Dawn Goldworm
Spot Goes to the Beach by Eric Hill
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Duck Duck Goose by Tad Hills
Hello Zoo by Nicola Slater
Guilford County Summer Reading Programs Information
From reading lists and competitions to story times, check out these sites to find out more about what local public libraries are offering this summer.
High Point Public Library
Greensboro Public Library
Gibsonville Public Library
BOOK WAS HER SECOND WORD | Eleanor loves to read. “Book” was her second word! We’ve been reading with Eleanor since she was born and we try to go beyond just reading the words. We discuss the story and how it might relate to her life: “The caterpillar is eating strawberries. You had strawberries for breakfast!” We
also look for opportunities to count: “How many balloons do you see?”, and search for recurring
characters: “Where is the mouse on this page?” At 21 months, she grasps the storylines and will
even “read” to us by reciting what she remembers.
Eleanor recently received Goodnight, Gorilla from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. At first, I
wasn’t sure if she would like it. The pictures are colorful, but most of the story must be
interpreted through the illustrations. She doesn’t have any other books that have pages without
words. To my surprise, it has become one of her favorites! The first couple of times I read it to
her, I would describe what was happening. Now, she tells me what is happening! Sometimes it’s
accurate, and sometimes she uses her imagination. I love how it inspires her to be creative.
I’m currently on the hunt for more books that are open to interpretation! Find out more about how to integrate Read and Discuss Stories into your caregiving approach.
By Lizzy Tahsuda
Find out more about why picture books are powerful!
Start Building STEM Skills Early
Construction paper and teddy bears are good for counting and sorting! How? Let me explain. My two-and-a-half-year-old son started being interested in learning his colors. We would start by identifying colors in his natural environment and the colors on his clothes. One day, he began playing with the teddy bear objects and asking their colors. This simple observation led to helping him visually discriminate between colors and learn the color names. I used the same colors of construction paper to match the teddy bears that he played with. I then laid down each piece of paper side by side on a table and let him decide where to place each teddy bear by looking at their colors.
As children are comparing by color, it is important to resist the urge as parents to do it for them or quickly correct. Encourage and celebrate them when they can match correctly, let them figure out when it is not correct, what is different? Your role is to facilitate. Ask questions such as “What color looks the same as the object?” This can help them visually process and self-correct if they get it wrong. Another role is to build their language. Math literacy skills are equally important is reading ability. They can learn key vocabulary words like “compare,” “same,” or “different.”
Even if you do not have teddy bear objects, any multi-colored item can be used in this simple activity. You can try using colored cereal, large beads, toy cars, blocks, or any other item that you have at home. Most of the time finding objects that you already have and using them to teach important skills is most convenient. Giving children experience with Count, Group, and Compare provides an important foundation for building lifelong STEM skills.
–By Airreia Pierce | Visit Airreia’s website | Follow her on Facebook