early literacy

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What was your favorite book as a kid?

For me, it was Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. I’d take it with me to school, to sleepovers, to the park. I read it so many times that I can still recite some of the poems by heart. 

But for poor children, books aren’t so easy to come by.

Girl with statue reading book
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A while back I told you why it's so important to read to babies from the time they're born. When you do, it stimulates language skills and cognitive thinking, encourages bonding between parents and kids, and sets the stage for school readiness.

Five things to know about music and early literacy

Mar 23, 2016
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Is there a particular song that lifts your spirits every time you hear it? Or one that always brings back not-too-fond memories?

According to Yahoo! Beauty, in addition to its ability to shift our mood and tap into our emotions, when you listen to music you also work better, you can exercise harder and longer, and you experience changes in blood pressure.

But did you know introducing kids to music instruction helps them develop early language and literacy skills?

Five reasons you should be reading to baby from birth

Mar 18, 2016
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New parents are often bombarded with advice and tips from everyone around them.

From things like how to dress your baby, to what to feed them, it can be a bit overwhelming.

But there is one piece of advice the American Academy of Pediatrics wants to make sure you follow: Reading to your baby from the time they're born.