In my continuing literacy series, I am switching the focus from babies and toddlers to the emerging school-aged reader. This year, my son entered the first grade and is honing his reading and writing skills each day at school and during his nightly reading. It’s also the first time he was introduced to the spelling test. Like most students, each week there are a new set of words he needs to master when it comes to reading and spelling.
One of my favorite parts of Valentine’s Day are the cute, pastel conversation hearts. The sweetheart candies with cute messages like “Be Mine” and “Kiss Me” were part of my childhood, with my mom gifting us a box each year for the holiday. I have continued the tradition and get one for my kids every year. What I also love about the candy hearts is that they can be used as several learning activities for toddlers and kids alike.
Last month, I shared tips for encouraging baby development through black and white books and images. As promised, the next post in my series of encouraging literacy through the ages relates to toddlers. This group of 1- to 3-year-olds is at a wonderful stage of discovery and the perfect age for introducing the importance of books.
Before my son was born, I read the book “The Baby Whisperer” to prepare for his arrival. Because it was pre-kids, I took my time reading it and even took notes. Let me just say: I don’t get to read much these days, and when I do, I definitely don’t have the time to jot things down!
When my son was younger, he was gifted a handful of farm animal figurines. As a two-year-old, he loved lining them up and sharing what sounds they made with me. When we were at our local bookstore, we came across more animals from the same company. What I loved about them was their durability and realistic nature.
One of my favourite things to buy for my kids are art supplies. As a child, I spent hours crafting, and I love watching my son and daughter create their own masterpieces (despite it being messy and unorganized at times). When I was recently at IKEA to buy paint and brushes, I came across some cute stamp pens. They were extremely reasonable, so of course I added them to my cart and couldn’t wait to share them with the kids!