Early Literacy

Creating attachment with books

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in Early Literacy
by Susan Ramsay, Early Literacy Specialist Ten-month-old Kyle had been stacking blocks with his mom. Repeatedly they had built small towers and knocked them down. “Oh no! Fall down!” Maybe it was the excitement of causing his blocks to crash that led Kyle to chuck one of them across the room. Fluffy the cat, who had been curled up asleep, felt the wooden block land solidly between her ears. Fluffy sprang to life and hissed. Kyle’s smile vanished. His lower lip trembled. After long seconds of sharp inward gasps, he began to cry. Kyle’s mom gathered Kyle into her arms. “It’s ok. Fluffy was just scared.” She rocked Kyle gently and reached for one of his books from the floor. Cuddled together she began to read…

Sing a song for learning

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in Early Literacy
by Susan Ramsay, Early Literacy Specialist Sing a song of sixpence. Why? Brain experts are singing the praises of music. Neuroscience is proving that music triggers human activity and productivity. Brain research is showing us how neurotransmitters, synapses in our brains, and different parts of our brains are connected to our ears. In CBC’s documentary “Working for a Song”, Roberta Walker reports that humans may be the only species able to synchronize our movements to music. Whether we claim to have two left feet when we dance or not, music has been used over thousands of years to coordinate the ability of humans to collectively push, pull, lift, or row together. Innately our muscles respond to rhythm while our moods respond to pitch and melody. The…

Why ‘Once upon a time’ matters

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in Early Literacy
It’s a curious thing. Why is it that we strive so hard to protect our children from harm, yet encourage them to imagine frightening creatures and situations? Kristen stood in line for hours with her daughter waiting for the H1N1 vaccine. A clever and resourceful mom, Kristen told her daughter fairy tales to pass the time. She told her Little Red Riding Hood – a story about a little girl whose grandmother is impersonated by a wolf! Fairy tales are full of gruesome characters, violence, and role models who have not kept up with the times. Some of us question whether our impressionable children should be exposed to such nasty characters. What does it do to a child to hear the story of Hansel and…

Winter Safari

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 January 2009 06:36  |  Published in Early Literacy
by Susan Ramsay, Early Literacy Specialist It’s never too cold for a safari. You may not find wild African animals in the snow, but there are other exciting things that children will want to discover while on safari in Sharbot Lake. The Child Centre in Sharbot Lake is taking young children and their families on an alphabet safari this Family Literacy Day! If you listen carefully you may feel the beat of the hunt that is about to begin “Chicka chicka boom boom Will there be enough room?” With the right words, rhythm and humour, Bill Martin takes his readers on a search for mischievous alphabet letters in his well-loved story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It’s a story that makes children want to listen, look, move…
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