Notes from Story Time Category: Talking

Mealtime Conversation

Did you know that mealtime can be an opportunity for interactive learning? When families take the time to talk about the daily events in their lives, children learn new words and new concepts just by listening to others speak. Even when it doesn’t seem like they are paying attention, young children are always processing the world around them. Check out this website for other ways to shape your child’s learning success.

family mealtime

Talk, Talk, Talk

Oral language skills are important because without a strong understanding of language, children will have difficulty understanding the words they read.  Children with large vocabularies have a much easier time decoding words as they begin to read.  So let’s start to build these large vocabularies!  

What you can do: 

  • Read aloud and discuss the story and meanings of words as you read 
  • Use rare words (for a great explanation of why you should use big words with your children, check out this website)
  • Encourage original storytelling  
  • Engage in conversation (especially at mealtimes) 

Mom reading to children

Talking to Young Children About Race

Babies begin to notice race around 6 months old, so it is never too soon to start talking about race with your child or to show them that although we are different, those differences make us great. In the video below, Miss Claire, a children’s librarian at the Mount Prospect Public Library, shares her own experience with talking to her son about race and reads aloud Skin Again by bell hooks.

Let’s Talk About Race

Your children may have questions about what is going on in the news. Or perhaps you are looking for a way to talk to them about race and how to treat other people with respect. This video by a kindergarten teacher provides some great child-appropriate language for these complex topics. Click here to find a copy of the featured title Let’s Talk about Race by Julius Lester. For more titles, take a look at our Anti-Racist Books for Pre-K booklist.

Let’s Go Bird Watching

How many birds can you find in your yard? Do you see a robin? How about a chickadee? Have you ever seen a cardinal? A blue jay? To get your in the mood for bird watching, count along with Miss Amy as she sings the Bird Song. Not only is bird watching a great way to teach children about science and nature, but it also teaches children to notice similarities and differences, which will be an important skill when they learn how to read. Your children might also learn some new vocabulary!

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