Early Literacy Development in Birth to Three

Early Literacy Development

 “Early literacy skills are essential to literacy development and should be the focus of early language and literacy programs. By focusing on the importance of the first years of life, we give new meaning to the interactions young children have with books and stories. Looking at early literacy development as a dynamic developmental process, we can see the connection (and meaning) between an infant mouthing a book, the book handling behavior of a two year old, and the page turning of a five year old. We can see that the first three years of exploring and playing with books, singing nursery rhymes, listening to stories, recognizing words, and scribbling are truly the building blocks for language and literacy development.”

Click on the link above to read more of this interesting article on early literacy development and behaviors.

Nanny Poem

I love this poem. I feel like it sums up a nanny’s career.  Do you have a favorite poem or quote that you would like to share? Comment with your favorite quote/poem/message.

A Childcare Provider

A willing partner for working moms,
she comforts, pampers, soothes and calms.
With all the love she has to share,
she’s great to have when mommy can’t be there.
She loves to rock a fussy child,
corrects the one that gets too wild.
She hears her share of tearful pleas,
and comforts those with skinned up knees.

With little children she plays games of peek,
for bigger ones it’s hide and seek.
She is an expert at each game,
but somehow loses just the same.

She helps them learn the alphabet,
and gives them hugs when they’re upset.
She gently tucks them in their beds,
with dreamland tales for sleepyheads.

She is a true and trusted friend,
who helps them learn and play pretend.
Although she’s paid, it’s plain to see,
she serves them with a love that’s free.

~Author unknown

Handprint Crafts

There are so many crafts to do with a child’s handprint!  Handprint crafts can be done with kids all of ages!  Here is a list of 10 handprint crafts that I look forward to doing with the boys: (I found these collection of handprint crafts from google images.

10. Handprint Heart

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9. Handprint Duck

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8. Handprint Spider on a string

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7. Handprint Spider on a web

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6. Handprint Fall Tree

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5. Handprint duck (with construction paper)Screenshot

4. Handprint Fish

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3. Handprint Mask

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2. handprint Santa Craft

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1. Handprint Caterpillar (the hungry caterpillar craft)
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What are your favorite handprint crafts with kids?

Sensory processing disorders in infants and toddlers

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Does your baby have colic? If so…you may want to consider that sensory processing disorder is the underlying cause…..

Have you ever worked with a infant/toddler with sensory processing disorder?  One of the Twins that I work with has sensory processing disorder. I will post more about this the more I work with him and learn about the disorder…

The transition from formula to cow’s milk

Did you know that experts recommend transitioning babies from formula to cow’s milk when they are 12 months old.  You may be wondering why wait until 12 months? Well, babies cannot digest cow’s milk as easily as breast milk.  Cow’s milk has a high amount of protein and minerals- this can be difficult on a baby’s kidneys and digestive system.  Once a baby is 12 months he/she should be able to digest cow’s milk easily.

How much milk should a 12 month old drink?  “According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), most kids will get enough calcium and vitamin D if they drink 16 to 20 ounces (2 to 2 1/2 cups) of cow’s milk a day. Offer 1-year-olds whole milk…” (babycenter.com)

To read more about transitioning from formula to cow’s milk here are some articles I found:

Babycenter

Babble

What to Expect

 

Puzzles

Puzzles are important for young children’s development for a variety of reasons.

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Cognitive: Puzzles increase visual spatial awareness.

Problem Solving:  Children develop ways to achieve a goal by matching the puzzle pieces.

Fine Motor Skills: Children are required to pick up and move around puzzle pieces.  They use  small muscle movements in their hands to move the pieces.

Social: Children help each other and do puzzles together (this aids them to become social with each other)

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Self Esteem: Children are proud of themselves and build higher self esteem when they complete puzzles.

Hand Eye Coordination:  Children must manipulate pieces to put them in the correct place on the puzzle board.  They use their eyes to see the puzzle piece and their hands to pick it up and move it.

Shape Recognition: Children begin to recognize shapes.

Memory: Children need to remember the size, shape, color, etc. of a puzzle piece to put it in the correct spot.

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Sources:  I found the information above from these websites-

http://www.learning4kids.net/2012/02/21/why-are-puzzles-so-good-for-kids-learning/

http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/importance-puzzles-preschool-children-12116.html

http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/child-activities/why-puzzles-are-good-for-your-childs-development/