May 2015 - Pickens County First Steps

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Kids Into Books This Summer

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If you’re anything like me, you have high hopes to get your kids into lots and lots of books over the summer. But the lazy days, the lure of the almighty screen, and the protests of reluctant readers can derail our bookish good intentions.

My own family consists of one kid who’s a voracious reader, one kid who’s a reluctant reader, and one kid who’s still an emerging reader. Keeping up with such a wide array of ages, stages, and book appetites is no small task.

At Pickens County First Steps, we want to encourage you […]

Why Reading to Your Young Child Matters More Than You Think {plus a few helpful tips}

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We hear it all the time. Reading early and often to our kids is important. We know that it’s a good and noble endeavor but we do we understand how much it really matters?

I came across this infographic that makes a simple and compelling case for reading at a young age. {The print is a tad hard to read so scroll down if you want the highlights.}

 

 
Fifteen minutes / day of independent reading can = 1 million + words in a year!

Reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her […]

The Superpower You Didn’t Know You Had: How Talking is Teaching

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When I brought my first baby home from the hospital, I found myself talking to her throughout the day about things she couldn’t possibly understand:

Should Mommy order a latte or a cappuccino today?

Would you like to wear your pink onesie or the green one?

I chatted with her as I changed diapers, as I fed her, as I got her dressed and undressed. I made up ridiculous songs like it was my job. {And hoped that someone wasn’t secretly taping all of my crazy new-mom antics.}

At the time, I didn’t realize that our […]

A FREE and Simple Resource for Building Literacy in YOUR Young Child

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Literacy is just a fancy word for reading and writing. So when we talk about promoting early literacy for young children, we’re simply talking about the very first building blocks. READ MORE