Literacy Archives - Pickens County First Steps

The Brain-Changing Power of Talking, Singing, and Pointing During Your Baby’s First Year!

A post from The Palmetto Basics.

Children learn language from the moment they are born. Day by day, babies learn that sounds have meaning. Every time you talk, sing, or point, you provide clues to the meaning of your words.

We neglect the power and significance of interactions like talking, singing and pointing because they seem so simple. But simplicity is what makes them so wonderful. Anyone can talk, sing, or point when interacting with a baby or young child.

Researchers found that when mothers communicate with their newborns, babies learn almost 300 more words by the age […]

Free Storytime Fun for Preschoolers in Pickens County!

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Pickens County First Steps is excited to share the many early literacy opportunities provided by our local schools and library branches!

With read-alouds, songs, movement, and more, preschool programs incorporate The Palmetto Basics, which help give every child a great start in life!

You don’t need to be zoned for a certain school to participate in their program. Each story time is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to United Way of Pickens County Preschool Pages initiative and School District of Pickens County for their partnership in these programs!

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The #1 Thing You Need to Know About Reading to Your Baby + 7 Simple Tips

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A post from The Palmetto Basics. 

Perhaps you’ve heard that you should read to your child from the time they’re born. It’s a way to help them develop a love for books and receive the many benefits of reading as they get older. But perhaps you’ve wondered if this is really practical. How can a baby engage with a book or understand a story? How can a baby possibly have a sufficient attention span to get through a story?

When you read to your baby, you have one primary purpose: providing a positive experience with a […]

8 Simple Tips for Building a Healthy Brain with Books!

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A post from The Palmetto Basics.

Eighty percent of brain development happens within the first three years of life. During these early years of brain growth, infants and toddlers absorb massive amounts of information from interacting with other people. This early learning becomes the foundation for all future learning!

One of the most important ways to seize the opportunity of the early years is through reading to your young child just 15 minutes a day. The more we read to young children, the more prepared they become to enjoy reading and do well in school.

When you read to your […]

Why Talking, Singing, and Pointing are Superpowers + 6 Everyday Ideas

(From The Palmetto Basics)
If you’re a parent or caregiver, have you found yourself talking to your baby as you’ve changed their diaper?

Do you sometimes hear parents in the grocery story talking to their infants about what they’re buying or the things they see, even though the baby is too young to understand?

This instinct to talk, sing, and point with our babies and young children may seem silly. If you’ve been surprised to find yourself singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider while buttoning a onesie, we have good news:

Talking, singing, and pointing with your […]

Overwhelmed as a parent of a baby or young child? You just need “The Basics.”

There’s never been a point in history where more information and resources have been available to parents. And while information can be helpful, it can also be overwhelming.

The more information we take in, the easier it becomes to lose sight of the basics. Parenting, something that humans have been doing since the beginning of time, now feels complicated and confusing.

Perhaps you worry about “spoiling” your baby.

Maybe you feel like there’s a specific way you should be diapering or feeding or scheduling.

Has it always been this complicated?


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