The first smile, the first laugh, the first word...These are the eagerly anticipated and treasured moments in a child's early life. From the moment they're born, children are ready to experiment and learn about communicating -- whether with the cries of a hungry infant, the chuckles of a baby playing peek-a-boo, or the emphatic "No!" of an independent toddler. As parents and caregivers, our love for the young children in our lives points the way for us in responding to their needs and wants. But there are many ways that we can turn those responses into opportunities to nurture our children's developing understanding of language, and to start them on the path of becoming successful and lifelong learners. In Born to Learn: Developing a Child's Reading and Writing, the authors share decades of experience as teachers, researchers, and mothers in describing how to turn everyday activities into learning opportunities for babies and young children.
From suggestions about language games, to ideas about turning household chores into times for conversation, to advice about books to share, Born to Learn is full of practical, hands-on, and fun ways to encourage speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Each chapter focuses on a particular stage in children's development -- from infancy through the pre-school years -- and highlights ways you can help your child learn and grow, and be ready to meet the challenges and adventure of entering school.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Understanding Our Perspective: How This Book Came to Be; What Comes Before Reading and Writing?; What Comes Next?; Things to Do at Home; Away-from-Home Activities; Making the Most of Everday Opportunities; Using This Book. Your Infant - Birth to Tweleve Month: Experiencing Language; Using the Five Senses; Talking to Your Infant; Playing with Your Infant; Reading to Your Infant. Your Growing Toddler - One to Three Years: Experiencing the World through Language; Experiencing the World through Reading; Experiencing Writing; A World about Teaching Your Toddler - Naturally. Your Preschool Child - Three to Five Years: Understanding the Language Development of the Young Child; Reading Aloud; Storytelling; Sharing Nursery Rhymes; Drawing and Writing; Playing Together; More Opportunities for Using Language; Going to the Library; Using the Media; Going on Trips or Outings; Making the Right Choice for You and Your Child. Caring for Your Child - A Time for Decisions: Choosing a Caregiver; Selecting a Daycare Facility; Choosing a Home Daycare; Choosing a Preschool; Choosing What's Right for Your Family. Finding the Right Resources for Your Child: Selecting Books; Using Television and Video; Computers and the Internet; Games and Toys. Afterword.
Carole S Rhodes and Lenore H Ringler