Caregiver s Corner Monthly Nesletter

Hello, Friend!

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Thank you so much for joining me for issue numero dos of the Caregivers' Corner monthly newsletter. Hooray for March!

Before we get started, I'd love to know how your last month of reading has been? Have you found any new storytime favourites by following your little one's IRL interests?

If so, feel free to drop me a line and let me know! I'm always looking for new titles to add to my storytime library — and I especially love reading books that are already a big hit with the kids.

Now let's get to it, shall we?


Early Literacy Tip for March

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Click & Save Phone Wallpaper -- a little visual reminder for the next time your kiddo walks away mid-sentence. ;)

It's natural to have expectations for how reading time will go, and it's easy to be frustrated when those expectations don't line up with what actually happens.

If you've ever tried to read a book with a toddler, you'll know exactly what I mean.

The next time you find yourself wishing your at-home storytimes looked different, I encourage you to remember this — reading with your child is, first and foremost, about spending time together.

Whether you're reading them the words, talking to them about the pictures, or simply showing them how to turn the pages, reading with your little one lets them know that you value exploring a book with them and hearing what they have to say about it.

Even if what they have to say winds up being completely unrelated to the plot. ;)

Because the truth is all book time is time well spent.


Online Storytime

Of course my goal with this newsletter is to help make reading together a process that you and your little one both enjoy, and like we talked about last month, book selection can play a HUGE part in that!

For example, one thing to keep in mind when choosing books for toddlers — who can be tricky to keep engaged because of their developing attention spans and boundless energy — is to look for books with a repeating refrain.

A repeating refrain is a line of text that appears several times throughout the book, and they make powerful engagement tools for a couple of reasons.

First, they give the child something to anticipate and that anticipation can help hold their attention.

Second, they give little ones the opportunity to participate in reading the book, even if they aren't reading words on their own yet.

In this month's featured online storytime, I share an excellent example of a book with a repeating refrain — Brian Won's delightful story about generosity and friendship, "Hooray for Hat!"

The book starts around the 3:30 mark, if you want to jump right in.

Bonus Tip

Sometimes the repetition in these books can be a little grating for adults, so feel free to steer clear of these titles on days when you're not feeling up for it.


...Offline Activity

It can be easy to forget that at some point in our lives we had to learn HOW to use a book.

Opening it, turning the pages, even holding it the right way up might be second nature to us now, but these were all skills we had to learn — and now that you're a pro, you get to teach your little one(s) how to do them too!

For this month's offline activity, I've created a game you can play to teach your kiddo "Which Way Is Up?"

All you'll need are a few books, a flat surface and the instructions, which you can download by clicking the button below.


That's It, My Friend!

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Thank you again for welcoming me into your inbox and spending this time with me today.

I do hope you find this information useful and that it helps bring more ease and joy into the time you spend reading with your little one(s). Because you're doing a great job!

Until next month, take care and happy reading!

Tanya Bee


p.s. Know another caregiver who would value these resources? Feel free to forward this email their way.

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