Facilitating Letter Knowledge

Letter knowledge is defined as a child’s ability to recognize all the alphabet letters, preferably in both capital and lower case form, and to know the names and sounds of each. Letter knowledge is one of the best predictors of a child’s ability to become a proficient reader.     You may have also heard […]

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Evaluating a Child Care Program

Recently, I was contacted by a gentleman, on behalf of the YMCA, asking if I thought the following information that he composed would be helpful to share with my readers.  It comprises a list of questions to consider when visiting and researching “after-school programs,” but the questions are useful when considering any type of child-care […]

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Read Aloud for 15 Minutes!

I’m so excited and honored to become a “Read Aloud for 15 Minutes” partner and help spread their powerful message to “turn daily reading aloud for 15 minutes from a recommendation into a parenting ‘must’.”  Why:   “Because 15 minutes of reading aloud each day can change the face of education in this country.”   […]

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What’s Unique About Alphabet Anatomy?

Alphabet books are a wonderful way to acquaint your child with the alphabet letters and there are a multitude of wonderful books from which to choose.  There are several things that set Alphabet Anatomy apart from other alphabet books, however, most of which incorporate a certain theme with which to introduce the letters.   Alphabet […]

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Why Letter Knowledge is Important

The ability to identify the letters of the alphabet by name is one of the best predictors of how readily a child will learn to read.  (Treiman, Kessler, & Pollo, 2006)   Numerous studies have proven that a child’s knowledge of letters is a strong predictor of his/her success in learning to read.  (Bond & […]

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Understanding Early Literacy

“Early literacy” is a term you have probably heard many times.  You may wonder what it really is.  What early literacy is not, is the teaching of reading.  Rather, early literacy refers to what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write.   Early literacy is the building of […]

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Fabulously Fit with Letter F

Letter F has more to teach kids than the sound he makes in words, although that is his very favorite sound for sure.   Feeling fabulous is foremost on his list, and fitting fitness firmly into one’s day is a fine habit to follow.     “F, fit and fine, both arms straight to the […]

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Communicate Compassion With Letter C

Compassion: A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for someone struck by misfortune, accompanied by a desire to alleviate the suffering; mercy.   A noble and worthy character trait to instill in our children, right? Letter C could not agree more!   Caring for cats has brought her so much joy through the years. Whether […]

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Letter A Vocabulary

“A has a point at the top of her head. Under her belt, she hides apples so red. A – Apples”     As you can see, letter A absolutely adores apples.  In fact, she can hardly contain her adoration and can often be heard advocating the healthy advantages of ingesting apples by loudly proclaiming, […]

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Talk your Way to Early Literacy Skills

Your child’s early literacy journey begins on the day he/she is born and continues through the preschool years, setting the stage for his/her ability to grasp the necessary skills to progress through school and ultimately become a successful adult.   So, what can you do to ensure that your child has a healthy head start?  […]

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Vocabulary = Victory

Letter V volunteered to stop by and remind everyone about the importance of introducing children to new vocabulary words.  The best ways to achieve that goal are to engage in meaningful conversations each day about a variety of different topics, even the most routine ones, and to read lots of books together.  The more words […]

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Peek Inside our Parent Guide

Our Parent Guide provides a cohesive approach to engage in some fun and meaningful play activities with your child and at the same time increase letter knowledge and strengthen early literacy skills.   Each letter consists of a discussion topic, activity, craft, and kinesthetic movement to reinforce each letter’s fundamental components.  Set forth below are […]

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Love at First Sight

I remember the day.  I was sitting on the blue velour couch in our family room.  There was a calm stillness throughout the house, and though there were hundreds of tasks I could attend to, I chose to sit quietly for a bit — something I rarely allowed myself to do.   My older 3 […]

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Sing Along with Alphabet Anatomy’s Letters

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for some singing and dancing with the Alphabet Anatomy Rap, so grab the little ones and have some fun getting goofy and giggly.   While you’re engaged in these memorable moments, you’ll be stimulating and strengthening your child’s development in a ton of different areas including intellectual, social and emotional, […]

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How Does Reading Work?

I came across this article today, “How Does Reading Work,” which explains, in easy-to-understand language, how the whole process of learning to read takes place, although admittedly it is quite complex.   It breaks reading down into five processes, all of which must be mastered in order to attain proficiency:   1.  Phonemic Awareness 2.  […]

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Build Reading Skills With Poetry

April is National Poetry Month!  Take advantage of this opportunity to expose your child to this wonderful form of artistry.  Poems are short, fun, and easy to understand.  The rhyming words help develop an awareness of language fundamentals and naturally help boost reading skills.   Following are five ways that you can further increase the […]

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The Essence of True Character

I was going through my Word documents a few days ago and came upon this exceptionally beautiful writing by Ralph Waldo Emerson about character that I must have copied some time ago. I think it’s so worth sharing, especially in these times when the world seems to be experiencing such division and unrest on a […]

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Defining Alphabet Anatomy

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “Alphabet Anatomy?”   Of course it pertains to the alphabet, but let me explain a little further. Alphabet Anatomy literally examines, depicts, and describes the structure of each alphabet letter, thus its “anatomy.”     Learning to name and associate the alphabet letters with their […]

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Everywhere a Sign

I had heard the stories before, read about them in the newspaper, cried compassionate tears imagining the unbearable suffering. I would never survive it…, was always my immediate response. NEVER!   He was my firstborn son, a perfect ten pounds and 22 ½” long, who would grow to be 6’4” and tower over his dad […]

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Dogs Could Heal the World

It was a thoughtful conversation with a complicated topic — trying to dissect the world’s problems and the best way to keep our spirits elevated while still remaining sufficiently informed of current events. A family discussion over morning coffee…. Not a cheery way to start the day, I know, but at least it was engaging […]

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