- Check out some great new videos and tips about how important - and easy - it is to TALK PLAY READ and SING with young children. Share these with your family, friends, and colleagues so that they know, too! Baby Connections is a proud member of the the Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region and all 22 member organizations are working together to share this message and ignite an early literacy movement in our community.
- The 2016 Ontario Kindergarten Program recognizes the value of literacy in the early years: The foundations of language development, literacy, and the capacity for relationship begin to be established at birth. Infants just a few hours old communicate by using facial expressions and responding to adult facial expressions and by using cries and other sounds that vary with context and need. Children continue to develop their ability to communicate, both nonverbally and verbally, through interaction with adults and children at home, in child care, and in the community before they go to school, and they do so in a wide variety of ways. (p. 65)
Why read aloud from birth? Too Small to Fail lists several reasons, including the positive impact on a baby's language development and literacy skills and the opportunity to bond and provide warm, memorable experiences for adult and child.
- There are first times for everything with a baby. Reach Out and Read has some tips for the first time you read with your baby. Enjoy reading... no matter what your age!
- There's a strong connection between early literacy, literacy throughout life, and health. Watch the free "Connecting Early Literacy to Health" webinar from EarlyChildhoodWebinars.com and American-based Nemours BrightStart! to find out more. Project READ Literacy Network has information about literacy in Canada.
- A new study from the University of Iowa finds babies make more speech-like sounds during reading than when playing with puppets or toys - and mothers are more responsive to these types of sounds when reading to their child than during other activities.
- Calling all dads! The time that you spend talking and reading with your baby is really important. Find more details in Storytime with Dad: Why fathers should read with their children.
- How can you have a conversation with a baby? The Urban Child Institute provides 5 Tips for Baby Conversations.
- Reach Out and Read has some new Milestones of Early Literacy Development for children from birth to five years.