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April 2020 Book List: Why This Book and Why Now?

Long before they enter a classroom, children are developing the crucial knowledge and skills they will need to learn to read and write.  The importance of reading to young children early and often in building these foundational skills cannot be overstated.   But how to know what books are right at your child’s age or developmental stage?   Thanks to BEGIN WITH BOOKS and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, an age-appropriate book is at your fingertips each and every month.   Here’s a look at a few titles from the April book list – and why they’re perfect for your child right now. Baby! Talk! , Penny Gentieu   (under 1 year) This delightful board book hits all the right markers developmentally for babies in their first year.   Visual acuity, verbal skills, and attention spans are developing rapidly and vary greatly in these first 12 months and from one baby to the next.   Having photographs rather than illustrations means that younger b

Early Literacy: The Importance of Rhyming

Do you feel a certain nostalgia when you hear a favorite nursery rhyme from your childhood?   There’s a reason those sing-song favorites have stood the test of time.   Nursery rhymes, and rhyming in general, cannot be over-valued for language development and for building the pre-literacy skills that lead to reading success.    Rhyming teaches children how language works and improves phonemic awareness Rhyming plays an important role in teaching children how language works and how it is read on a page. When we speak, we are essentially making meaning from speech sounds that have been combined in meaningful patterns. Rhyming repeats and combines these patterns in predictable ways. Through lots of repetition, young children begin to recognize that many of these sound combinations come in families and begin to anticipate them – cat, sat, mat, rat, for example. Phonemic awareness is an understanding that letters of the alphabet have a corresponding sound. It