WOW! Word™ of the Week: VISIT

lilly-pond-805207_1280A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That’s positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, “Wow!”

It’s true. WOW! Words invite children––regardless of natural or learned language abilities––to be confident and powerful talkers, talkers who hold their listeners’ attention.

To introduce a new WOW! Word, merely begin using the word and any of its forms––visit, visited, visiting––often and every day. Look for opportunities to use the WOW! Word in daily conversations for a week or more. Then continue using the word as you add to your ever-growing collection of WOW! Words.

It’s noteworthy when your infant shows she understands words like bye-byemommy, or daddy. So too, you’ll notice her understanding of each new WOW! Word. And when she begins to lead those conversations, she’ll just naturally use every kind of word you’ve been modeling for her.

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Teach Your Child to Count in Order Using This Fun Poem

 

Let’s explore Jacks and More Jacks. This little book invites you and your child to count and compare some jacks in the “Jacks” game and six characters named Jack in nursery rhymes and fairy tales.Teaching Tip: Counting is a skill that’s learned over time.You’ve likely noticed how your child listens and watches when others count. And how your child likes to imitate that counting. In the beginning, your child may say number words in order but point to the objects helter-skelter. Or point to the objects in order but say number words in helker-skelter order. Or get it all correct one time but not every time. Counting objects correctly in one-to-one correspondence takes time, maturity, patience, and lots of practice.

 

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Ask Babs

Q: How should I respond when my 2-year-old tries to hit her newborn sister? Should I ignore it, or should I discipline her?

A: Notice it and approve it. Your noticing it addresses everyone’s need for protection. You’ll approve it by diving in to take advantage of this perfect opportunity to be your Two’s first best teacher.
This “hit” is your toddler’s way of showing interest, coupled with her wish to connect. She’s also showing that she doesn’t have a clue how to explore this “thing.” After all, your Two is thinking, this thing everyone calls “the baby” appears to be here to stay. She’s learned that touching is a useful way to explore and learn about things around her. So now’s a great time for “I Touch Gently,” a little poem that can help all three of you get your needs met.
When you see your Two going near the baby, hover over and use your index finger to model how you touch Baby ever so gently. At the same time, begin to say these words softly and lovingly (or sing to “Are You Sleeping?” tune):

I touch gently.
I touch gently.
Watch me touch.
Watch me touch.
Look how I touch gently.
Look how I touch gently.
Watch me touch.
Watch me touch.

Continue using the words and your finger to model how you can touch Baby, your own arm, your toddler’s arm, and something else right there by you. Then touch Baby again. Touching your Two as part of this routine allows her to feel how lightly your finger comes to rest on her skin.
Model all this gentle touching and speaking until your toddler begins to touch the baby just as gently as you’ve shown her. Keep in mind while that you know this touching skill, she doesn’t. So at first, she may need your finger to gently guide hers.
Now it’s time to help your Toddler Two move on to another activity. Moving on helps focus your toddler on other important things in her life. It also gives her––and you––opportunities to try out that new tool she’s just learned. Soon, she will look to you as she reaches out to touch something. She’s asking if it’s fragile like Baby. She’s also asking you to repeat those meaningful words––those words about touching.
Notice that you’ve stayed focused on your child’s need to learn while helping her connect with the new baby. You’ve kept your cool and been positive while managing to keep everyone safe. And you’ve modeled in context a useful WOW! Word™ http://www.ilikeme.com/this-weeks-wow-word-available/,
vocabulary that you and your Two will use again and again.
With your gentle guidance and the little poem, your Toddler Two will soon be reminding you to touch gently! Happy touching!

P.S. This is also a great Talking Op™, a time to help her develop more oral vocabulary. Model the use of synonyms interchangeably by tossing into your “touching gently” conversations these words and others with similar meanings––gentle and careful, fragile and delicate and breakable, gently and carefully.

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WOW! Word™of the week: Attach

kids-756301_1280A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That’s positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, “Wow!”

It’s true. WOW! Words invite children––regardless of natural or learned language abilities––to be confident and powerful talkers, talkers who hold their listeners’ attention.

To introduce a new WOW! Word, merely begin using the word and any of its forms––attach, attached, attachment––often and every day. Look for opportunities to use the WOW! Word in daily conversations for a week or more. Then continue using the word as you add to your ever-growing collection of WOW! Words.

It’s noteworthy when your infant shows she understands words like bye-byemommy, or daddy. So too, you’ll notice her understanding of each new WOW! Word. And when she begins to lead those conversations, she’ll just naturally use every kind of word you’ve been modeling for her.

This week’s WOW! Word: attach

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The Nouns Game™

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Let’s play The Nouns Game™ with your child of any age today. This talking game is a good way to build your child’s oral language or storehouse of vocabulary and knowledge. You can even talk this activity with an infant! And it’s another free activity you can do with your child anywhere you are. Here’s how:

First off, let’s remind ourselves that a noun names a person, a place, or a thing. Nouns are words that name those tangible or real things you’ll help your child see and touch today. As you say a sentence such as “We’ll take the dog with us,” just emphasize the word “dog” that names an animal, a thing. Specific nouns and sentences you model depends on your child’s age and interests and on the activity the two or you are doing in the moment.

As you play The Nouns Game, you can model added vocabulary and knowledge by occasionally saying this sentence: “Nouns name some tangible or real things we can see and touch.

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This week’s WOW! Word: available

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A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That’s positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, “Wow!”

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WOW! Word™ of the Week: ABUNDANCE

A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That’s positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, “Wow!”

It’s true. WOW! Words invite children––regardless of natural or learned language abilities––to be confident and powerful talkers, talkers who hold their listeners’ attention.

To introduce a new WOW! Word, merely begin using the word and any of its forms––in this case, just abundance––often and every day. Look for opportunities to use the WOW! Word in daily conversations for a week or more. Then continue using the word as you add to your ever-growing collection of WOW! Words.

It’s noteworthy when your infant shows she understands words like bye-byemommy, or daddy. So too, you’ll notice her understanding of each new WOW! Word. And when she begins to lead those conversations, she’ll just naturally use every kind of word you’ve been modeling for her.

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“Why I Do What I Do”

“Why I Do What I Do”, by Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz (Babsy B)

I want to share the work and conversations for peace that I have been practicing for 50 years now and expect to continue for another half century or longer, I hope: I act every day toward building peace through my work with children via writing for publication and sharing peaceful words (Examples: Peaceful Me; I Can!; Who’s the Boss?; I Like Me!; I Can! Can You?; Fighting Makes No Sense!; and hundreds more books, poems, and songs I write, I now publish, and I continue to write…see www.babsyb.com). I work every day and take every opportunity to share peaceful words and actions during my everyday encounters with any baby, young child, and any child–one-at-a-time. I am also at that same time modeling for any accompanying adults the peaceful, self-awareness, fun, and loving words and actions–those observing adults get to witness and take away with them how the peaceful fun loving words and actions resonate with their children.

It is my long-held belief based on 50 years now of training and practice that we must build peace from the beginning–with children who LIKE and believe in themselves…with children who meet success as readers and writers and lifelong learners.

These abilities when offered to every child–via the systematic development of oral language during children’s first 5 years of life–work to equip every child with the power to become that reader and writer and critical thinker who can think past bias and hate, even if such non-peaceful words and actions are being modeled for them at home or in their community.

Research and practice have shown us that the modeled words and actions and messages children hear and see in those first years of life are the very messages children take with them and live out in living their own lives.

My work focuses on building peace from the start with the infant and toddler and preschooler. For example, back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I began working to write and teach toddlers and preschoolers to buckle up in vehicles. I knew that little ones who knew the why’s and how’s of buckling up would insist on being buckled up. And I knew, they would then insist that their parents would also buckle up to be safe in vehicles. How did I work to make that happen in those days before laws and car seats and such? Through meaningful and informative and fun poems and songs for little ones. And it worked!

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WOW! Word™ of the Week: SOOTHE

A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That’s positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, “Wow!”

It’s true. WOW! Words invite children––regardless of natural or learned language abilities––to be confident and powerful talkers, talkers who hold their listeners’ attention.

To introduce a new WOW! Word, merely begin using the word and any of its forms––soothe, soothed, soothing––often and every day. Look for opportunities to use the WOW! Word in daily conversations for a week or more. Then continue using the word as you add to your ever-growing collection of WOW! Words.

It’s noteworthy when your infant shows she understands words like bye-byemommy, or daddy. So too, you’ll notice her understanding of each new WOW! Word. And when she begins to lead those conversations, she’ll just naturally use every kind of word you’ve been modeling for her.

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The life-changing article that educators in CA & TX sent home with every student.

 

This is a letter I had published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I shared it with some teacher friends in CA and TX, and lo and behold, their principals and/or superintendents thought it was so powerful that they copied and sent it home with every one of their students: To change a child’s life, speak 5 words.

It all began when I entered ninth grade. The counselor looked at my good grades and asked where I was going to college. College? No one had ever asked that question. I had no money. Besides, I had holes in my socks. That day, I took on a new goal. If my counselor thought I was going to college. . . . If she thought . . . , then maybe I could. Maybe I would.

As a parent, children’s author and education consultant, I need to pass on what my counselor taught me. I have shared what I know with thousands of educators and parents around the country. But there are thousands, millions of you out there whom I expect I will never meet. So could you just give me a moment. Like my counselor, you can make a difference. Yes, you. And all you need to do is say five words to every child within earshot. And say them often. I’ll tell you what those words are and how and when you might say them. And then, if you’re not already convinced, I’ll tell you why it’s important that you do this.

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