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WOW! Word of the week: SHELTER

Look how the tree’s shade has sheltered us from the sun. It looks like the cat found shelter there. I’ll shelter your body so you stay warm. Which sweater will shelter you from the cold? Why do newspapers shelter us … Continue reading

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WOW! Word of the Week: INCLUDE

I like how you included your friend in the game. What else would you like to include on our shopping list? It looks like you are including healthy foods. Let’s include your sister in our game. Which stuffed animal do … Continue reading

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WOW! Word of the Week: SECURE

  A WOW! word is a word you’ll say constantly this week to help your newborn, infant, or toddler hear the word and its forms. You are modeling words your child stores up and practices silently until able to say … Continue reading

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Babsy B Tip: Spinning Straw into Gold!

Wanna learn how to spin straw into gold? Let’s say this particular handful of straw is a board book, like SO BIG! Once you’ve repeatedly read and sung this book, your child and you know every animal’s name and its … Continue reading

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Babsy B Tip: Multiple Copies of the Same Book?

Oops, your child already has that book? Who knew! What do you, the minimalist, do with that second copy just received? Try to exchange it for a book your child doesn’t own? Re-gift it, or donate it? What if Aunt … Continue reading

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Babsy B Tip: How to teach your infant or toddler to read

I’m all ears when I hear an adult explaining how a little one can’t really read but thinks he can. “He just knows the story,” the adult says. And I say, “Yay! Yay! Yay!” This adult has done one of … Continue reading

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WOW! Word: ENLARGE  

A WOW! word is a word you’ll say constantly this week to help your newborn, infant, or toddler hear the word and its forms. You are modeling words your child stores up and practices silently until able to say them … Continue reading

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Babsy B Tip: Whisper the Readaloud

Why whisper when you’re reading aloud to your child today? Use your whispering voice to read every other page of a picture book or board book. Your child will enjoy hearing and mimicking your performance. But much more is going … Continue reading

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Babsy B Tip: Can I? Huh?

How can you avoid feeling pressed to give your child permission when you’re not sure how you want to respond? To take a think-it-through breather and help your child learn patience, say, “If you need an answer now, I’d have … Continue reading

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WOW! Word: INTEREST

A WOW! word is a word you’ll say constantly this week to help your newborn, infant, or toddler hear the word and its forms. You are modeling words your child stores up and practices silently until able to say them … Continue reading

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