My First Ever Baby Playground!

Nov 3rd, 2016 Craft Programs, Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

This was my first ever Baby Playground program and the first for our library. Basically, I wanted to have a giant baby party that practices fine motor skills. I chose to focus on pincer grasp, gross motor skills, and eye tracking. It was so much fun! We had over 40 people attend. Babies were everywhere. Rice was everywhere (we used it as “sandbox” material). We…

Boosting Brain Power by Jill Stamm

Boosting Brain Power

May 27th, 2016 Book Reviews, Early Literacy Skills, Nonfiction, Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Boosting Brain Power: 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells Us ISBN: 978-0-87659-359-2 Pages: 126 Publisher: Gryphon House Published: 05/01/16 Boosting Brain Power is a nonfiction book aimed at parents to teach them research-backed reasons and activities for brain building, bonding, and communicating with their 0-3 year-old to build early literacy and strengthen brain connections. A lot of the information and research will be familiar…

Early Literacy Research for Parents

Jun 20th, 2015 Early Literacy Skills, Lists Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

I teach a storytime for 3-month-olds to 15-months. We do the usual books, songs, fingerplays, social time, and early literacy tips that are provided by ECRR. But I feel a lot of times that those things become so routine that the parents start to gloss over the research that backs this type of program. If parents are more aware that this isn’t just play time,…

5 Activities to Improve Phonological Awareness

5 Activities to Improve Phonological Awareness

Apr 16th, 2015 Early Literacy Skills Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Phonological awareness is the ability for kids to hear the sounds that make up words. It includes the ability to hear when two words rhyme, say the sound a word starts with, or break words into syllables. Phonological awareness is an early literacy skill. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually do it. The more you teach early…