According to a new study in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, it can! Researchers found that toddlers who possess a spoken vocabulary at 24 months show an increased ability to later on control their emotions and self-regulate. The rationale behind the findings is that children who have the ability to verbalize their frustrations are able to more effectively control their own behavior.
And what time-tested method have parents and caregivers used for generations to help babies and toddlers begin to develop language skills? Reading aloud! So, stop by our Children's Library and pick up some Tantrum Stoppers... ahem.... that is, books.
These are questions that we children's librarians are asked almost every week. Parents, caregivers, and children will frequently come to us with a Leveled Reading list or instructions from their teachers to find books on the Guided Reading scale (this method of reading instruction, also known as the Fountas and Pinnell system, uses a scale from A to Z to indicate increasing levels of book difficulty.)
Since public libraries are organized and arranged to facilitate browsing, searching, and to inspire a lifelong love of reading, you won't find our Children's Library organized by the A to Z levels. So, how do you locate books that are appropriate for your child's reading level?
We pride ourselves on knowing great children's literature and enjoy making recommendations. We will usually begin by asking you or your child what kinds of books you've read recently and whether those books felt "just right" or not. We can help you find similar titles, ones that are a little harder, or a little easier.
For children just learning to read on their own, a great place to browse is in our F5 Learn to Read area. These books, also known as beginning readers, are designed to help newly emerging readers recognize common vocabulary, anticipate rhyming words, construct meaning through carefully placed illustrations, and build confidence.
For children who are reading independently but not quite ready to delve into Harry Potter, check out our Kids I Read section. Filled with popular chapter book series, these books help keep new readers engaged but not overwhelmed.
What is a level H or K or D anyway? What does it mean? It can be frustrating for both parents and children to locate books on their assigned Guided Reading level. Oftentimes, the Guided Reading lists given to parents contain titles that are out of print or unavailable.
One simple and effective way to judge whether any given book is too hard or too easy is The Five Finger Rule. Here's how it works:
Looking for more information on finding great books for your child? Stop by the Children's Library anytime or contact us at email@example.com.
From classics like Hop on Pop and Frog and Toad, to new favorites like Elephant and Piggie and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa, the F5 Learn to Read collection features books (as well as Books with CD's that let you listen along with the story and educational computer games) designed for emerging readers.
Some easy reader series focus on phonics and sight words (like the popular Bob Book kits), while others are simply great stories told with recognizable vocabulary, ample white space, and limited text. For new readers, there are tons of excellent choices in a broad range of reading levels. Stop by the Children's Library anytime and ask us for recommendations for your new reader.
When your child is ready to branch out into slightly longer chapter books, take a look through out Kids I Read collection!
According to one expert, infants begin by making squealing sounds without any identifiable syllables. By the age of six months, babies (typically) start forming vowel sounds ("aaa" "ooo") and with practice, consonant sounds ("mmm") by the end of their first year.
An interesting takeaway from the NYTimes piece was this advice derived from the results of a recent study on language accquisition of babies:
"....if a baby looks at an apple and says, “Ba ba!” it’s better to respond by naming the apple than by guessing, for example, “Do you want your bottle?” Offering new vocabulary words, even to children too young to form those words, helps strengthen their understanding of language and ability to name new objects.
Perhaps the most important result of all these new studies on language development was the discovery that "Babies have to hear real language from real people to learn these skills." There is something irreplacable about the face-to-face contact between a parent and a child that television, even educational programs, cannot duplicate.
One of the best ways to facilitate this brain-building interaction is by sharing a book with your baby. As Horn Book editor Martha Parravano so elequently states in A Family of Readers, "Despite all of our society's technological advances, it still just takes one child, one book, and one reader to create this unique space, to work this everyday magic."
Elephant and Piggie are the best of friends.
They enjoy doing many things together like going to parties, dancing, and playing catch.
When a new friend, Snake, comes along, will they all be able to play catch together?
During the summer Wee Like to Move "moves" to Wednesdays at 10:45 am, starting June 23.
Ages 3 to 5
Wednesday, April 21 1:30pm – 2pm
Darien Senior Center: 30 Edgerton Street
Storytimes are for babies, toddlers, and children up to age 6. The Children's Library offers a variety of Drop-In programs for children up to age 12.
Register: Monday, March 1 - Monday, March 15
Session 2: Monday, March 22 - Friday, April 30
Registered Storytimes are for children whose parents are Darien residents, employed in Darien full-time, or contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.
Register infants and 1-year-olds based on their ability to walk. For two-year-olds and up, please register children based on their age at the start of the storytime session. The programs are developmentally appropriate for the stated ages, though there is a two-week grace period for soon-to-be birthdays.
Registration is a lottery and you will be contacted by Saturday, March 20, 2010 for Winter 2 placement.
Giggles and Rhymes: pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver
Born to Read: walkers up to 24 months and a parent/caregiver
Side by Side: 2-year-olds and a parent/caregiver
Totally Preschool: 3 and 4-year-olds
Bookworms: 5 and 6-year-olds
Spending time with grandparents and seniors is a great way to enjoy a chilly afternoon during the winter break.
The Children's Library co-sponsors a monthly Grandparents' Storytime at the Darien Senior Activities Center. If you have never been to the Senior Center, stop by and pay us a visit tomorrow, Wednesday February 17 at 1:30pm.
It is super easy to get to the Darien Senior Activities Center! Click here for directions.
Intergenerational relationships are valuable for both children and seniors, as well as for the community at large. If you are interested in taking a look at some of the benefits of these connections, please review the US EPA's listing.
If you haven't spent time with seniors recently, participating in an intergenerational storytime is a perfect way to start!
Registration for the Winter 2 session of Little Clickers will run from Monday, March 1 - Monday, March 15. To register your child, please click on the program links below.
-Important Enrollment Information-
*Registration is a lottery and participants will be contacted via email by Saturday, March 20, 2010
*Registered programs are for children whose parents are Darien residents, employed in Darien full time, or contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.
Little Clickers - Click HERE to register
Share an interactive computer class with your child! This technology program will introduce kids to new websites and help your preschooler to learn basic computer skills. Caregivers participate with their children in this program.
Ages 3 -5 photo courtesy of Flickr user hiestand24
Fridays, 1:30 - 2 PM
Friday, March 26
Friday, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30