Hands-on Reading: Playing with Books

Kids like to touch stuff. They like to play with stuff. So why not incorporate hands-on reading into story time? This past spring, Chronicle Books sent us several of the books in their Busy Baby series.  We shared them with our reviewing families to read them their kids. There is hands-on reading on every page of these sturdy board books. The face you see is a wooden circle painted happy on one side, and sad on the other. We don’t yet have the review for Busy Baby: Friends; but Busy Baby: Trucks was a huge hit. Both children (ages 2 and 4) loved this book and loved turning the baby’s head back and forth. I loved the pictures in this book; it … Read more

Find Us at EdGeeks.com Today

Today over at EdGeeks.com, Marisa Kaplan was kind enough to share a post that I wrote about easy ways to engage kids in literacy-building activities as a family. I hope you’ll stop by to say “hi” to Marisa and check out EdGeeks.com, it is a wonderful resource on very simple, practical ways to connect kids with learning and reading. I’ve also pasted in a copy of the article here. Enjoy! If I say the word “literacy,” what do you see? A book? a teacher? a notebook? a cereal box? your kids’ drawings? toys? What would you say if I told you all of those things play a role in your child’s literacy development. It is true! Long before your child … Read more