The Benefits of Crafts in Storytime

Adding a craft to storytime offers many benefits to children and their caregivers. Crafts provide opportunities for children to interact with each other and parents, and they can also enhance skillsets and bolster self-esteem. Crafts do not need to be an expensive or elaborate. Many crafts can be created with household materials, such as toilet paper rolls, cotton balls, Q-tips,…

Best Books for Children Under Two

It’s never too soon to introduce your child to the joy of reading. Here are just a few reasons why reading together is important: EARS: Babies are attracted to sound, and reading helps little ones attach meaning to what they hear. EYES: Books encourage babies to focus on an object, which helps develop vision. HEART: Babies are comforted by the…

7 Myths About Reading to Your Child

Myth #1: My child is too young. He won’t sit through a whole story! It’s never too early to start reading to your child. In fact, many experts recommend building the habit of reading together while your child is still in the womb. Studies show that babies develop their sense of hearing around the beginning of the third trimester and…

Born to Read: Reading to Your Baby in the Womb

By the third trimester, your baby’s ears are ready to hear! While a baby in utero hears what’s going on outside the womb at about 10 decibels lower than you do, the rhythm, melody, and other language patterns that serve as the foundation of speech are actually crystal clear. Wondering what the world sounds like to your baby? Try placing…