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Am I Really My Child’s First Teacher?

Today’s article answers the age-old question, “Am I Really My Child’s First Teacher,” with a resounding, “Yes!” The folks at NAEYC provide a rationale for the claim and offer examples of routines-based interventions that support literacy development, like telling stories, looking around, and making books available. It’s a quick read. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.

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Practice Guides for Parents from CELL

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) and the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute offer parents of infants and toddlers a host of resources on their site. These include practice guides for parents to provide their young children with “fun and exciting literacy learning experiences and opportunities.” The site also includes CELLcasts—video versions of the practice guides—and CELLposters, which can be used as quick reminders about practices parents want to try. Selected practice guides are also available in Spanish and with adaptations written specifically with children who have disabilities in mind. “The practice guides describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning.” Check them out!

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.

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One great way to teach young children about feelings and relationships is reading books with them that tackle those topics. We compiled a list of several books for children ages 0-3 that deal with social and emotional issues like managing feelings, being a friend, and solving problems. This handy list can be sorted by title, author, year of publication, age range, and topic, and can easily be downloaded and printed to share with your community. Whether you are a parent of a young child with a disability, or a service provider working with children in Early Start, we hope you find some fun new books to help teach the infant or toddler in your life the important social and emotional skills to set them up for success!

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These are just some of the many books featured on our list!

To find the list of children's books on social-emotional topics, including instructions on how to print the list, click here.

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