Intergenerational Rhymes that Bind

“When an old person dies a whole library disappears.” – African proverb Rhymes that Bind is an oral family literacy program that parents and their children attend together. It encourages parents to sing, rhyme, talk, and play with their children … Continue reading

60 Days of Summer!

Summer has just started, so why am I writing about the end of summer already? While I hate to write about summer’s end so soon, for some parents the end of summer marks a new and exciting beginning—Kindergarten! In Alberta, … Continue reading

Our Babies can Talk to Us?

Our babies can talk to us? What does that look like and how do we respond? Serve and Return Early forms of communication between parents and babies are referred to as serve and return. Babies serve by cooing, smiling, reaching, crying, etc. … Continue reading

The 5 W’s of Rhyming

Who? Anyone can learn a rhyme and use it. Moms, dads, grandparents, childcare providers, siblings, everyone! Where? You guessed it, anywhere! The obvious place is at home, but you can use rhymes at the doctor’s office, in the car, at … Continue reading

The Power of a Rhyme

Have you ever had to wait with a toddler in a doctor’s office listening in vain for those sweet, sweet words, “He’s ready for you,” or in what looks like the longest lineup to the checkout that you’ve ever seen? … Continue reading

Digging a Groove Your Child Can Grow In

Singing is a great tool for developing language and literacy skills in your children. Making a ritual of singing during daily routines also adds fun to tasks that children may not always see as fun (diaper changing/going potty, putting on their … Continue reading