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Autumn is in full swing and though most of us welcome the vibrant colors of the season, some find this time of change difficult. Consider sharing the story Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley with your child but also take the time to get outdoors and enjoy the changes taking place, perhaps even sitting among the trees and reading a story or perhaps try some storytelling. Children always love a made-up story and you can never get it wrong. Stories began with the oral tradition and were then passed down through the generations. Telling your children stories allows you to pass on your values while also increasing focus and attention as you both maintain eye contact with no pages to turn or illustrations to peruse. Children must engage their senses to make the story come to life. Engaging children in storytelling is also a way to help support oral language and vocabulary development as well as listening skills while also increasing imagination and strengthening confidence as they use elements from their life to tell their story. Just remember there is no right or wrong so have fun with it even if the story gets crazy and doesn’t make any sense. To add some fun to the idea, read The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears by Alastair Chisholm.
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We are mom Sandra and daughters Amanda and Kate, all with backgrounds in literacy and education, who want to share our philosophy of taking the basics of life; books, simple toys that encourage play, imagination and creativity, and using cooking and baking to teach math and real life skills to raise happy, inquisitive children. Join us in exploring the old and the new and sifting through the myriad of research to consider what is best for our children.