Monday, December 30, 2013

We're taking a small break for New Years!

We have no children's or teen events this week, but please feel free to stop by the library to get your books, magazines, DVDs, and more! Ms. Tegan is taking a small break and Miss Michelle's Story Guitar Time is on break this week.


Please note we do have special hours this week:


  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - Library closes @ 3 PM.
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - Library is closed for New Years Day! Happy New Year!
  • Thursday, January 2, 2014 - The library is open regular hours.

Events will resume the week of January 6. See you then!


For future events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Winter Party Wrap-Up!

Merry Winter to you and yours! This is a wonderful season for snuggling in blankets with a good book, and with hot chocolate (which many of our attendees said they LOVED). There were around 30 adults and kids at our Winter Party Event! Below is a recap about what we read, what we did, and what we made (with photo!).

What We Read
(The titles will take you to the catalog to request the book.)
What We Did
  •  Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear A Story" and "The More We Read Together."
  • Recited "The Five Little Snowmen."
  • Recited "I'm a Little Snowman" which is similar to "I'm a Little Teapot."
  • Sang and danced the "Snowkey Pokey."
What We Made
 
We had a craft too. "Name" Snowmen! This was a great activity for children to practice writing and letter knowledge (early literacy skills!). Everyone made awesome snowmen. Here's my example (That reads "Ms. T."):


December 2013 Lego Club Photos!

Lego Club met three times this month and we had a great time building anything on December 12 and 26, and anything winter on December 19.

Normally, Lego Club meets 2 times a month. Lego Club generally meets on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:30 PM. Our next sessions will be January 9 and January 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Since it has been a busy month, I've added all the photos into one Flickr set for you to take a look at. Check out the slideshow here:

If you'd like a specific photo of your child's creation, please feel free to contact me! Use our Contact Us form here and select "Youth." Please let me know which photo.

Hope to see you in January! Please feel free to bring a friend.

The event is open to those ages 3-12. Ages 3-5 must attend with a trusted adult. Those ages 6-12 may attend alone, but a trusted adult must remain in the library during the event. The library provides the Duplos and Legos.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Children's Events - Week of December 23

Here's what's coming up this week:

Monday, December 23

  • No Events Today. Check out books and movies for Winter Break!
Tuesday, December 24 & Wednesday, December 25
  • Closed for the Holiday!
Thursday, December 26
  • An Extra Lego Club Session at 4:30 PM
 Friday, December 27
    Saturday, December 28
    • Art with Miss Laura at 10:30 AM at Ambler. Sign up at Ambler.
    • Tween/Teen Crafternoon: Duck Tape! At Blue Bell at 2 PM. Please register.

    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

    Cookie Decorating Photos!

    Once again, WVPL hosted our (so far) annual Holiday Cookie Decorating for Kids! We had a good turnout this year. Here are the photos of the decorated cookies!


    Our next events of interest coming up are:
    • Lego Club, Thursday, December 26 @ 4:30 PM (this is a special session! Ages 3-12. No registration.)
    • Winter Party, Friday, December 27 @ 11 AM (Ages 2-6. Register for the craft!)
    • Tween/Teen Crafternon: Duct Tape! Saturday, December 28 @ 2 PM (Ages 11-17. Registration required)

    Monday, December 16, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of December 16

    Here's what we have happening this week:

    Monday, December 16
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, December 17
    • Holiday Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Ambler at 10:30 AM. 
    Wednesday, December 18
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    • Middle School Book Group at Ambler at 4:30 PM. For those in grades 6-8. Learn more and register here.
    Thursday, December 19
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Ambler.
    • Blue Bell Lego Club at 4:30 PM at Blue Bell.
    Friday, December 20
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, December 21
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

    December 12 Lego Club Photos!

    We had a small group at Lego Club this past Thursday. The theme for this session was: ANYTHING. Here's what was built:






    Our next sessions are:
    • Thursday, December 19 @ 4:30 PM
    • Thursday, December 26 @ 4:30 PM (an extra special session this month!)

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Baby Story Time - December 12 - What Was Read





    Tuesday's snow was the perfect backdrop to our Baby Story Time today! We read books and recited rhymes about winter and snow! It is perfect to be able to go out from story time and talk about the snow that was in our books today.


    Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 18 months). We'll read stories, sing songs, chant rhymes, and play with baby! Baby Story Time is also an event for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills to help prepare baby for reading as well as to help foster a love of reading. Our next session is January 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM. Drop in to check out how it works and you can sign up to be reminded of future sessions.

    What Was Read

    What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together." 
    • Sang "Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes."
    • Recited a rhyme about "Five Little Snowmen."
    • Recited the bounce rhyme "I bounce you here, there, everywhere." (Source)  
     Early Literacy Tip
    • Phonological awareness is the ability to hear the rhythm of language and the smaller sounds within words. This ability is helpful to our babies when they start talking and reading. Researchers have found that it "helps children sound out words when they learn to read."
    • The Holiday season is here and a great way to work on phonological awareness is to sing! Sing to baby any time of the year and make up songs or adapt.

    Monday, December 9, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of December 9

    Here's what we have happening this week:

    Monday, December 9
    Tuesday, December 10
    Wednesday, December 11
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    Thursday, December 12
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Ambler at 4:30 PM.
    • Blue Bell Lego Club at 4:30 PM at Blue Bell. 
    Friday, December 13
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, December 14
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    Baby Story Time - December 5 - What Was Read

    Today, I our theme was counting! Everyone enjoyed the stories and the rhymes.

    There is one more session of Baby Story Time on December 12 at 10:10 AM! Drop in to see what it is about.

    Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 18 months). We'll read stories, sing songs, chant rhymes, and play with baby! Baby Story Time is also an event for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills to help prepare baby for reading as well as to help foster a love of reading.

    What Was Read

    What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together." 
    • Recited a rhyme that started with: "Two Little Eyes to Look Around."
    • Recited "Two Little Black Birds" (Traditional)
      • Two little blackbirds (touch shoulders or hold out fingers)
        Sitting on a hill.
        One named Jack
        One named Jill.
        Fly away Jack. (Send hand away)
        Fly away Jill. (Send hand away)
        Come back Jack. (Return hand)
        Come back Jill. (Return hand) 
    • Recited the bounce rhyme "I bounce you here, there, everywhere." (Source
    Early Literacy Tip
    • In the beginning I talked about print awareness in regards to books. Today, print awareness is about recognizing symbols. Just like pointing out a word in a book, pointing out how many on a page and the number symbol can help build recognition for a baby. We’re not teaching them to learn numbers, just introducing it.
    • Talk and play help with the awareness of symbols! If you point to one and say “one” or point to a “one,” baby will see that. Counting is an opportunity to bring in all of the activities from writing in the sand, to point to a block with a number, to talking about how many of something there is.

    Baby Story Time - November 21 - What Was Read

    It seems I forgot to post the November 21st Baby Story Time (as I write this in December)! Oops! Here it is now. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends alike and baby enjoyed Thanksgiving as well.

    There is one more Baby Story Time on December 12 at 10:10 AM and that is when I'll announce how to sign up for future sessions.

    Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 18 months). We'll read stories, sing songs, chant rhymes, and play with baby! Baby Story Time is also an event for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills to help prepare baby for reading as well as to help foster a love of reading.

    What Was Read

    What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together."
    • Recited a flannel rhyme "Five Little Pumpkins." (Source)
    • Recited "My Turkey" with a turkey puppet! (Source: Delaware County Library System)
    • Recited the bounce rhyme "I bounce you here, there, everywhere." (Source)
    Early Literacy Tip
    • The holiday season is a great time to build vocabulary. Babies can hear a variety of words from the food on the table to family members to decorations around the house. You are their teacher for new vocabulary, words and meaning, so your gestures and facial expressions will help teach them what the word is.
    • Talk to baby! At the holidays, family members can also talk to baby, or you can take baby around and talk. Introduce family members or say “There is Uncle/Aunt!” Point to decorations, food, and elaborate and repeat. “Did you like the peas? Would you like more peas?” You, parents, caregivers, are their first teacher.

    What Was Read - Morris Arboretum - December 3

    Welcome December! What that means for the Morris Arboretum is lights and trains! (I took a small walk after Story Time this week). You know December also means? The beginning of winter! We read stories about snowmen and doing snow things!

    What Was Read

    What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together."
    • Recited "Five Little Snowmen."
    • Sang "Make a Snowball" with actions.
    • Sand and danced the "Snowkey Pokey."

    Monday, December 2, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of December 2

    Here's what we have coming up this week:

    Monday, December 2
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, December 3
    Wednesday, December 4
    •  Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    Thursday, December 5
    • Baby Story Time with Ms. Tegan at Blue Bell at 10:10 AM.
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Ambler.
    Friday, December 6
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, December 7
    • No events planned today.
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of November 25

    Here's what's coming up this week:

    Monday, November 25
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, November 26
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Ambler at 10:30 AM. 
     Wednesday, November 27
    • NO Story-Guitar Time today.
    • WVPL closes at 5 PM.
    Thursday, November 28
    • WVPL is closed .
    • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Friday, November 29
    • NO Story-Guitar Time.
    • Money Magic Show with Craig Collis at 4:00 PM at Blue Bell.
    Saturday, November 30
    • Check out the Teen Blog for the Teen Event today.

    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    November Lego Club Pictures!

    We had great Lego Clubs during the month of November! Here are the pictures (click on the link)!

    Our next sessions will be at 4:30 PM on:
    • December 12
    • December 19
    • December 26
    Hope to see you then!

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of November 18

    Here's what's coming up this week:

    Monday, November 18
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, November 19
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Ambler at 10:30 AM. 
     Wednesday, November 20
    • CANCELLED - Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    • Middle School Book Group at Ambler at 4:30 PM. For those in grades 6-8. Learn more and register here.
    Thursday, November 21
    Friday, November 22
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, November 23
    • Art with Miss Laura at 10:30 AM at Ambler.
    • Tween/Teen Crafternoon: Wrap It Up! Gift Wrap Crafts at 2 PM at Blue Bell. Learn more and register here.
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    International Games Day 2013!

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    Happy  International Games Day where libraries around the world host gaming at the library! We had our own little version right here in Blue Bell. We had families trying out some new games and our Xbox. Here are a few of the highlights in photos:

    Playing Candy Land

    Young Jedis training on the Xbox 360
    Conquering the world with Heroes of the World. (Many thanks to the family who shared this!)
    A young Jedi in training.

    Mom teaching her daughter how to play.
     We offer gaming programs occasionally throughout the year, but be sure to look for the next International Games Day in November 2014.

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Baby Story Time - November 14 - What Was Read

    Baby Story Time is going through some changes! Please be patient as I try out some new things.

    This week, we had a great crowd attending for our theme on Opposites! Again, we're not teaching the concept, but working to introduce the concept and words to your baby.

    Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 18 months). We'll read stories, sing songs, chant rhymes, and play with baby! Baby Story Time is also an event for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills to help prepare baby for reading as well as to help foster a love of reading.

    What We Read

    What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together."
    • Recited a flannel rhyme called "5 Clean & Squeaky Pigs." I adapted this from a longer version I used this summer.
    • Sang a song similar to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" but made it into an action activity where we clapped our hands, patted our knees, and hugged a friend.
    • Recited the bounce rhyme "I bounce you here, there, everywhere." (Source)
    Early Literacy Tip
    • In order to better understand their world, babies need to develop background knowledge. Background knowledge is similar to laying a foundation. We’re not forcing them to learn a concept, but introducing it, maybe with books, maybe with play, helps ready your child for success in learning.
    • Play is a great way to build literacy! Babies explore through their world, so play is a great opportunity to reinforce and introduce concepts for their background knowledge. When you are playing with baby, mention how something is hard or soft, light or dark, baby is up and now baby is down.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Baby Story Time - November 7 - What Was Read

    Baby Story Time is in full swing again and we had a lovely group to enjoy stories. As one caregiver guessed, we read about Cats & Dogs today!

    Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 18 months). We'll read stories, sing songs, chant rhymes, and play with baby! Baby Story Time is also an event for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills to help prepare baby for reading as well as to help foster a love of reading.

    What Was Read

    What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together."  
    • Recited "Five Little Kittens" Rhyme. 
    • Recited Action Rhyme "I Have Fur." (Source)
    • Recited rhyme "Leg Over Leg" (Source)
      • "Leg over leg,
        The dog went to Dover.
        When he came to a wall,
        He jumped right over."
    • Recited the bounce rhyme "I bounce you here, there, everywhere." (Source)

    Early Literacy Tip
    • Print awareness includes knowing how books are held and read. Researchers say that it is important that children know how to handle a book, and it is a step to reading. Books also show babies how important print is to convey ideas. This may seem like an abstract concept to baby, but is part of the foundation we’re building. 
    • When you read with your child, take a moment to point out words on the page, especially if you are reading a “word” book that has one word on the page. Don’t ask them to repeat it, just point to it, read it, and continue reading. If you have a book that has a repeating phrase, such as our Up Dog, you can point out "Up." This helps inform babies that books aren’t just about pictures, but they are about words and ideas.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    What Was Read - Morris Arboretum - November 5

    Can you believe it is November all ready? The clocks have been set back, the leaves have turned brilliant colors, and I'm sharing Thanksgiving stories! We had a small group at Morris Arboretum's Story Time, but we had fun nonetheless!

    What Was Read
     What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together."
    • Recited  The Turkey (Rhyme found here)
      • " The turkey is a funny bird.
        Its head goes wobble, wobble.
        And all it knows is just one word:
        "Gobble, gobble, gobble."
        "
    • Sang and danced the Turkey Trot! (To the tune of the Hokey Pokey)

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of November 11

    Here's what's coming up this week:

    Monday, November 11
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, November 12
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Ambler at 10:30 AM. 
    • CANCELLED Middle School Book Group at Blue Bell at 4:30 PM. For those in grades 6-8.
     Wednesday, November 13
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    Thursday, November 14
    Friday, November 15
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, November 16
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of November 4

    Here's what's coming up this week:

    Monday, November 4
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, November 5 (Today is election day! Blue Bell is a polling place!)
     Wednesday, November 6
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    Thursday, November 7
    • Baby Story Time with Ms. Tegan at 10:00 AM. Learn more here! Registration is full.
    • There is NO Story-Guitar Time today due to...
    • Meet the Geeks at 4:30 PM at Blue Bell. This is  where you can find Miss Michelle today.
    Friday, November 8
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, November 9
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of October 28

    Here's what's coming up this week:

    Monday, October 28
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, October 29
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Ambler at 10:30 AM. 
     Wednesday, October 30
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    Thursday, October 31
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Ambler.
    Friday, November 1
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, November 2
    • No events this weekend
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of October 21

    Here's what's coming up this week:

    Monday, October 21
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, October 22
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Ambler at 10:30 AM. 
     Wednesday, October 23
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    Thursday, October 24
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Ambler.
    • Juggling Show and Halloween Party at 7:00 PM at Ambler.
    Friday, October 25
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, October 26
    • Art with Laura at Ambler at 10:30 AM.
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Baby Story Time - October 17 - What Was Read

    We've wrapped up the first Fall Baby Story Time session for 2013 with an almost full house! Our second Fall session starts November 7th. At the moment, the session (5-weeks) is full, but please do sign up on our waiting list as spots do open up.

    Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 18 months). We'll read stories, sing songs, chant rhymes, and play with baby! Baby Story Time is also an event for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills to help prepare baby for reading as well as to help foster a love of reading.

    Busy Busy Babies was our theme today! Vroom! Zoom!

    What Was Read
    What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together."  
    • Sang "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" while pointing to the body part.
    • Sang "The Wheels on the Bus."
    • Recited a bounding rhyme titled "I'm Bouncing!"
     Early Literacy Tip
    • One topic we have not covered is letter knowledge. At this age, letters are worth introducing, but it will take time for your child to recognize the letter. Letter knowledge is the ability to identify the first letter in his/her name and to find it in books. Use letter toys as you play, or point out letters as you read, which is today’s tip. 
    •  Try to read every day, a few minutes here, a few minutes there. As your baby grows older, s/he will sit for longer stories and start to understand how to use a book. Point out pictures, letters. Gently trace the letter with their finger.

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Children's Events - Week of October 14

    Here's what's coming up this week:

    Monday, October 14
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell at 10:30 AM.
    Tuesday, October 15
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at Ambler at 10:30 AM. 
     Wednesday, October 16
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Blue Bell.
    • Middle School Book Group at Ambler at 4:30 PM. For those in grades 6-8. Learn more and register here.
    Thursday, October 17
    • Baby Story Time with Ms. Tegan at 10:00 AM. Learn more and sign up here!
    • Story-Guitar Time at 4:30 PM with Miss Michelle at Ambler.
    • Blue Bell Lego Club at 4:30 PM at Blue Bell.
    Friday, October 18
    • Story-Guitar Time with Miss Michelle at 10:30 AM.
    Saturday, October 19
    • No events this weekend.
    For these events and more, visit our Kids Page here! Or follow on Twitter @WVPLYouth

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Baby Story Time - October 10 - What Was Read

    I'm getting over a cold, which I talked about before we started. I talked about how I couldn't smell because of my cold and guess what? Today's theme was SENSES!

    Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 18 months). We'll read stories, sing songs, chant rhymes, and play with baby! Baby Story Time is also an event for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills to help prepare baby for reading as well as to help foster a love of reading.

    What Was Read What We Did
    • Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together." 
    • Recited a rhyme about how two eyes see, two ears hear, one nose smells, and one mouth eats yummy treats.
    • Sang "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" as we pointed to each part.
    • Recited a bounce rhyme called "Trot, Trot to Boston."
    Early Literacy Tip


    • Background Knowledge: Children are learning through their sense from day 1 and all of that learning is setting up a foundation for them as they grow older. This background knowledge is important for child. While it may not seem they understand the concept of senses, they do recognize that the floor feels different (carpet vs. wood) and that something looks different. Talk to them about their world. Talk about what they may be hearing, seeing, or touching (“Oh, that feels soft”). The descriptors you use help lay the foundation for reading and understanding their world.
    • Talk! Talk! Talk! Talk to your baby. Narrate the day or talk about what is going on or think out loud as you make a meal and they watch. Use “I feel,” “I hear,” as jumping off points to introduce new words and reinforce old ones. Talk in specifics in an attempt to identify things. Baby doesn’t always know that “it” means the chair or phone.