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The Power of Stories with David Ward & Maurice Sendak

Not only are our brains prewired for stories, it seems as if our hearts are too. Yesterday’s post talked about the support for learning to read that reading books and sharing stories can give to child . But stories have a magic that can touch our hearts and tap into our emotions. A story can bypass the “No-to-Everything” of a toddler, the “but-I’m- my own-boss” of a preschooler, even the “my-parents-are-so-dumb” of an adolescent. Stories can weave the past, present, and future all together, going beyond time and space. Maybe that’s why they are so powerful.

Happy 85th Birthday, Maurice Sendak

Happy 85th Birthday, Maurice Sendak

One reason why children’s brains develop so fast at this age could be because of the enormous challenge of all they things kids have to learn. Kids need to develop a basic knowledge of their bodies and how to make the parts work together. Emotions and feelings are on the inside making them even harder to figure out. Language requires lots of learning. Play is one of the ways that children learn and stories that they hear, or sometimes, tell themselves, are another.

LearnandPlaywithMrsALIVE_2012-08-27.mp3For a child who is afraid of monsters, the story about how daddy throws his stinky socks under the bed and the monsters all run away, can solve that problem. Having stories about kids who find it hard to cope with a new baby brother or sister can also help. There are stories about moving,  being scared to go to school, dealing with teasing, parents who are divorcing, and kids having two homes, two moms or two dads. There are stories about ADD, autism, and other special needs or situations.

Goggle recognizes the importance of stories and had a delightful goggle-doodle animation of Where the Wild Things Are and other books by Maurice Sendak. Stories for kids often have fun and humor, something needed for a positive outlook. Recently, parent, author, teacher, story-teller, and college professor David Ward, shared his thoughts about the power of stories on my Learn and Play with Mrs. A radio show. During our conversation he mentioned that one of the most important elements to include in a story is hope, even or perhaps especially, for children. Have you used stories to help your child learn and grow?

The Power of Stories for Early Learning

Did you know that human beings are hard-wired for story? Our brains crave stories as a brain-food and they are a powerful tool for all kinds of teaching and learning. As parents and caregivers we can use stories with children as another way to support their development. On my radio show Learn and Play withContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness and Early Learning Basics: Music

Parents and caregivers often ask what young children need to know before kindergarten; this is the 21st in a series of blog posts on kindergarten readiness and early learning basics. No matter the age of your little one, this will give you a general picture of what to do as your child’s very first teacher.Continue Reading

Some Handy Ideas for Kindergarten Readiness: Talking

Hands that talk are great fun and can be part of  kindergarten readiness learning. Today, hands can say/show about fall. This is an easy one to do: Signing a few words is another way to stimulate early brain development. As children learn to connect a word and an action, their brains are making connections too.Continue Reading

Some Handy Ideas for Kindergarten Readiness: Tickles

When we think of kindergarten readiness, all too often academics is the first thing that comes to mind. But emotions is also an important part of children’s early learning. In fact, the brain is most sensitive to the development of emotional control about the age of one year old. For more impact, check out thisContinue Reading

Play & Learn for Kindergarten Readiness: in the Laundry Room

With longer to-do lists than than you have time in a day, supporting children to develop brain connections and kindergarten readiness needs to combine play and learning with other things–even doing the laundry. With a little creativity, the laundry can be fun. Here is how: To play the mountain game, take the clothes out of the hamper and sortContinue Reading

Play & Learn for Kindergarten Readiness: in the Bedroom

Healthy bodies and healthy brains grow as children play, developing kindergarten readiness. Every room in your house has learning and play opportunities. This post explores some of these in your child’s own bedroom. The bedroom can start the day with play and end it the same way. Depending on schedules, if there is no timeContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness Rocks! Rockstar Fun and Learning

Kindergarten readiness is really rocking. Singing is fun for kids and it is a great learning activity. It supports learning and readiness in several ways: promotes language fluency and acquiring new words stimulates brain connections and development for patterns exercises remembering skills for words, tune, patterns, etc. helps for learning math by using a systemContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Is IQ More Important Or Attitude?

Every day this month, blog posts have looked at the question of IQ/intelligence and kindergarten readiness. Each area of multiple intelligence was outlined and support activities included. Then, the role of the 5 senses as well as tips on how to promote growth in those areas was explored. More suggestions followed for individual learning styles.Continue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Brains & Kinesthetic Learning Style

Developing kindergarten readiness includes supporting different ways to learn. Even now, are some things easier for you to learn than others? Brains have different ways to learn, a sort of learning personality. These preferences and individual strengths in the way we learn are called learning styles. Generally, there are 3 basic learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. WhileContinue Reading

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