Let’s Celebrate Dads!

Let’s Celebrate Dads!

This week, as families come together to celebrate and honor  fathers, we want to recognize just how special and important dads are to raising happy, healthy babies. Just like moms, dads play a critical role in forming the loving and supportive bonds that nurture their newborns’ brain development, physical growth, and happiness. Studies show that children with caring and involved fathers get better grades in school, have more confidence, and are able to cope with complicated problems and emotions that they encounter on a daily basis. In celebration of Father’s Day, we’re sharing some helpful tips for how fathers can make the most of each moment they spend with the littlest learners in their life. Tip of the Week Set aside some time to play, talk, read, sing – and laugh! – with your baby. Laughing with your baby helps build emotional bonds, and laughter can release stress and improve your mood! While laughing with your baby, ask them questions like, “What makes you laugh?” or “Am I being silly?” to help your child learn to express their emotions and feelings. Family Activities for Father’s Day Do you have something special planned to celebrate Father’s Day? It’s never too late to plan something fun for the whole family! Check out some simple, low-cost ideas for spending meaningful time with your family...
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

               Hartford Public Library 2016 Summer Reading Program June 4 – August 20, 2016   Earn incentives by logging reading, attending events, and completes activites this summer!  For every 15 activities you complete, you earn a free book and a chance to win the grand prize—a LeapFrog LeapPad tablet! How It Works                                                                                             1. Sign up for the program.                                                                       2. Log your reading and activities to earn prizes.                                                            3.Keep reading all summer to be entered for the grand prize! Get started by registering on the link below…. To sign up and track your progress,click here  For a printable log, click here On Your Mark, Get Set, ...

Education Resources E-Newsletter

Education Resources E-Newsletter Vol. 12, No. 5 May 2016 In this Issue * Education Week Survey: Number of States Choosing Common Core Tests Dips to 21 *Encourage Middle School Parents to Step Up and Stay Involved *The Latest Education News from All Over the Internet *Q&A: Closing out fiscal-year budgets on time and on target Education Week Survey: Number of States Choosing Common Core Tests Dips to 21 Read full article here Encourage Middle School Parents to Step Up and Stay Involved As you know, parents can play a critical role in supporting their child’s success at school, and middle school is a particularly important stage. But it can be challenging to reach parents with important advice and information. That’s where our Parenting Corner — Parent Involvement Center (Middle School Edition) in English (EM91675) and Spanish (EM91989), comes in. This take-one information center comes with 50 copies of 6 engaging magazines — each highlighting an important middle school issue — a sturdy wire display rack, plus 3 copies of a motivational poster! The magazines are: Parenting Corner — Achieving Homework Success (Middle School Edition) (EM95560)T Parenting Corner — Help Stop Bullying! (Middle School Edition) (EM95548)T Parenting Corner — Raising A Drug-Free Child (Middle School Edition) (EM91304)T Parenting Corner — Ensuring Your Child’s School Attendance (Middle School Edition) (EM91087)T Parenting Corner — Encouraging Respect & Responsibility (Middle School Edition) (EM91187)T Parenting Corner — Staying Active In Your Child’s Education (Middle School Edition) (EM95517)T We’re so certain that you’ll appreciate the quality and effectiveness of the publications featured in this information center, we’re offering you an opportunity to have samples mailed right...
The Special Role of Moms

The Special Role of Moms

This week we are celebrating mothers and the special bond they share with their babies, which plays an enormous role in children’s early development. Maternal bonds help children build a strong sense of safety and self-esteem, which are vital to healthy social-emotional development. It starts with simple, everyday interactions. Talking, reading and singing about the things you see and do together is a great way to start building bonds from birth! Research shows that the emotional bond created between a mother and her baby can help build healthy bodies and minds! How do you create this bond? By being responsive to your baby’s needs: soothing her when she cries, comforting her when she’s upset, and interacting with her on a daily basis. Lots of warm hugs, kisses, and smiles build bonds, too! Bonding with your newborn baby is a very important and pleasurable aspects of parenting, for both mothers and fathers. Check out this great resource to learn all you need to know about bonding with your baby Tip of The Week Newborn babies –even if they can’t talk yet—love to hear your voice and can respond to your words, touch and eye-to-eye contact. Hold your baby close and talk with him or her. You can talk about anything: your day, a story, what you are doing in the moment. Your baby will love the attention and the sound of your voice! In Case You Missed It     Newborn babies –even if they can’t talk yet—love to hear your voice and can respond to your words, touch and eye-to-eye contact. Hold your baby close and talk with him or...
Developing Your Child’s Sense of Humor

Developing Your Child’s Sense of Humor

Did you know that babies make jokes before they can even talk? They are little comedians! Research shows that even babies can try to act goofy and make you laugh. Humor starts early and has many benefits for children’s development. Laughing together is a great way to bond with your child, and a sense of humor can boost children’s self-esteem and help them handle challenges. Here are some helpful resources to start giggling together: A sense of humor is a learned quality that you can help your child develop! Depending on their age, children appreciate different types of humor. Find out what’s funny to your little one so you can laugh together and help her learn to appreciate and share humor. To encourage your children to develop a sense of humor, create a humor-rich environment for them. Reading funny books is a great start! Check out this great list of books to look for at your local library. Tip of the Week: Children find humor in the unexpected. That’s why your little one laughs when you put socks on your hands and make funny faces! Children also love rhyming sounds, especially funny rhymes like banana, zanana, fanana. You can even make up silly rhymes using your child’s...
Great Read Alouds for Kids: Babies to Grade 3

Great Read Alouds for Kids: Babies to Grade 3

  “It’s a busy life filled with lots of things to do and even more distractions. But there’s one pursuit that can be fun for everyone involved, plus it has benefits that will have a lifelong impact. All that’s needed is a comfy place, an adult, one child or more, and a good book to share.”   How do you choose what to read aloud to your child? The first thing to ask yourself is simply: Do I like it? Then consider if you’re comfortable with the content. Is there something that you may want to omit or that you’d rather not tackle with your child? Children seem to know instinctively when an adult really likes something or if they’re just faking it. Sometimes children respond differently to a book than the adults who try to share it. A book that the adult thinks is fantastic may get a ho-hum or downright negative response from the listener or sometimes the reverse is true, too. That’s OK; children have tastes, though sometimes they’re just not ready for a particular book. It’s perfectly acceptable to put a book down or not finish it. Just try another one. You might want to keep in mind that if a book resounds with the child, chances are you’ll wind up reading it frequently. A book has got to wear well for both the reader and the listener. Previewing a book, reading it aloud, before reading it aloud with a child is always recommended! Speaking of wearing well, do you like the sounds of the words you’re reading? Are they interesting to hear? Try reading...