A few posts that I think are great....
- Jenae at I Can Teach My Child discusses the value of wordless picture books, and I couldn't agree with her more! In Books, Toddlers, and Language, I told you how sometimes it's best to ignore the words in a book and just describe the pictures instead; wordless picture books make it super duper easy to do just that. When looking at these books with beginning language learners, you can use use simple language modeling as your little one flips through the pictures at his own rate. Then, as he grows into his preschool years, you can help your child's imagination grow along with his language as you teach him to weave the pictures together into stories.
- Allison at No Time For Flashcards hosts her weekly Link-n-Learn, where over 80 blogs link up their best posts of the week (I may or may not be one of the blogs that likes to link-n-learn). The links are chock full of fun activities into which all kinds of language can easily be worked. Her website is also an amazing resource of books and crafts, sorted by category.
- Lisa over at The Huffington Post touches on why parents of babies and toddlers shouldn't feel pressure to fall into the "teach your baby to read" craze. Teaching your baby to read might sound pretty awesome, but many researchers believe that drilling a child with flashcards only teaches him to respond rotely to symbols that he can't really yet understand. They worry that doing so takes away from the rich language-based conversations about the world that is flowing around him. Instead of drilling with flashcards, engaging your child in simple conversations about the things that interest him will help him develop the full meaning of the vocabulary words he will need to understand his reading later on--when he's really ready to read. Language and love in the early years will give way to smarts and reading the the elementary ones.