Incorporating books into your nightly routine is a great way to not only wind down after a long day but also a great way to expand language. But- what do you do if your child is just not into a book every night? Here are 5 alternatives to a nighttime book that are calming AND still give plenty of opportunity for language development.Continue reading “5 Ways To Enrich Your Toddler’s Bedtime Without Books”
Books are an easy and accessible way to expand your child’s language skills. Through the beauty of books you can build on background knowledge, teach basic concepts, vocabulary, and sequencing. How amazing is that? All from books.
March is read across America month. Started in 1998 by the National Education Association to encourage reading, the movement was inspired by the birthdate of Dr. Seuss. Although many of Dr. Seuss’s books are much too long to keep this speech therapist’s attention, there are some real gems among his collection. Below is my fav.Continue reading “Grow Your Child’s Speech and Language Skills With Books”
We are definitely ready for Elsa to bring back summer, but in the meantime, enjoy the health benefits of just being outside in the fresh air; it’s an easy way to promote the overall development of your children. Providing these opportunities to play outside naturally engages their senses, speech, and motor development at the very least.
The Sunshine Vitamin, brought to you by Nurture Notetakers Alison Unger, a Registered Dietitian and Danielle Kinney, a Pediatric and Integrative Nutrition student.Continue reading “Snow Much Fun”
February is black history month! Today, we are going to talk about some great activities and books that you can do with your toddler or preschooler.
My main source for books is always the library. Even during the pandemic- your local library is still open. The way you check out books just may be a little different. Another option is YouTube. You can also find read aloud options to most any book out there when you don’t have one on hand. However, remember, you don’t get the same language opportunities with a video. Children learn language best from interactions, if you choose the video option, be sure to make it interactive! Make comments, point out interesting things just as you would if you were reading the book yourself. And as always…. have fun!
- Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
A simply worded and easy read- this book will be sure to keep your toddler’s attention. It includes 18 trailblazing women who have changed the world. It is inspiring and as goodreads perfectly states, “Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn’t always accept them”Continue reading “Celebrate Black History Month”
Heart Awareness is observed throughout February. Why is this important to us here at The Nurture Notebook? Well, for several reasons, and they all revolve around our love for both parents and their children.
- A healthy heart allows a parent to have more energy and enables them to feel better able to care for their children.
- Being educated on the signs and symptoms of heart conditions for both adults and children boosts a parent’s confidence.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in America (heart.org).
- Pregnancy actually provides insight into a mom’s cardiovascular health.
PregnancyContinue reading “Be a Heart-Healthy Family”
Working with children and their parents is a form of love. We love what we do and are devoted to developing and supporting parents and their children. So, with February highlighting Heart Awareness and Valentine’s Day, it is the perfect month for our team to come together and create our first blog to nurture the love that exists within your family.
Valentine’s Day isn’t only for love-struck teenagers passing out candy-grams, flowers, and teddy bears. Creatively displaying love is for all ages, whether it be your child, bestie, partner, or spouse, and it does not need to be observed only on Valentine’s Day. Rather, carry it in your heart all year round, with your family, with your friends, with your community, and in your career. With that said, Valentine’s Day fun (or 14 days of Valentine’s fun), can be a creative, colorful avenue to promote happiness in your home during the cold, grey days between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. We hope these ideas inspire you and your family to show each other love in fun ways.Continue reading “14 Ways to Say “I Love You””
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“Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow. A connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them — we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.” — Brené Brown