American Academy Of Pediatrics Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule

This morning on NPR's Morning Edition I was startled to hear that the American Academy of Pediatrics had new thoughts about their "No Screens Under Age 2" rule. The advisory came out in 1999 and applied to television. With the advent of all the technology used these days there is more to consider. This article outlines some good guidelines about tech use with our wee ones. Click here to read the article or listen to a recording of the broadcast below.
 
Think about this - a parent not wanting their child to read in Kindergarten - How do you feel about that?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jessica-smock/i-dont-want-my-son-to-read-in-kindergarten_b_11800816.html?section=us_education

Here are some tip sheets for families and child care providers from the U.S. Department of Education entitled: Early Learning: Talk, Read and Sing! Check them out!  http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/index.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= 

Toddling Toward Reading

Introduction to the PBS and Reading Rockets "Launching Young Readers" series.
This is very thought provoking - worth the read!
The D.A.P. Gap: Is Cute the Enemy of Quality? 
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dap-gap-cute-enemy-quality-karen-n-nemeth 

Interactive Reading in Real Time

Most of the time when I hear the word interactive these days I associate it with games, reading or other activities using some kind of technology. An article I read in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning got me thinking about the multiple ways we can encourage literacy with all ages of kids with cook books. The Sentinel article has reviews of several good books for doing science experiments in the kitchen. Below are a few more that are for cooking. The links go to reviews on Amazon but I'd suggest going to your local library first. Most of our libraries are on line so you can see if they have the book you are interested in before you make the trip. If you are on Google+ there is a Google Community called Cooking with Kids that has some wonderful recipes.

Books for Cooking with Kids

The benefits of bedtime stories! Building inner vocabulary, the benefits of reading a book "one more time," and some suggested books for bedtime.

http://www.parents.com/fun/entertainment/books/the-brainy-benefits-of-bedtime-stories/