Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sing, Count, Read! By Naomi H.Bradley M.Ed

Sing, Count, Read!

Naomi H. Bradley M.Ed
“Mmmmmmmmm,” my 2 ½ year old child exclaimed as she ate her pasta and vegetables. Her little legs swinging from the high chair, head bobbing back and forth with delight. “It good”, she said as she struggled to grab another spoonful from her bowl before she retired the thought and began to use both hands. She’s right you know, my food is “good” but I decided now was as good a time as any to expose her to some words to use besides, “good”. I began to interrogate her on how “good” that pasta really was. Anyone with small children knows that they are natural parrots, repeating any and everything you say aloud. I said, “Faith, is it yummy?” She nodded her head up and down, “yummy”. “Is it delicious?” She tries to pronounce that word. Is it appetizing?  “yes, Ap-size-ing”. Is it scrumptious? No attempt was made at that word, just a smile and a simple head nod. I think my point was made. 

You may think me crazy for introducing synonyms to a 2 year old, but vocabulary exposure and acquisition is critical for African American children. The education theorist E.D. Hirsch wrote, There is strong evidence that increasing the general knowledge and vocabulary of a child before the age 6, is the single highest correlate with later success. We should not drop the ball with pre-school preparation in hopes that students will pick up skills later. Later may be too late. Here are 3 things that you can be doing with your preschooler now to increase literacy skills and number sense. 

  1. Sing the alphabet song to them. Whether in the car or catching the bus or during bath time, find some moments to not only sing the alphabet but to listen to them individually say each letter. Stop and pause and see if they can tell you what letter comes next. Once they’ve mastered, teach them the song backwards! (YouTube can help you learn it backwards yourself  )
  2. Count snacks. I’m not sure there’s anything that young children love more than snacks. Use that which they love to engage in mathematical thinking through counting. How many grapes or chips do you have? Once the child has mastered one-to one-correspondence, begin simple addition and subtraction, “How many would you have if I took one away?” Make counting items a part of your daily routine with your child.
  3. READ. Take time to have your child sit in your lap or right next to you and read. What should you read?, ANYTHING! From the newspaper to an article from you phone, read to your child often and aloud. Rich vocabulary is acquired through active reading. The more you read to your child the more they will love to read, and the more knowledge they will gain.

Having children is a beautiful and wonderful experience. Make sure you equip them with the skills necessary to succeed. Children of professionals are exposed to approximately 1,500 more words/hour than children growing up in poverty. Lets strive to end this word gap through literacy exposure from birth. Well ,maybe not straight from birth, but definitely once they’re all cleaned up  :)  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

3 year old reading progression and fluency!

Check out the fluency of Love Reading at her fall performance. She had just turned 3 years old a few weeks prior.

Love ❤️ 3years old A FREE book comes with the online class "Teaching Reading to the young and uninterested". January 10, 2016!www.blackbusinesswifemothertraining.com
Posted by Ñaomi Bradley on Monday, December 28, 2015

2 years old reading progression!

Check out Love phonetically reading an entire paragraph!

Love read the entire paragraph!!!! #soproud #earlyreader #2yearold #kissyourbrain #cheese
Posted by Ñaomi Bradley on Friday, May 1, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

3 Simple Ways to Promote Literacy During Easter!

When teaching small children literacy skills. The rule of thumb is to engage, engage, engage!!! The three techniques outlined below are sure to help you promote literacy with your little one throughout this Easter/Spring season. 

1.  Have an egg hunt with letters!!!

I am fortunate enough to have wooden letters available from a wooden puzzle. However, if you do not have wooden letters, there are other ways to make them. I would suggest simply writing letters on a sheet of paper, card stock, or construction paper. Then cut the letters to fit into the plastic egg. 

Hide the eggs around the house or outside. As the child finds the egg open them up and discuss the letter found in the egg. Talk with your child about the sound the letter makes, and whether it is capital or lower case. You can also take it a step further by talking about words that start and end wIth that letter!

2.  Talk about the letters in the word
 E A S T E R

There are five different letters in the word EASTER. In addition to the letter recognition, you can discuss the vowels and why the "E" says it's name. This could be a good way to introduce the blended sound of the "ST". 

3. Read a book about the Easter/Spring season!

Reading book to your little one is the most simple, engaging, and beneficial things you can do to promote literacy with your child. Incorporate reading into your daily routine with your child. 
Here are some awesome Easter themed books for children.....

-"My First Easter", by Tommy DePaola
-"Happy Easter Mouse" by Laura Numeroff
-"The Night Before Easter" by Natasha Wing

Have fun celebrating with literacy!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Even more sentence reading! (2 years old)

The ultimate goal is to have your child ready to read with little or no assistance from you! 

Below is a video of my daughter Love doing just that!

Purchase Reading at One! to learn the techniques that taught her these reading and decoding skills!

Morning reading with Love ❤️ before students arrive. #2yearsold #superintrovert #hardwork #Friday After I turned the camera off she said, "treat?" Faith Hill
Posted by Ñaomi Bradley on Friday, March 13, 2015

2 years old & Reading Sentences!

Once my daughter, Love learned to read a few words, my mother and I taught her to read sentences. It was important to guide her and remind her throughout the reading. This scaffolding allowed for mistakes to be corrected in a loving and non-judgemental way.

view below as she reads sentences

Love reading early this morning! #sentences #onlymissedoneword #proudofthisgirl #2yearsold #ignoreCharlescommentary #andhiscryingLol

Posted by Ñaomi Bradley on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Red is Rojo!

At Love Bradley Academy, we often sing the song Red is Rojo. This song reviews the colors in both Spanish and English!

The video below shows how the song was transferred to the working memory of my daughter as she recites the colors in Spanish!

Smarty Pants "Love" practicing colors in Spanish! #justturned2 #execptionalchild #sayittwoways
Posted by Ñaomi Bradley on Thursday, December 4, 2014