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Feb, 2018

It is never to early to read to your baby

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In the first years of life, your child’s brain develops faster than at any other stage. During this time, the simple things you to together each day can have an enormous impact. Even though your baby isn’t reading yet, sharing books and reading stories is such a valuable way to develop your baby’s pre-literacy and language skills. It is important to familiarise your child with how a storybook works, the beginning, the end, and how text reads from left to right. Tips for reading to your baby Choose a book […]

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Aug, 2017

What is marginalia?

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For centuries, readers have inscribed books with handwritten marginal notes, or marginalia.   These annotations can serve as ownership indicators, inscriptions, study notes, summaries, or they can facilitate what has been described as social reading in which two or more readers discuss the book’s contents in a margin-based conversation.   Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the term marginalia to encompass all such annotations, but the practice is as old as the printed book and even older: marginalia have been found in scrolls painstakingly copied down by medieval monks.  Marginalia can serve […]

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Sep, 2016

Building World Knowledge and Vocabulary

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Reading a book with your child doesn’t have to mean starting at the start and reading through to the back page in one go. Children’s picture books (e.g. Grandpa and Thomas, by Pamela Allen) are a great way to build your child’s knowledge of how a book works and how the story goes. Examine the cover. Where does the story take place? What do you see on the cover? Who is at the beach? What can you do at the beach? Where’s the name of the book? Who wrote this book? […]

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