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    3 Easy Ways to Support Your Pre-schooler’s Social-Emotional Development at the Playground

    Does your pre-schooler pretend to be a space explorer? A dinosaur? A princess? Playing pretend is great news. It means that your child’s Social-Emotional Learning is thriving. Social-Emotional Learning is when your child uses information, skills, and mindsets to form healthy identities, understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve their own goals, feel and express empathy, form and maintain healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions.

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  • Two young boys sit at a table at school, looking at the camera while holding pieces of a puzzle

    How to Help Your 3-4 Year Old Manage Their Emotions at School

    Are your child’s tantrums getting shorter in length when you leave them at school or daycare? Does your child change their behavior in different settings, like at school or home? Good news: Those are Social-Emotional milestones that your child is achieving!

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  • A beaming young girl holds up her book that she is very excited to read and her Storypod speaker

    How to Strengthen Your Child’s Literacy Skills Using Their Favorite Books

    Does your child ask for more books on a particular subject, in their favorite series, or by their favorite authors? That’s good news for many reasons! It means your child is developing background knowledge about characters, situations, events, and people that they read about.

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  • A mother and toddler sit on the floor laughing and hugging as they listen to Craftie stories on their Storypod

    How to Support Your 12 Month Old’s Language Development With These Easy Phrases

    Is your 12 month old starting to copy your speech sounds, say simple words they’ve heard like, “uh-oh” or “dada”, understand easy instructions like, “let’s go”, register words for everyday items like “shirt”, or turn to look at sounds they hear? That’s wonderful! Those are language development milestones that occur at around 12 months.

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    How to Strengthen Your Child’s Literacy Skills in Everyday Conversations

    Does your child ask you “what does that mean?” when they hear you talking to others? That’s fantastic! It means your child is developing strong vocabulary building skills. Vocabulary building is when your child knows the meanings of words, the names of things, feelings & ideas and is learning the meanings of new words.

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  • Seen from above, a mother reads to her two children clustered around her. The young boy points to pictures in the book.

    How to Strengthen Your Child’s Literacy Skills During Storytime

    Does your child point to shapes or pictures in the book during storytime? That’s fantastic! Pointing to shapes or repetitive images (like a drawing of a tree that's on multiple pages throughout the book) is a great indicator that your child’s brain is gearing up to learn more about letter knowledge. Letter knowledge is when your child understands that the same letter can look different (capital vs. lowercase letters), that letters have their own names (A, B, C, etc.) and that they represent sounds.

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  • A smiling mom and her two children sit together reading a story. One child points to words on the page and one follows along

    How to Strengthen Your Child’s Literacy Skills During Playtime

    Does your child like to play with books as if they’re toys? Great news! Your child is beginning their important journey on the road to “print awareness”! Print awareness means understanding that printed words and images hold meaning. Learning how to handle a book, the direction that print is read in, and the parts of a book (like the author, illustrator, and title) are important steps in your child’s print awareness development.

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  • A happy mother and son read a bedtime story together with a Storypod speaker and Craftie nearby

    How to Strengthen Your Child’s Literacy Skills With Bedtime Stories

    Does your child always ask for “just one more” bedtime story? That’s great news! Listening to stories can strengthen your child’s phonological awareness (one of the five elements of early childhood literacy) even before they reach school-age. Phonological awareness is a complicated sounding word, but it simply means: the ability to hear, recognize, and play with the sounds in spoken language.

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    Listen, Learn, and Grow with Storypod

    Here at Storypod, we are parents, educators, and caretakers who are constantly looking for new ways to support our children's early childhood literacy development while keeping them engaged and interested.

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  • How Strong Literacy Skills Support Children’s Wellbeing

    How Strong Literacy Skills Support Children’s Wellbeing

    Let's learn about the correlation between literacy and wellbeing, and what you can do to support both!

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  • How Do Screens Affect Children's Brains?

    How Do Screens Affect Children's Brains?

    Screens are amazing for a lot of things, but overexposure to them can have devastating effects for children. As screen time has skyrocketed, so have cognitive and behavioral issues like ADHD. So what effects do screens have on young children's brains?

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  • How Storypod Supports the Healthy Development of Your Baby

    How Storypod Supports the Healthy Development of Your Baby

    Did you know that per the CDC, the ways in which a child’s brain develops from ages 0 - 8 will be the foundation that sets the stage for the rest of that child’s life? Providing children with a strong foundation in early childhood literacy and development skills is giving them the tools that they need to be successful and healthy individuals.

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