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October 27, 2019

Play Smart Literacy, The Gift of Words, HelloBaby, and Ready Rosie,will present at the

2019 conference of the NCFL

National Center for Families Learning

at the Marriott Downtown from 3:15 P.M - 4:30 P.M.  in Louisville, KY, on November 4

Learn more about the 2019 FAMI...

October 7, 2019

I am excited to announce that Tracey Young and I will be presenting at NAEYC’s (National Association for the Education of Young Children) 2019 Annual Conference in Nashville, TN November 20–23. Our session, Big Vocabularies Start with Little Children: conversations wit...

June 18, 2019


Babies understand what we say to them long before they can say a single word. We all have trouble starting conversations with a 1-year-old, but if we start by naming what we see that child doing, we have begun. How do we know if a baby understands what...

April 30, 2019


A good conversation can be had while looking at a photograph together. Start with say-what-you-see in the photo, then ask open ended questions to make a story. Be sure to wait for your child to answer.

I see two boys hiding under a sheet with their stuffe...

April 23, 2019

Again and Again and Again

Eddie, Why did you stick your head and hands through the hole in that steel beam? Pull your head back through the hole in that steel beam right now. Do NOT try to crawl through the hole in that steel beam. You could get stuck in that hole forev...

April 16, 2019

 Say-what-You-See in the Photo

Snow does not look like spring but putting on your red winter coat and boots and going for a run in the cold, white snow is a lot of fun if you are only one year old. If your daddy takes a stick to write your name in the snow, he can sound...

April 9, 2019

A visit to the farm in the Lincoln Park Zoo to touch a baby chick is proof that it is springtime in Chicago, even if the weather seems more like winter. Baby chicks are soft and fuzzy. Mama holds the chick very carefully so that her baby can touch the chick’s fuzz. Chi...

April 2, 2019

The Birthday Boy is Thinking about Doing

You are staring at those candles on fire. Birthdays are exciting and candlelight is special. Do you know how to blow out a candle’s light? It is NOT like blowing your nose when you are sick. To blow out candles, you suck a lot of...