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I Hold, You Talk

I Hold You Talk - Structured Play

You all know I love pretend play. But in my post “How To Pretend” I explain that play, like everything else in child development, moves along a continuum with really complex, free-flowing pretend at the endpoint. Before that comes many different kinds of play, and at the beginning some children have a hard time playing ... Read more...

Rotating Toys, The Real Deal

Rotate Toys The Little Stories Way

This time I put my suggestions on rotating toys to the test. I put away all of the toys from the previous rotation and then I filled the shelves with what felt right. I didn’t count or think of what kind of toys I was putting out, because I wanted to see if the rotating ... Read more...

Music Time Video!

This mom easily models so many of the great language facilitating techniques, including the use of music, big gestures, the Tell Me Face, and pauses. She gets it all right and her child is having fun and filling up pages of his story! What’s your favorite song to sing with your little one? How does ... Read more...

How To Pretend

Pretend Feeds The Imagination

I hope we’ve established the importance of pretend play with our last post titled “Play Schmay! What’s so great about pretend anyway?” and a link to a fantastic article also highlighting the benefits of pretend. BUT, once you know and believe in the benefits of pretend, you still may be at a loss and not know ... Read more...

What’s So Great About Pretend Play Anyway?

Pretend Play is Magic

Well, I’ve always loved pretend play. As a little girl I spent endless hours playing school, house, beauty salon and any other game my friends and I could make up. My passion for pretend play soared though when I became a speech-language pathologist. I saw that there were very clear benefits to pretend play that ... Read more...