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Life Is Language

How to Teach Language

Filling the page can happen easily everyday. In my post Good Page, Bad Page I explain the importance of smartly picked pages for real language learning and communication. Today, I’m going to show you what can happen at the perfect intersection of a simple activity and a focus on the right words. In this activity ... Read more...

My Story by Katie of On the Banks of Squaw Creek

Communication & I Hold You Talk

I’m Katie, and I blog about my life On the Banks of Squaw Creek. I have two little boys, 3 ½ and 1 (on March 28) and I just recently came across Kim’s amazing blog. As a former teacher, I am naturally inclined to pay attention to my children’s development. Little Stories has taught me ... 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...

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...

When should I focus on colors?

Why not colors

The other day my friend said, “I know you don’t like parents working on colors, but when SHOULD I work on colors. I know I need to some time.”  I told her to follow her child’s lead. I remembered when my daughter and I were getting out a bib for meal time. She always said, “Bib,” ... Read more...