By Alexa Stevenson
Writer Alexa Stevenson had spent so much of her existence getting ready for the incorrect mess ups. while her daughter is born 15 weeks early, she is plunged into the unusual half-light of the child in depth Care Unit, the place she learns the Zen of clinical uncertainty and makes the impressive discovery worst-case state of affairs may be the easiest factor that’s ever occurred to her. The absurdities of the clinical process, grappling with mortality, and getting into one’s personal are all explored during this wryly heartfelt memoir.
From the indignities of infertility remedies to dealing with bedrest and parenting a preemie (how does one wrangle an oxygen tank whereas altering a diaper?), Alexa recounts her rocky highway to motherhood with a uniquely sharp, humorous, but poignant voice.
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All they need is the encouragement, the books, and the know-how. More importantly, this research demonstrates that reading aloud to babies achieves an increase in receptive vocabulary that will later translate into spoken vocabulary and the skills necessary for reading and writing. 6. Read-Alouds Help Babies Learn Concepts About Print In kindergarten and even first grade, some children can’t distinguish between a word, letter, or number. 12 Children who have been read to since birth will easily know these concepts.
Continues to read even though baby falls asleep. Dad’s voice soothed baby to sleep. She can still hear his soothing voice. Characteristics of Stage 1 Books Even if you read to your baby before birth, it’s a thrill to read aloud for the first time after birth. It’s an occasion that merits a photograph for baby’s album so that when your baby is grown, he’ll see that you wasted no time in giving him the gift of language and the love of reading. Although newborns’ limited range of vision allows them to look at bright, bold patterns, the most effective books for this stage feature rhymes or pages Stage 1: The Listener 53 filled with chantable rhythms so your baby can hear your voice.
Surge of mental development at this age results in the ability to think, reason, and speak words more clearly. There is also an increase in physical ability: toddler runs faster, turns knobs, and turns pages in a book, one at a time. • Learns the structure of language, such as how to form a question and the proper word order of sentences. • Captivated by the intricate, detailed illustrations in books like those of Richard Scarry. • Books that include hand and body movements • Books with numbers, colors, and vocabulary concepts • Books with longer stories and more complicated rhymes and alliteration • Books that show various feelings (happy, sad, angry, jealous) • Stage 2, 3, 4, and 5 books This page intentionally left blank S T A G E 1 CHAPTER 3 Stage 1: The Listener Introducing Books Before Birth and from Birth to Two Months Amidst all the excitement and overwhelming emotions that surround the first hours after birth, you may find a few moments to introduce your baby to a short, soothing, rhyming book, like Time for Bed by Mem Fox.