As we move into another new year (can you believe it? 2016!?) many of us are setting goals for ourselves. More exercise, less goodies, reading more books, yelling less…the list goes on and on. With the new year comes new hopes and dreams for the future for both ourselves and our children- and the children we work with.
As an SLP I know how very important a role parents play in their children’s speech and language development. As a parent- I also understand how it feels to have a child who struggles with speech and language development. I know this because I have a son who was a “late talker.” Yes- me the SLP who blogs specifically to help parents help their children with speech and language delays has a child who was technically delayed. That child is now a very bright almost 5 year old who never stops talking. Though I strongly believe genetics played a role in his development (I was also a late talker as a child) I also firmly believe that he is where he is now because he has a mommy and a daddy who worked hard to support him though those first few years of life.
So as we head into this new year and we are making our resolutions and goals for 2016- I am sure many of you have goals to spend more quality time with your children and, if you have a child with speech/language delays, you likely have goals to continue to find the best ways to help and support him. I know I do!
Well I am so excited to introduce you to a fantastic product from one of my favorite organizations- The 2016 Preschool Language & Literacy Calendar by my friends at the Hanen Centre!
What is the Hanen Preschool Language & Literacy Calendar?
The Preschool Language & Literacy Calendar is an actual monthly wall calendar that can be used to help organize your family’s day-to-day activities and special events. However this calendar more than that. It is JAM PACKED with research based information and tips for parents of preschool children to help expand their child’s language and literacy skills throughout the year. Specifically- this year’s calendar focuses on developing critical thinking skills in preschool children- one of the most important skills a person can have and is fundamental for language and literacy success. Research shows that these critical thinking skills are developed early in young children- and this calendar focuses on supporting parents in providing simple but powerful things parents and educators can do to help prepare children for success. Though this calendar is fantastic for parents of children with speech and language delays- the information is enclosed is just as valuable for typically developing preschool children. And not only that- but this calendar is not just for parents. There are goals specifically for educators as well!
How Does The Calendar Work?
This calendar shares 16 months of research based themes for parents and educators for language and literacy success. Each month, the calendar provides different snippets of research on language and literacy development based on the theme along with tips on how to support children in the home and educational environments in four major areas: Daily Activities, Pretend Play, Book Reading and On the Go. You can see how the Calendar is set up below:
In the month of May the theme is “Get Children Involved in Solving Problems.” This is something that we do every day in my home! The calendar provides great tips on incorporating these tips within your daily activities at home and school- which is exactly how young children learn speech, language and literacy skills at this age. It is not necessary or advised to pull out flashcards and drill your children on pre-literacy skills. Not only is that type of learning forced and boring for young children, it’s just not how they learn best. Children learn these skills within the everyday activities and routines (including play, reading, and our running errands with mom, dad, or grandma!). Which is why this calendar is a must have.
How Can I Use the Calendar?
If you have or work with preschool aged children of ANY ability levels- you will find this calendar a wonderful addition to your family or work environment. As mentioned- this calendar is designed to help you build important language and literacy skills within your daily lives. I recommend that you hang the calendar in an area where is is easily seen so you can refer to it often. I would recommend taking some time at the beginning of the month to read over the monthly theme and tips and think about how you can incorporate those tips into your lives during the month. Once you start incorporating some of the monthly tips- eventually you will likely find yourself doing them naturally without even thinking about it!
Another Tip: When your calendar arrives, take some time to read through each month’s themes and tips before you hang it up. Take some notes on things that stand out to you: Would your child really benefit from August’s theme right now? That is ok! You can incorporate the tips in any month you wish- and you can start at any time.
My last- and most important tip: HAVE FUN!
How Can I Get My Copy of the Calendar?
The Hanen Centre has their 2016 Language and Literacy Calendar available for purchase on their website HERE.
However- the wonderful people at Hanen want to give THREE of my readers their very own Calendar! All you have to do is enter in the rafflecopter below!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO THOSE IN THE US AND CANADA ONLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. PLEASE READ FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS IN THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET BELOW BEFORE ENTERING. GIVEAWAY OPEN FROM DECEMBER 27th at 12:00am and CLOSES JANUARY
4th at 11:59pm 6th at 11:59pm EXTENDED!!
Who is the Hanen Centre?
In case you are not familiar with our partners, the Hanen Centre- let me tell you a little about them. Hanen is a fantastic organization that I have been familiar with for many, many years and have partnered with several times. From the back of the calendar: “The Hanen Centre is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization with a local reach. It’s mission is to provide parents, caregivers, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists with the knowledge and training they need to help young children develop the best possible language, social, and literacy skills. This includes children who are risk for or who have language delays, those with developmental challenges such as autism, and those who are developing typically.”
Hanen offers many educational programs to help educate parents and professionals. I personally am certified in two of their programs- It Takes Two to Talk (R) and Target Word (R). In addition, Hanen provides lots of FREE information for parents and professionals on their website on their HELPFUL INFORMATION page.
What do you think?
What do you think about this product? We’d love to know! Comment below! Good luck to those entering the giveaway!