Tips for Parents
Are you looking for information about early childhood resources and programs available in the Rockford region? From everyday brain boosts for infants and toddlers to fun preschooler activities and parent support groups, Alignment Rockford is your early childhood resource. See below for our featured resources and other great topics to help support the experience of raising young children in Rockford.
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Take Baby grocery shopping with you! This is a great time to count, group and compare! Situate the baby facing you and as you choose items; show them to Baby and talk about what you’re doing. Describe the size, shape, color, and texture of the items you are holding.
Maximize Love and Manage Stress with Your Preschooler. Role-playing with puppets is a fun and non-threatening way to explore social and emotional scenarios. This can help kids identify, understand, and examine their feelings and how to manage different situations.
Count, Group and Compare with Your Preschooler Using Stories
There are many great books about counting and numbers. You can find these books at your bookstore or library.
There are lots of great picture books that “break the fourth wall.” This means that the book acknowledges the reader and/or speaks to or commands them to do something. For example, the book may tell the reader to “touch the picture” or “act like a gorilla” or “shake the book upside down.”
Use a story as a helpful transition tool before naptime, after naptime, or while getting your toddler settled for bed at night. Stories and nursery rhymes can be used to model and teach emotions. Reading together can provide for snuggles, relaxation, and bonding.
Every time you talk, sing, or point to what you are talking about, you are helping to build your toddler’s language skills. Find books at your bookstore or library. Rockford Public Library is full of great books that foster talking, singing, and pointing!
Count, Group and Compare with Your Toddler Using Stories. There are many wonderful books about counting and numbers. Find books at your local bookstore or library. Rockford Public Library is full of great books that build a math-ready mind!
There are many books for toddlers that encourage healthy movement and play. Find books at your bookstore or library. Rockford Public Library is full of great books that promote movement and play!
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