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Celebrate Children’s Book Month with Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures Book

Even though I’m not a Mom to littles anymore, I adore children’s books, so when I was asked if I would like to provide coverage of a new preschooler book,  I happily agreed because I know lots of Moms in my audience do have littles and any time I can support childhood literacy, I will. I loved reading to my girls from birth on and strongly feel that by doing so, I gave them the gift of reading as well, that's why I'm part of the Lola Koala's Travel Adventures Book tour! 


 September is Children’s Book month!


I’d love to introduce you to Dr. Tinita Kearney. (Dr. T),  a speech pathologist who wants to empower kids and their parents by teaching foundational language skills in a way that is fun and interactive. Read on to meet Lola Koala and learn four creative ways to help your toddler’s language skills.


Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures Book

My thanks to Dr. T for the complimentary copy of this book, along with her creative tips to share with you today. No other compensation given. All opinions are my own.


About Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures Book by Dr. T. :


Lola Koala's Travel Adventures Book Tour


In this adventure with Lola, your child or student will learn how to answer who, what, where and yes/no questions. They’ll also enjoy lifting flaps to uncover clues that will help them figure out where in the world Lola has traveled to this time.


Lola Koala on an adventure



More about the Lola Koala Book Series:

Join Lola Koala as she travels the globe, teaching your little explorer foundational language skills and travel concepts along the way!  Each “Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures” book is designed to:


  • Teach your child or student a specific language skill
  • Support your child’s or student’s communication and language skills with each read
  • Encourage creativity and imagination
  • Foster a love of reading, learning, and traveling


Why This Series was created:

With the first book in her new lift-the-flap Lola Koala Travel Adventures series, Dr. T and Lola Koala teach kids to answer WHO, WHAT, WHERE and YES/NO questions. Kids will be delighted and enchanted as they help Lola pack her suitcase and find clues to mystery destinations.


 More About the Author:


Dr. Tinita Kearney


Dr. Tinita O. Kearney is a speech-language pathologist who hails from New York. She owns a speech therapy private practice and lives to empower families to be their child’s very best advocate and resource. Check out her newest children’s book series at lolakoala.com and subscribe to get bi-weekly communication tips and tricks and free resources like a passport book and stamps.



Four creative ways to help your toddler’s language skills from Tinita Kearney, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L:
 

Like many families impacted by the Covid-19 quarantines, I have found myself bound to my home alongside a high-energy toddler, struggling to find ways to keep her two-year-old brain entertained (while also maintaining my own sanity). As many of us are finding out first-hand, homeschool life is not an easy one and finding ways to occupy our children’s time with fun, meaningful activities can be a difficult task. The learning has to go on, however, and one way to ensure that your child remains ready for the expectations of school is to work on his/her language and communication skills. This happens to be right up my alley since I am a speech-language pathologist, and I am happy to share some of the ways that I’ve put my skills to work each day with my own little one!



 Tag Team Dressing:


You’re probably already familiar with the growing independence of your toddler! Encourage this important development and also build expressive language skills by getting your toddler involved in the dressing process each morning.

 

Activity: Play “I Choose, You Choose,” where your child gets to select one clothing item that they would like to wear for the day, and you select another until a complete outfit is created. Spoiler alert: this game leaves NO room for meltdowns because your little one makes all the decisions — even on your turn! When it’s your turn to choose, make a show of not being sure which is the better choice (get as dramatic as you like!) and ask your toddler to help you pick something.



Language Booster: Use sentence-starters to encourage your child to use more complete sentences during this activity (e.g., Caregiver: “I choose…” or “I want to wear…” or “My choice is…”). Also, try giving your child 1 ‘silly’ option (e.g., a thick sweater as a choice in the middle of summer) and encourage your child to tell you why it’s a silly choice (e.g., Parent: “Is this sweater a good choice? No, it’s silly! It’s too hot outside! Tell daddy why this is silly.”). This exercise helps your little one to grow his/her critical thinking skills while also working on his/her ability to form more complex sentences.
 
Tips & Tricks: Present your child with only 2–3 clothing item choices at a time to avoid spending 2 hours on this activity!



Match It Up:



Categorizing is a great way to grow vocabulary and to teach basic concepts (words that we use to indicate location [in/out], descriptions [little/big], feelings [happy/sad], time [always/never] or number [more/less]). It is easiest to teach categorization skills using physical items that your child is familiar with, such as toys, clothing items, familiar foods, common household items or school items. The goal of this activity is to work on building your child’s ability to categorize items by their attributes (e.g., an item’s color, shape, size, use/function).

 

Activity: Start by picking an attribute that you want to focus on (I like to start with colors, so let’s use this as an example). Gather 2–3 items around the house that are the same color (red, for example) then hunt for 2–3 additional items that are a different color (e.g., blue) and finally, 2–3 more items that are another color (e.g., green). Place all the items together on the floor, pick one up and ask your child to find another item in the pile that is the same color. Each time your child finds a ‘match,’ he/she gets a point; collect five points and win!

 

Language Booster: Label and describe each item as your child selects it to teach new vocabulary (e.g., “Yes, this magnet is red!”) and basic concepts (e.g., “This magnet is big and shiny”).

 

Tips & Tricks: Before starting this activity, allow your child to select a toy, game, or snack that they would like to receive as a reward for ‘winning.’ Use this as a motivator during gameplay to keep them working hard!





 ‘WH’ Question Basketball:



Increase your little one’s vocabulary skills, verbal reasoning skills, ability to understand spoken language and grow expressive language skills with this fun game that combines answering who, what, where, and what doing questions with basketball!

 

Activity: Grab a basket or bucket that you can use to toss a ball into (think laundry basket, extra

storage bin, empty wastebasket), a ball (if your home is ball-free, grab some sheets of paper and ball ’em up!) and an age-appropriate picture book. The object of this game is to earn chances to toss a ball into the basket by correctly answering ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘where,’ and ‘what doing’ questions about the story. Have your child sit with you to read a page or two of the story, then ask one question (e.g., “What is this girl doing?”). Each correct answer earns your child two shots at the ‘hoop’!

 

Language Booster: Give two answer choices if your little one finds it difficult to answer questions on his/her own (e.g., Caregiver: “What is this girl doing?” Eating or running?”). Be sure to encourage your child to form a complete sentence to answer questions before earning a turn to toss the ball (e.g., Child: “She is running” NOT “Running”).

 

Tips & Tricks: Pick a picture book that has colorful, vivid illustrations of characters engaging in different activities throughout the story to 1) keep your little one engaged, 2) allow you to ask a variety of WH questions about what is going on in the story and 3) provide visual clues to your child as they try to answer your questions.





Chore-Helper:


Unfortunately, chores don’t take a break during quarantines. Little hands can be a big help though, so take advantage of the opportunity to get a bit of assistance completing daily chores while also teaching your toddler how to follow directions!

 

Activity: Pick a chore (e.g., loading safe dinnerware in the dishwasher, putting away folded socks, sorting their own dirty laundry, cleaning up toys). Set a timer for 10-minutes and have your little one see how much they can get done before time runs out. The idea is to give simple, specific instructions for completing the assigned chore — making sure to give only as much work as they can actually complete in the 10-minute time frame. If they can follow your directions to complete the chore in the given time, they get a reward!

 

Language Booster: Start with one-step directions (e.g., Caregiver: “Put the socks in the drawer”) then build on this by gradually introducing two-step and three-step directions (e.g., Caregiver: “Open your sock drawer and put your socks in”).

 

Tips & Tricks: Set your timer for 5-minutes and work your way up to 10-minutes if you think your little one will have a hard time focusing on one task for 10-minutes, even with your guided instruction. Also, if you’re looking to maximize your ‘me-time,’ give your child reward options that don’t require your direct supervision (e.g., coloring, playing with a favorite toy that doesn’t require your assistance, a short episode of a favorite TV program, etc.).

 




Happy learning!




My Thoughts:



Lola Koala's Travel Adventures Book




I loved meeting Lola Koala! It was a fun book to read aloud, and I’ll be gifting my copy to my little nieces and nephews. I think reading to our little ones is a great way to bond with them while also helping them learn. If you would like to follow Lola Koala too, you can learn more about purchasing it at Lola Koala.


 

I found all four of the tips to be very helpful and can remember doing versions of these activities with my toddler’s. I hope you found them helpful as well. Please feel free to share this post with other Moms who may find them useful as well.

 

 



Please share in comments: Which creative tip will you try first with your toddler/preschooler?

 

 


7 comments

daisy said...

This looks like a good book! I'll have to check it out with my preschooler. :)

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Daisy,

I think your preschooler will really like the colorful, easy to turn pages and interactive windows!

Barb Webb said...

Absolutely love that it's Children's Book Month! Will have to check out this title and pick up some books for my granddaughter, nieces and nephews!

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Barb,

I was thrilled to learn of it myself. I think your young family members will find this book delightful.

Buzz4Mommies said...

I loved books like this when my kiddos were little. It is fun and colorful yet teaches them something. Sounds terrific!

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Heidi,

Books that are fun and engaging are so much fun to read. I enjoyed those years of reading to my little ones immensely.

Maryann D. said...

Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures Book seems adorable. What a perfect gift for my niece for the upcoming holiday season.