Sharing fun language is one of my favorite passions, and recently I was able to share my books and poems with some very sweet and adorable children and their mommies and daddies. Mommy-con, a boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together, asked me to share some of my stories with their young participants. I happily accepted!
For 45 minutes, the children and I escaped to the land of make-believe where dragons wear underwear, cars go “Sputter, Sputter, Sput”, and animals exhibit incredible patience behind the wheels of their unique vehicles when “The Bridge Is Up!” We giggled and wiggled, made faces, acted out stories…we had fun!
Later that day, I presented to the mommies a topic near and dear to my heart: “Oral language development, helping you be your child’s best teacher.” I drew on my half-century of experience as an educator to give these mothers and quite-a-few dads some tips about how and why speaking to and reading to children at an early age can and does make a difference in their lifelong learning abilities. Yes, research has proven it, and the American Academy of Pediatrics supports the fact that reading aloud every day is a critical element in rearing a child. In fact, they encourage all pediatricians to get behind the 30 Million Words movement and put books in the hands of their young patients. Ask your doctor about it…you can even say Babsy B told you to ask!
I enjoyed my time at Mommy-con and look forward to seeing the same eager faces next year. Until then…here are some of my memorable moments at Mommy-con Atlanta, 2015.