If children learn what they live, and we know they do,
then Love Notes is an open sesame invitation to families with young children.
The recipe-type approach in the series of eight books
provides hands-on experiences with language and print drawn from the children's everyday
environment. It recognizes the need for stimulating, imaginative, adventurous, and
above all, deeply satisfying forays into the language rich world of letters and sounds.
What we do for our young in these impressionable early
years has vast significance for their development. Research indicates that loving,
caring relationships between parents or parent surrogates and their children encourage all
areas of growth. Sensitivity to children's needs can emerge during private times
which are integral to the unfolding of the "notes" themselves.
The unveiling of new vistas via language and print is a
powerful boost to mental development and a firm base for success in scholastic achievement
since language arts impinges on every area of the school curriculum.
Love Notes is a nourishing, creative
foundation-builder for language experience, and a worthy resource for caring families.
Dr. E. L. Widmer
Professor, Early Childhood and Dean (Retired)
Florida Atlantic University
I live in New Jersey and am a certified Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist.
While taking a class in Childrens Literature with Dr. Leslie Morrow from Rutgers
University; she introduced me to chalk talks and your book - I LOVE IT!!
I have been a teacher for fifteen years
but recently went back to school to learn to teach children how to read. I was
motivated by my youngest child, Emily, who was struggling learning to read and
write. I have attempted many strategies to interest and inspire her and your chalk
talks have done exactly that! Your book is amazing.
When Dr. Morrow modeled this approach I
thought it was fun but never did I guess the power it would have over a reluctant reader.
I have found this to be true at different age levels. Professionally, I teach
reading to secondary education students. Last week was Take your Child
to Work Day and Emily came to my school with me. She shared the The Black Cat
chalktalk with my students and even at their age they were asking her for more.
Emilys teachers tell me she is a
star at the front of the class retelling stories and sharing the fun chalktalk
drawings! Just yesterday, Emily told me that she feels "really smart" when
everyone wants to learn how to do "her" chalktalks. The chalktalks have
not only helped her to develop her literacy skills but they have given her a new found
self confidence and sense of pride.
I cant thank you enough for this
valuable resource. You have given my daughter and me a huge gift with this piece of
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