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Early narrative skills are tied to kindergarten literacy among young African American children, according to new research from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). The study is the first to demonstrate the connection between African American preschoolers’ storytelling abilities and the development of their early reading skills. FPG researcher Nicole Gardner-Neblett, who led the study, explained that oral narrative skills emerge as early as age 2 and continue to develop as children engage in interactions with parents and others, who provide guidance and feedback.  The research focused on preschoolers’ skills with oral narratives and on the same children’s emergent...

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Knowing Your Place in the Past Can Help Assure Your Place in the Future: How SBA Resource Partners Helped EyeSeeMe LLC Turn Their Vision into Reality When she was a young child, Pamela Blair was spellbound by the stories her father, Shadrock Porter, would weave of the leaders and peoples of the ancient great kingdoms of Africa.  Thanks to sage planning advice from St. Louis-area SBA resource partners, she’s joining her husband, Jeffrey, in an effort to bring tales of African heroes and great African Americans to children in the community. The family-owned business, EyeSeeMe, provides books, games, puzzles, posters...

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PRESS RELEASE June 2015, University City, MO – EyeSeeMe, a local children’s book store, which offers educational products that promote positive African American images, will open its doors with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11am. EyeSeeMe specializes in African-American children’s books, African-American dolls, high-end educational toys, family games, and an assortment of other selections that give parents and teachers tools that foster positive self-esteem in their children while promoting academic excellence. Pamela Blair, store owner and author, created EyeSeeMe when she could not find positive African American products for her own children.  She knew that if...

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Here are some simple activities to try with your preschooler (2-5): Look for letters everywhere. Ask your child to identify letters he or she sees on signs, in books, and on any kind of printed material.Read, read, read! Expose your child to as many types of books as possible. Flash Kids Alphabet Flashcards are a fun way to practice letter recognition. For example, put three letter cards on a table. Read one card aloud. Ask your child to point to the correct letter. Play rhyming games. Say a word and challenge your child to come up with a rhyming word...

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Learning styles encompass a series of theories suggesting systematic differences in individuals' natural or habitual pattern of acquiring and processing information in learning situations.

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