90% of brain development occurs in the first 5 years of life. Children are developing language, social, cognitive, and motor skills simultaneously, forming a network of integrated ability that enables efficient information processing. Brain Development is shaped through the interaction between a child’s biology and their experiences. Think of brain development as a construction project: neuroconstructivism. Children have the job of constructing meaning from what they experience. We have the job of giving them the tools to construct meaning effectively and efficiently, and in a way that they love!

Dr. Becky’s Bundles are user friendly for you and fun for children. Each bundle includes a book with story text and design that guides your language and actions to advance children’s development. Additional story-related props enable children to experience the story coming alive through their play actions. The book serves as a “playbook” to help you play in developmentally appropriate, meaningful, and fun ways with your child. Finally, tips on each page guide you to expand the learning opportunity. Play tips, language tips, and imitation and gesture tips will guide you through storytime to create a meaningful, early literacy experience with your child.

Dr. Becky’s Bundles combine Developmental Science Methods with Dr. Becky’s Research Findings and Speech-Language Experience to deliver development enhancing tools not available outside scientific journals and professional interventions. Dr. Becky’s bundles focus on language, social, and cognitive development; the foundations of literacy development.

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Imitation & Gesture Tips

By using these tips, children learn to pay closer attention to others' communication signals and synchronize their thinking, actions, and communication with others.  These are essential skills for social success. As children develop gesture skills, they are also developing symbolic thinking, nonverbal communication, and the ability to integrate verbal and nonverbal information. When gestures are used during storytelling, children remember more about the story. This supports listening comprehension, a critical literacy skill. Also, as children learn to gesture the meaning of words in the story, they learn to interpret illustrations in books. Being able to gather meaning from illustrations supports text comprehension and inferential skill development.