Learning Tips

Here are a few things grown-ups can do to encourage children’s curiosity and share Gilby’s enthusiasm for learning:

• Watch Ask Gilby® with your children.
• Discuss the themes of the show and ask your child to give examples of those themes in their everyday lives.
• Find activities that mirror the simple ideas presented in each show.
• Build oral language skills (talking, rhyming).
• Read to your child as often as possible.
• Encourage your child to choose the books you read together and help them tell the story by looking at the pictures.
• Before reading time, settle your child down and talk a little about the book (“This looks as if it’s going to be a funny story.”).
• Talk about the books you read.
• Talk about everyday print ("See the sign? It says, 'STOP.' What do you do when you see a ‘STOP’ sign?).
• Point to the words as you read them.
• Hold the book so your child can see the pictures and the writing. Let your child hold the book and turn the pages.
• Draw attention to the illustrations while reading.
• Encourage your child to join in and read.
• Accept and praise your child’s attempts to read.
• Leave the book handy for private readings between you and your children.
• Reread favorite stories.
• Help your child retell the story using the pictures.
• Help your child join the local library.
• Select books that describe familiar experiences, concepts and objects as well as fairy tales and fantasy stories.
• Make sure your child sees members of the family reading.
• Buy books as presents. Let your child help you choose them.
• Encourage your child to begin a book collection.
• Select books that use repetition to capture the rhythm of language (“The Three Billy Goats Gruff”).
• Tell stories on the way to the store, at bath time or bedtime.
• Play games with words, numbers, shapes and colors to teach basic language and number skills.
• Visit libraries and museums.
• Encourage creative play by keeping crayons, markers, pencils and paper in a writing area in your home.