With the school year starting up again soon, one of the best ways to help toddlers and preschoolers learn more about letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and opposites is with Concept Books.
Concept Books typically present these basic ideas with bright, appealing illustrations and simple, focused text. Since many concept books have minimal plots, they offer an excellent opportunity to engage children in conversation.
As a branch that offers storytimes almost every day of the week, it is no surprise that we have a large number of Read With Me families signed up for Summer of Reading. One of our families really made an impression when they came to pick up their third prize.
Donna and Patrick come in for storytime every week with their 1-year old son Ryan. When asked if they would like to keep or recycle their Read With Me folder, Donna emphatically replied that they would like to keep it, so that on days when they don’t go to a playgroup, storytime, or other class, they can use the folder for suggestions of fun activities to do together.
Do you have something fun planned for Father's Day this year? How about sharing a book with dad? This special day is a great reminder of the importance dads play in their children's literacy development.
Children learn by watching and imitating. Be a positive male role model for the kids in your life by reading and sharing stories. This shows children that you think reading is valuable, achievable, and, most importantly, fun!
Looking for ways to share your enthusiasm for literacy beyond books? Check out the wonderful ideas from the folks at Reading Rockets, such as reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, playing games with letters or words, and telling stories about your childhood.
One of the best parts of being a children's librarian is building relationships with kids and families. Watching kids grow and learn over the years is simply the best!
I first met Lukas when he was a wiggly 2-year-old and a regular at my toddler storytime. He's now a 5-year-old preschooler, so I don’t see him as much as I used to. A few weeks ago Lukas came to the library with his mom, Marta, on his spring break. During our craft activity after storytime, I was catching-up with Marta and learned Lukas now loves to draw.
Add a little yoga to your child's morning routine or help your little one wind down before bed with some deep breathing and restful poses. Practicing yoga with kids is a fun and gentle way to exercise. Plus, yoga provides a chance to bond with your child while introducing new vocabulary words. Moo and meow in cat-cow pose or sing your favorite nursery rhymes as you hold a balance pose.
In addition to physical benefits like improved balance and coordination and mental benefits like better concentration, yoga offers an opportunity to spend quality time with your child while improving her vocabulary. Having a large vocabulary and understanding the meaning behind words leads to reading success and achievement later in school.
Whether you want to improve your knitting, learn about downloading books, bond with your unborn baby, or help the child in your life with literacy skills, Fresh City Life My Branch has a class for you this week!
Join us for Read and Romp Denver
Saturday, February 26, 2011
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur Street, Denver
Admission $10, children under 2 are free. Includes lunch.
Check out the literacy line-up! Spend some time with Frog and Toad and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eat the Alphabet and play I Spy! You and your kids will be enriched by this massive exposure to literacy.
Reading to an infant, a toddler, a pre-schooler, or a young child affords a multitude of benefits to children, parents, families and communities alike. Over time, you'll see the time spent reading with children taking positive effect. Shared reading promotes:
Did you know that reading aloud with your family strengthens literacy skills for everyone, fosters a life-long love of reading, and gives eveyone happy memories of being together? You don't have to do voices or read like a pro to have fun and create happy memories! What book do you love to read aloud with your family?
Did you know that parents who sing and talk with their children are building reading readiness and making a difference in lifelong learning? Interested in learning about other activities that will help your children learn and grow? If so, check out StoryBlocks.org!
I love reading and singing to my 7-month old, and while I always knew it was fun for my baby to watch me act out the itsy bitsy spider climbing the water spout, I didn’t realize how much these types of fingerplays and rhyming songs actually impacted her healthy brain functionality! Score one for mom!!