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Archive for April, 2011

Make Reading Interactive

Little PeaBooks that ask questions make reading interactive and keep kids interested in what will happen next. This builds print motivation, the enjoyment of books and reading. Children who like books find it easier to learn to read when the time comes. You can add your own questions to any book you are reading, from simple ones like, “What do you see in this picture?” and “What’s your favorite/ least favorite food?” to more complex ones such as, “How do you think [the character] is feeling?”  Be sure to pause after the questions and give your child time to respond. 

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on April 18, 2011 Categories: Print Motivation


StretchResearch indicates that children benefit most from learning both the sound and the letter name at the same time. When you work on their letter knowledge, explain that the letter is called “S” and makes the sound “sss.” One fun way to help learn the letter “S” is with Stretch by Doreen Cronin. After pointing out the letter, have children stretch every time they hear an “S.” You can even say the word really slowly emphasizing the “s” sound.  For extra fun see if your child can stretch into an “S” shape! 

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on April 4, 2011 Categories: Letter Knowledge