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Archive for August, 2011

Poof!

Poof!Some books incorporate the text into the pictures, which is a good way to help children become aware of the words on the page. This helps build the early literacy skill of print awareness. In the book, Poof! by John O’Brien, sometimes characters have speech bubbles showing what sound they are making. Also, the word, “Poof!” is shown in a cloud on many of the pages throughout the story. So when you see this word, you can wave your pretend magic wand in the air and say, “Poof!” And then turn the page and see what happens!

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator 

By MPPL on August 29, 2011 Categories: Print Awareness

Talking With Your Child

All By MyselfTalk about your day with your child. Discuss what you did first, next, and last, leading up to bedtime. Stories, like daily life, have a sequence of events. This discussion helps to foster narrative skills as well as comprehension and sequencing skills.

–Tip by Carol C., Youth Programming Assistant

By MPPL on August 16, 2011 Categories: Narrative

Can You Growl Like a Bear?

Can You Growl Like a Bear?Phonological awareness means learning about sounds in words. Hearing and learning animal sounds helps children hear different kinds of sounds. Show your child pictures of different animals in books and demonstrate what sound they make. Can You Growl Like a Bear? by John Butler and Who Hoots? by Katie Davis are two great titles that will inspire you and your little one to play with animal noises. Or take a trip to a local farm or zoo to have them hear the animal sounds in person!

–Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on August 3, 2011 Categories: Phonological Awareness