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Archive for April, 2013

Hey Diddle, Diddle

Hey Diddle, DiddleBooks include many rare words that your child may not have heard before. Don’t skip over them; go ahead and use the words that are unfamiliar to your child. When children grow up hearing lots and lots of words, they are more prepared when it comes time to learn to read. The book Hey Diddle, Diddle by Eve Bunting names many musical instruments. You can see what each of them looks like in the pictures.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on April 29, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Print Awareness

Lola at the LibraryBefore children can learn to read, they need to know how to handle a book. This involves knowing how to turn the pages, as well as understanding that what you read is the text on the page and not the pictures. Call attention to these things as you are reading, without getting in the way of the story too much. This is called print awareness.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on April 16, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness

Dancing Feet

Dancing FeetSinging songs with your child is a great way to teach them the early literacy skill of phonological awareness. When we sing, we are focusing on the sounds each part of a word makes rather than what the word means. Pop in a CD such as Carole Peterson’s Dancing Feet and children can dance and sing their way to reading!

–Tip by Carol C., Youth Programming Assistant


By eemerick on April 1, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness