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Archive for March, 2014

The Order of Things

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and ToesActivities that follow a pattern or sequence help children to develop narrative skills because they must remember the order in which they happened. After doing a rhyme like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” ask your child what body part we touched first, second, and so on. Try this with other activities you do throughout the day that have a sequence, such as the steps you take to get to the Library.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator


By eemerick on March 31, 2014 Categories: Narrative

One Gorilla

syndetics-lcBy using specific names for things, you help your child learn new words and understand subtle differences between similar things, which increases vocabulary. In the fun counting book One Gorilla by Anthony Browne, the author uses beautiful pictures to depict various primates. Your child will learn the specific names of some similar animals!

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison


By eemerick on March 17, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

Snow Poems

It's Snowing! It's Snowing!The early literacy skill of phonological awareness focuses on having your child play with and have exposure to the small parts in words, as well as hearing the beginning sounds in words. Bring this skill to life by reading It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing!: Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky. The short poems feature silly word pairings and fun imagery that will allow you and your child to play with words.

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant


By eemerick on March 3, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness