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Z is for Moose

Z is for MooseAlphabet books are a great way to help your child with letter knowledge. Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham is a particularly fun book! Zebra is directing all of the objects as they appear in this alphabet book, but he forgets about Moose. Moose decides this is not going to work and tries to appear on as many pages as possible. As you read this story to your child, talk about all the letters you see and the sounds they make.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

 

By eemerick on March 18, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Z is for Moose

Z is for MooseAlphabet books are a great way to help your child with letter knowledge. Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham is a particularly fun book! Zebra is directing all of the objects as they appear in this alphabet book, but he forgets about Moose. Moose decides this is not going to work and tries to appear on as many pages as possible. As you read this story to your child, talk about all the letters you see and the sounds they make.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

 

By MPPL on Categories: Letter Knowledge

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes

Spot Looks at ShapesBefore children learn actual letters, they are aware of shapes. Learning differences in shapes will help them later when they are learning the shapes of letters. In books like Spot Looks at Shapes by Eric Hill and Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban, children can talk about how some shapes are alike or different. Have them trace them and find the shapes in things and letters all around!

–Tip by Carol C., Youth Programming Assistant

By eemerick on January 21, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Pick a Letter, Any Letter

26 Letters and 99 CentsReading any book can teach your child letter knowledge. Before you read a book together, ask your child to pick a letter. Draw the letter together and practice making its sound. Then as you read the story, have your child find words that contain that letter.

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By eemerick on November 12, 2012 Categories: Letter Knowledge

My Name Is Elizabeth!

My Name Is Elizabeth!Children actually start learning about letters before they even know the alphabet. Letter knowledge means knowing that letters are different from each other and that the same letter can look different ways (such as upper and lower case), as well as knowing that letters relate to sounds. Focus on the first letter in your child’s name—talk about its shape, how it looks in upper and lower case, and what sound(s) it makes. And remember to have fun!

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on August 20, 2012 Categories: Letter Knowledge

My Name Is Elizabeth!

My Name Is Elizabeth!Children actually start learning about letters before they even know the alphabet. Letter knowledge means knowing that letters are different from each other and that the same letter can look different ways (such as upper and lower case), as well as knowing that letters relate to sounds. Focus on the first letter in your child’s name—talk about its shape, how it looks in upper and lower case, and what sound(s) it makes. And remember to have fun!

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By MPPL on Categories: Letter Knowledge

Alphabet Books

Alphabet AnimalsMany alphabet books do not have a story that goes in order. When you share that kind of alphabet book with your child, you do not need to read it from beginning to end. Farms ABC: An Alphabet Book by B.A. Hoena and Alphabet Animals: A Slide-and-Peek Adventure by Suse MacDonald are two examples of alphabet books without stories. Let your child choose a page that looks interesting to him or her. Let them trace the letter with their fingers and talk about the letter and the pictures that go with it.

–Tip by Carol C., Youth Programming Assistant

By eemerick on June 11, 2012 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Round Is a Pancake

Round Is a PancakeBefore children learn actual letters, they are aware of shapes. Playing with shapes helps children see the differences in letter shapes. You can have your child look for shapes in the pictures of books like these: Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert and Round Is a Pancake by Joan Sullivan Baranski. See how many circles you can find together!

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By eemerick on March 2, 2012 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Round Is a Pancake

Round Is a PancakeBefore children learn actual letters, they are aware of shapes. Playing with shapes helps children see the differences in letter shapes. You can have your child look for shapes in the pictures of books like these: Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert and Round Is a Pancake by Joan Sullivan Baranski. See how many circles you can find together!

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By MPPL on Categories: Letter Knowledge

A is for Amos

A is for AmosAlphabet books are one way to help children become aware of letters, how they look, and what sounds they make. It is best not to quiz your young child on the letters, but rather to mention them in the context of something that they enjoy, like a book.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on December 12, 2011 Categories: Letter Knowledge