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Notes from Storytime

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Rhyming Dust BunniesRhyming is one way that children learn to hear that words are made up of smaller parts. Reading books like Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas and sharing rhymes helps children hear the smaller parts that make up words. This skill—phonological awareness—helps them when they later try to sound out words to read. It’s fun too!

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By MPPL on May 23, 2011 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Five Little Ducks!

Five Little DucksPhonological awareness means learning about sounds in words, and part of that is rhyming. Have fun saying the “Five Little Ducks” rhyme with your child at home. The Library also has many board books and picture books that feature the rhyme.

“Five Little Ducks”
Five little ducks went out one day (flap)
Over the hills and far away. (wave motion with hand)
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack.” (talking motion with hand)
But only four little ducks came back. (flap)

Repeat with: Four, Three, Two, One, and No little ducks…

Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
And five little ducks came wandering back!

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By MPPL on February 22, 2011 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Five Little Ducks!

Five Little DucksPhonological awareness means learning about sounds in words, and part of that is rhyming. Have fun saying the “Five Little Ducks” rhyme with your child at home. The Library also has many board books and picture books that feature the rhyme.

“Five Little Ducks”
Five little ducks went out one day (flap)
Over the hills and far away. (wave motion with hand)
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack.” (talking motion with hand)
But only four little ducks came back. (flap)

Repeat with: Four, Three, Two, One, and No little ducks…

Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
And five little ducks came wandering back!

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By MPPL on Categories: Phonological Awareness

Playing With Sounds

Dog's Colorful Day

In the book, Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, each time dog gets another spot of color it’s accompanied by a sound like, “Swish!” or “Splurt.” When children hear and practice making these kinds of onomatopoeic noises, or the sounds that animals make, it helps them hear the smaller sounds that make up words, which is part of the early literacy skill phonological awareness

 

By MPPL on December 14, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness

The More We Get Together

A Child's Celebration of Silliest SongsThe early literacy skill of phonological awareness means learning about sounds in words. Singing songs with your baby, such as “Old MacDonald” or “The More We Get Together,” is a great way to emphasize this skill because in songs each syllable may have a different note. Without thinking about it your child is hearing words being broken down into parts. The Library has a multitude of CDs with classic children’s songs… check one out!

 

By MPPL on September 8, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Warthogs Paint

Warthogs PaintPhonological Awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, like rhyming, playing with syllables or parts of words, and hearing beginning sounds of words. A fun way to help children learn their colors and rhyming skills would be to read the book, Warthogs Paint: A Messy Color Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards. You can even make the story more interactive by giving your child colored paper or crayons and each time a color is mentioned in the book have them hold up that color.

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

By MPPL on June 14, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Warthogs Paint

Warthogs PaintPhonological Awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, like rhyming, playing with syllables or parts of words, and hearing beginning sounds of words. A fun way to help children learn their colors and rhyming skills would be to read the book, Warthogs Paint: A Messy Color Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards. You can even make the story more interactive by giving your child colored paper or crayons and each time a color is mentioned in the book have them hold up that color.

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

By MPPL on Categories: Phonological Awareness

The Banging Book

The Banging BookThe Banging Book by Bill Grossman is all about noises and sounds. Phonological awareness is about sounds in words, so making noises to go along with the sounds in books will encourage this early literacy skill. Use this book or others like it with a small instrument like a drum or tambourine and have your little one bang along with the story.

By MPPL on March 15, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness

The Banging Book

The Banging BookThe Banging Book by Bill Grossman is all about noises and sounds. Phonological awareness is about sounds in words, so making noises to go along with the sounds in books will encourage this early literacy skill. Use this book or others like it with a small instrument like a drum or tambourine and have your little one bang along with the story.

By MPPL on Categories: Phonological Awareness

Nursery Rhymes

Playful BabyYou may not realize it, but singing songs and doing nursery rhymes with children helps them hear words being broken up into smaller sounds.  This is part of phonological awareness, one of the six skills children need before they learn to read.  Try one of these CDs to add excitement to traditional nursery rhymes!  Nursery Rhyme Time: Songs, Rhymes and Movement Activities by Georgiana Liccione Stewart, Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music, or Playful Baby by Gregg Kennard.

Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on December 22, 2009 Categories: Phonological Awareness