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Hidden Alphabet

The Hidden AlphabetReinforcing the early literacy skill of letter knowledge with your child can be as simple as pointing out letters as you read, drive, or shop. In the book Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, you’ll discover letters in BIG and interesting ways that connect each letter with its sound. See the balloons in the letter B? With fun lift-the-flap pages and all sorts of colors, you’ll want to read it more than once!

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant

By eemerick on December 9, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Again and Again

Again! by Emily GravettYou may find that when your children like a book, they will want to hear it over and over again. Repetition helps children to better understand the plot of the story, and also the individual words in the story. Try pointing out different words or pictures each time you read the story. This helps to build children’s vocabulary.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on November 27, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Peek-a-Moo!

Peek-a-pet!Making animal sounds is so much fun! In the book Peek-a-Pet! by Marie Torres Cimarusti, children will have fun guessing the animal, opening the flap, and making the animal sounds. Animal sounds are a great way to develop phonological awareness skills that will help children sound out words when they are learning to read.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By eemerick on November 11, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Spot Goes to a Party

Spot Goes to a PartyIn the book Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill, you can tell when the character is talking because it is written in a speech bubble. Point to the words they are saying as you read them. This helps your child understand that you are reading the text and helps develop print awareness.

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

 

By MPPL on October 28, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness

Spot Goes to a Party

Spot Goes to a PartyIn the book Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill, you can tell when the character is talking because it is written in a speech bubble. Point to the words they are saying as you read them. This helps your child understand that you are reading the text and helps develop print awareness.

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

 

By eemerick on Categories: Print Awareness

Here We Go Again…

Hooray for Thomas!Fostering a child’s interest and enjoyment of books and reading is called print motivation and is one of the early literacy skills. Letting a child pick a book to read helps promote this skill. Children frequently will pick a favorite story to read over and over and over again. It’s only natural that you would get tired of it. Remember that children learn by repetition though, and it is important for them to have positive experiences with books. Perhaps that can help as you read your child’s favorite book yet again.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

 

By eemerick on October 14, 2013 Categories: Print Motivation

C is for Crocodile

Clarabella's TeethHave your child make a letter “c” with his or her arms. After reading Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut, go on a letter scavenger hunt. How many times can you find the letter “c” in this book?

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By eemerick on September 30, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Props

The Best Pet EverReading and telling stories to your child is very important. But don’t just stop there! It is also important that children understand what is going on in the story. This is known as narrative skills, and it will help your children all throughout their lives as they read and learn. During a story, ask your child about what is going on in the story and/or the pictures. After reading, help your child retell the story. Using props from around the house can be a fun way to do that.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

 

By eemerick on September 16, 2013 Categories: Narrative

Under My Hood I Have a Hat

Under My Hood I Have a HatEven in a fairly simple story like Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin, there are words that we don’t use in everyday conversation. Even if you don’t talk about the meaning of all these words as you read, your child hears the words in the story and gets an idea of what they mean from hearing the story and from the pictures. This helps build vocabulary.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on September 2, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Under My Hood I Have a Hat

Under My Hood I Have a HatEven in a fairly simple story like Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin, there are words that we don’t use in everyday conversation. Even if you don’t talk about the meaning of all these words as you read, your child hears the words in the story and gets an idea of what they mean from hearing the story and from the pictures. This helps build vocabulary.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on Categories: Vocabulary