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Archive for April, 2010

Building Baby’s Vocabulary

If you're happy and you know it Building a strong vocabulary is an important part of early literacy.  With babies and toddlers, almost any word can be a new word for them to learn!  When you sing the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” with different actions—clap your hands, pat your head, tap your toes, touch your nose—it helps your child practice vocabulary words for types of actions and parts of the body.  Make up new verses with different actions and other body parts that your child is learning to name!

-Tip by Jan P., Preschool/Childcare Liaison


By on April 26, 2010 Categories: Vocabulary

Marching Around the Alphabet

One little sound For most children, drilling the letter names and sounds is not fun.  Songs are a fun way to teach the alphabet.  Try the song, “Marching Around the Alphabet,” which is on the Hap Palmer CD called One Little Sound.  Write the letters of the alphabet on slips of paper and lay them out in a circle on the floor.  March around them to the song and when you hear the whistle, have your child pick up a letter and tell you its name and what sound it makes.  You can help your child if he or she is just beginning to learn letters and their sounds. 

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

By on April 13, 2010 Categories: Letter Knowledge