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Archive for November, 2010

Action Songs Can Build Vocabulary

If you're happy and you know it- jungle Sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with different actions, such as clap your hands, pat your head, tap your toes, and touch your nose. Make up new verses for other body parts your child is learning to name! This will help add to your child’s ever-growing vocabulary, which is a key part of building reading readiness.

–Tip by Jan P., Preschool/Child Care Liaison

By on November 29, 2010 Categories: Vocabulary

Keep Reading a Positive Experience

Best time to read

You may often hear the phrase “Read with your child for 15 or 20 minutes a day.”  Some days your child may not want to sit still that long.  It is more important that the interaction between you and your child be positive rather than long.  Follow your child’s moods and interests when reading together.  This will encourage print motivation

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


By on November 15, 2010 Categories: Print Motivation

Point to the words

Hurry hurry To increase your child’s print awareness, run your finger under the words of the title as you say it. This helps children understand that you are reading the text, not the pictures. If you choose a book with only a few words on each page, you can point to the words as you say them. Try these books with minimal words and large text: Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting, Lunch by Denise Fleming and At the Zoo by Douglas Florian.

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

By on November 2, 2010 Categories: Print Awareness