Noisy words are a fun way to build phonological awareness, or being able to hear different sounds in words. Teaching children that the cow says “moo,” the pig says “oink,” and so on not only teaches your child about animals, but also about sounds that words can make. This will help them later when they are learning to read.
–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison
The hilarious picture book The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort repeats a lot of the same words. Stories and songs with repeating parts allow your child to more easily retell the things that happened in them, which increases narrative skills. In this book, we see different animals go onto the bus. After reading this book, can you tell why the LAST animal on the bus causes everyone to get off?
–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant
Print motivation is the enjoyment of books and reading. The book ‘Night, Circus by Mark Corcoran repeats the phrase, “’Night,” so that the narrator can say goodnight to every member of the circus. While reading this book, have your child say “’Night” to all the members of the circus. This will help your child stay involved in the book and is a way to support print motivation.
–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian
Use books about things children are familiar with to increase their letter knowledge. If they are interested in the word or have a connection to it they will remember it more easily. In the book A Bed for Bear by Clive McFarland, point to the letter “B” and say its name and sound. Then let your child know that the letter “B” is the first letter in the words “bed” and “bear.” You can even help your child make the letter in the air with his or her finger. By focusing on one letter during your book sharing, you will help to increase your child’s knowledge about letters.
–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant
As you read Monster, Be Good! by Natalie Marshall, have your child tell the monster the phrase after you read it. Then when you are done, ask some questions like, “What would you say if someone gave you a present?” or “What do you say if you accidentally bump into someone?” When you ask your child questions, give them extra time to think and to answer you. Talking back and forth uses different parts of the brain, so it takes time for children to form their responses. This is a fun way to learn manners and narrative skills!
–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Librarian