Notes from Story Time

Notes from Story Time Blog

Let’s Sing


stinky cakeSinging
is a great way to slow down the words in a song so children can hear the parts blended together.  Check out some of the great CDs in the Youth Department.

–Tip by Carol Capra, Elementary School Liaison

Monster Scribbles

Monster ColorsWhen your child is little, a great way to practice writing skills is to encourage them to scribble and draw. In Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin, the monsters like to scribble with different colored crayons. This could be a fun activity for you to do at home.

–Tip by Mary Smith, Head of Youth Services

Imaginary Play

YuyiThe most critical aspect of play as it relates to language development is that children learn to think symbolically. They learn that one thing, like a block, can represent another thing, like a phone. This is the same kind of thinking that allows them to understand that a picture or the written word represents the real thing. When children engage in pretend play, as seen in Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales, they are thinking symbolically.

–Tip by Erin Emerick, Youth Programming Coordinator

Let’s Talk About Camping

campingWhen you add new words and information as you talk to children, you are developing their vocabulary and background knowledge. Reading picture and nonfiction books is a great way to introduce new or unfamiliar words.

–Tip by Dana Folkerts, Assistant Head of Youth Services

Getting a Little Messy

mudMost children enjoy playing with dirt, sand, mud, water, and other materials with different textures, sounds, and smells. Such play develops the senses.  Ask your child questions about what he or she is doing?  How does it feel?  What does she smell?  What sounds can he make?  This will improve your child’s narrative and vocabulary skills.

–Tip by Keary Bramwell, Youth Collection Librarian