Bring the family to the Union Twp. Branch on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:45pm to learn about Chinese traditions while hearing stories, enjoying treats and making a special New Year’s craft. For more information or to register, call the library at 528-1744 or register online.
One skill that goes hand in hand with reading is writing. You can find many ways to incorporate writing into your daily routine with your child – whether you’re making a grocery list or writing a note, you can point out the uses of writing to children, which helps them understand that writing is meaningful, and they can write alongside you! Even if your child is not yet old enough to form letters or words, pretend writing (or “emergent writing”) in the form of scribbles helps them develop the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills necessary for writing in the future and still reinforces that writing is important.
Here are some books that incorporate writing in the story or help develop writing as a skill:
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert – This book uses large print and labels all the objects, which helps kids learn new vocabulary words and make connections between the printed words and the pictures.
Baby’s Shapes by Karen Katz – For babies and toddlers, learning shapes is the first step to learning letters. Being able to recognize the differences in shapes is the same skill used to differentiate between letters when reading and writing.
Here are some fun ways to explore writing:
• Write letters in the steam that forms on kitchen windows when you’re cooking, the frost on windows, the dust on your car, or the sand at the park.
• Make letters out of cardboard and have your child put the letter under a piece of paper. Color over the letter with crayons and watch the letter underneath the paper magically appear.
• Make letter-shaped cookies or form letters with clay, pipe cleaners, or other craft materials.
• After your child draws pictures or a story, have them tell you what the pictures are about so that you can caption their drawing or help them write a caption.
(Ideas from Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library, 2011)
You can get more ideas about how to use all five of the early literacy practices (Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing) at StoryTime at any of our branches. Here at Amelia, our StoryTimes are starting back up during the first week of February: ToddlerTime with Miss Meghann is on Wednesdays at 10:30 and Preschool StoryTime with me, Miss Cara, is on Thursdays at 10:30. We hope to see you soon!
Welcome back to StoryTime at the Union Township Branch! We had a busy year in 2012 and we’re looking forward to having just as many awesome events to tell you about this year.
To start out our New Year on the right foot, our first week of StoryTime was all about Food (because healthy eating is something we all should practice…for at least 2 weeks at the beginning of every year). We read:
- Crunch Munch by Jonathan London
- Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
- Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
- I’d Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio
- Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barabara Jean Hicks
You might remember, last year our Every Child Ready to Read program got a makeover and we changed some of the reading skills that we focus on during StoryTime. This week we featured Singing as our Early Literacy practice. Singing is a great way for kids to learn about language.; it changes the way they hear words and introduces them to rhyming words (which builds Phonological Awareness. Bam! two for one early literacy jackpot!) We sang and had our Silly Dance Contest to ‘Spaghetti Legs,’ a super fun song off of Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes. The kids did an awesome job imagining what it would be like if their bodies were turned into spaghetti!
My FAVORITE part of StoryTime this week was an amazing flannel board that Ms. Cheryl made to go along with the poem ‘Ode to a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich’ from James Proimos’ book If I Were In Charge the Rules Would Be Different.
Next week we have our regularly scheduled ToddlerTime (Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30) and PreschoolTime (Wednesday and Thursday at 11:30) Both will feature stories about winter animals. Check out our calendar online for other upcoming programs and awesome events. Hope we see you at the Union Township Branch Library soon!
Howdy! This Tuesday was our first OFFICIAL FamilyNight of the year and we kicked it off with one of Ms. Garria’s favorite story time themes- Prepositions! What’s that? You think prepositions are lame? Or worse, you’re like Ms. Laura and you’ve been out of school for so long that you don’t even remember what a preposition is?
Don’t worry, prepositions are EASY! The kids caught on right away to what they are. Prepositions show how two things relate to each other. To start out our FamilyNight we had a practical lesson in how they work. It went like this: if you think of two things, say Darth Vader and Darcy’s Donkey, a preposition would tell you where they are in relation to each other. You could, if you were so inclined, put Darth Vader ON the Donkey. Or the Donkey could chase Darth AROUND the room, UNDER and OVER all the tables. Or Darth and Donkey could both get a time out for being too rowdy in the library and have to stand AGAINST the wall and watch the kids enjoy FamilyNight. Just, you know, for example.
All of our books and games featured excellent prepositions. We read:
- Joey and Jet by James Yang
- The Fly Flew In by David Catrow
- Big Frog Can’t Fit In by Mo Willems
- In Front of My House by Marianne Dubuc
- There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Our Ready to Read Early Literacy activity this week was Playing. Kids can learn a lot about language even when playing with non-literary toys. Play helps them to think symbolically and teaches them how to express themselves. We got out our big parachute and practiced our prepositions by making it go up IN the air, laying it ON the ground, but most importantly, by running ACROSS and THROUGH it while the adults made it dance. We also had a delicious snack of Fruit Loops, which we put through their prepositional paces as well; we put them ON our noses, BEHIND our ears, made them travel AROUND our heads and finally put them IN our mouths (yum!). Even our craft was prepositionally awesome. We used construction paper to weave decorative patterns, with the time honored technique of putting the paper strips OVER, UNDER and THROUGH each other.
Our next FamilyNight will be Tuesday, February 5th. We’re going to celebrate Chinese New Year with stories, game, crafts and treats. Register online or call the branch (513-528-1744) to sign up your family. Don’t forget we have StoryTime every Wednesday and Thursday as well! Toddler time is at 10:30 and PreschoolTime is at 11:30. Hope we see you soon at the Union Township Branch Library!