Posts Tagged ‘Early Literacy’

The Starry Night Sky: Books and Early Literacy Activities for Backyard Fun!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

This week at the Westerville Public Library we are talking about the starry night sky….so we are exploring the stars, the night time and all of the things that happen under the starry night sky…

At night we like to catch fireflies…

Try this firefly finger play at home!

I caught a little firefly, I held it carefully (catch a firefly and cup your hands)
It tickled as it crawled around and lit its light for me. (tickle as your fingers crawl around your hand)
I watched it for awhile and then I set it free! (put your arms up like you are setting your firefly free)
My firefly flew around my yard happily! (wiggle your fingers like little fireflies flying around the yard)

At night we like to look at the stars…

Try this at home! Have fun and practice your early literacy skills at the same time with these activities:

  • Sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with  your child. Be sure to exaggerate the vowel sounds or clap along with the tune. This helps develop your child’s phonological awareness –how sounds make up words– and it is a great way to build pre-reading skills!
  • Stay up late one night and star gaze…you don’t need a deep knowledge of the constellations to enjoy star gazing, you can make up your own constellations and then use those characters to invent myths or tell bedtime stories! Telling stories builds narrative skills and is good old-fashioned fun!
  •  Describe the stars and how the grass feels when you lie in it…talk about how you are feeling and about how much you and your child love each other.  Besides warm fuzzies, your child will be expanding his vocabulary as you talk.
  • Catch some fireflies and keep them as overnight visitors…explain that if your are gentle and return the insects to where you found them it is ok to keep them for a bit. Then check out books at the library that explain the parts to the insects body and how their magical lights really work. The curiosity that leads to discovery is a large part of print motivation–the joy of reading and exploring books!

The fun doesn’t end there! Join us at the library on Friday all day long to make a star and moon or solar system mobile to take home. We’ll provide the craft stuff and you provide the creativity!

Want more summer reads? Check out these starry night sky picks:

Born to Read: Print Awareness

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

What the heck is “print awareness”?

Print awareness is a skill that children who are not yet reading can develop in which they start to notice printed text and understands how a book works.

Your child will learn that books have a cover, an author, that they are read from top to bottom and left to right, that pages are read in order, that they use words and pictures to tell the story & more.

There are several easy ways to help your child develop their print awareness skills.

  • Point out signs while you are driving, walking or at the grocery store.
  • Explain that signs help us know where things are and how to get to places.
  • While sharing books, point to words as you read them so that your child learns that you are reading the words and not the pictures.
  • Let your child turn the pages as you read.
  • If a book has a word or phrase that repeats, point to it and let the child say it. Check out this list of books with repetition.
  • Hold a book upside down and see if your child knows it needs to be turned around.
  • Read books that include words or print as part of the pictures.

Check out this list of suggested books for developing print awareness skills.

Or learn about the other 5 early literacy skills that will help your child learn to read, including Print Motivation, Letter Knowledge, Phonological Awareness, Narrative Skills and Vocabulary.