Posts Tagged ‘early literacy skills’

Early Literacy Tip: Best Books for Letter Knowledge

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Gather ’round, ya’ll, it’s time for the next installment in our series of posts about the six early literacy skills: print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and narrative skills.

Letter knowledge is understanding that letters are different from one another, and that they have different names and sounds.  Older kids can work on this skill by reading fun alphabet books, picking out favorite letters on signs, or playing a game to see how many words they can think of that start with the same sound/letter.  You can work on early literacy skills anywhere and anytime with a little creativity!

Babies start developing letter knowledge by learning about shapes.  Think of it this way — the only difference between a lower case “n” and a lower case “h” is the height of the stem.  If your child is used to looking at shapes and can differentiate one from another, it’ll be much easier for them to pick out different letter shapes when the time comes.

More books for developing letter knowledge!

Early Literacy Tip: Best Books for Vocabulary

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the six early literacy skills: print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and narrative skills.

Vocabulary is simply knowing the names of things.  The larger your child’s vocabulary the better they’ll be able to express themselves, avoiding unnecessary frustration.  When your child has the words to explain what they’re feeling, it’s easier on both of you.  Furthermore, children with larger vocabularies have a head start when they learn to read because it’s much easier to sound out words that are familiar to them.

More great books for developing vocabulary!  And don’t forget to check out our Born to Read page for more early literacy information and tips!

Early Literacy Tip: Best Books for Print Motivation

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

It’s never too early to read with your kids!  Current research shows that there are six pre-reading skills that get children ready to read: print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and narrative skills.  Starting from birth, simple every day activites can enhance these skills.

Print motivation, a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books, is the easiest to work on.  Any time you have fun reading with your child, you’re developing your child’s print motivation.  Pop-ups, lift-the-flap, and touch and feel books are so much fun, your child won’t even know reading is good for them!

Check out our Born to Read page to learn more about early literacy!

Rockin’ and Rollin’

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Kids love music, and it’s good for them too! Just as you rock them to sleep and teach them to roll themselves over, you can teach them great literacy skills, such as phonological awareness, by singing and playing music.

The library has a large collection of children’s music to choose from, including the newly ordered titles below.

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With songs like Marshmallow Farm, The Secret Life of Six & Big Rock Candy Mountain, your kids will moving and grooving!

Road Trip!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Okay, so maybe you and your kids are not part of the select (lucky) group that can read in the car without getting sick.  Never fear!  Travel time is not lost time when you use music to enhance your pre-reader’s early literacy skills.  Grab two chopsticks, pencils, crayons, or sticks and make your own rhythm sticks!  Sing these fun songs:

This Is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks.
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Everybody Count to Six (to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)
Everybody count to six,
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Tap to six upon your sticks,
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Additional verses (change only the third line):
Scrape to six upon your sticks…
Pound to six upon your sticks…
Hammer to six upon your sticks…

Or, check out some CDs and tap along!

Reserve it! Reserve it!

If your kids love music, join us every other Thursday for Get Musical.  Check out our Events Calendar to register for more information!

Puzzled?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Did you know that you can check out puzzles for your little one?

Solving puzzles is a great way for kids to develop hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, motor skills and early literacy skills. But most importantly, they’re fun!

Reserve it!

Check out our complete list of puzzles available for checkout, or stop in the library’s Picture Book room during your next visit.