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Get Ready To Read! Building Narrative Skills

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Mother and baby readingToday’s children are expected to have strong pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. How can parents ensure that they are providing the right experiences for their children to develop these skills? Many parents don’t realize that literacy education actually begins in infancy. 

The good news is that helping your child attain such skills is much easier than you may think. Almost ANY activity that you do with your child is helping them develop literacy skills. It can be as simple as talking and singing to your child, reading to them, or even describing to them what they are feeling, hearing, tasting, touching, seeing and doing.

One simple activity to start with is looking at pictures.  Look at family photos, or pictures from books and magazines and talk about what you see. Better yet, check out some of the UAPL’s wordless picture books. Snuggle up in your favorite comfy chair, look at the pictures and make up your own stories! This activity helps your child develop narrative skills.  We have many wordless books, but some of our favorites are:

 

Do-It-Yourself Sensory Bottles

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Create some fun, engaging sensory bottles for your baby or toddler. These are easy to make and let your child explore how different objects move and sound inside the bottles. Your baby or toddler can roll them, bang them, and watch the objects move around. Adding water or corn syrup to some of the bottles will create a different effect.

Below are pictures of the ones that I made. You can use a variety of different materials – just look around your home to see what you have! Just be sure to hot glue the caps on so the materials stay safely inside.

Materials:

  • Empty Water Bottles
  • A variety of materials for the bottles: brightly colored puff balls, rice, beans, popcorn, glitter and water, aluminum foil pieces, buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Water or corn syrup

           

        

Bug Storytime

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Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

This week's storytime was a blast! We shared books, rhymes and songs about bugs. All of the material we use in our storytime can be found in the library–we shared:<!–break–>

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Tip, Dig, and Build Your Way Through Summer!

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The Lane Road Library recently held a Construction Party for preschoolers to celebrate the “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading theme. If you missed the party, below are some books and activities you might enjoy.

Hammering Activity: Not only is this fun, but it is great for hand-eye coordination.

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Supplies needed:

  • Blocks of styrofoam
  • Golf tees
  • Toy hammer

Just put the golf tees in the styrofoam and hammer away!

Also, what preschooler doesn't love digging with trucks? All you need is a plastic tub, rice, beans, or seeds, and shovels and construction vehicles. Instant fun!

Finally, check out the books below to share with your construction-loving preschooler. Happy Building!

Reading is Dino-Mite!

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This week we have kicked off our summer storytimes with Dinosaurs!  The activity room has been full of stomping dino feet and loud dino roars.  If you know some children who love dinosaurs, and let's face it most of them do, then this is a great summer to live in Columbus!  The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Dinosaur Island is happening all summer long and I was fortunate to get to visit last week and check it out.  Wow!  My family had a great time and we have since been checking out a lot of dinosaur books.  If you plan to visit the dinosaurs at the zoo this summer you may want to check out some of these great non-fiction titles for younger dinosaur readers. 

Babies: Get Ready for Summer Reading Club!

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Babies and toddlers, we want you to Dig Into Reading with UAPL this summer!

Many folks are surprised when they learn that here at UAPL we have a Summer Reading Club for infants and toddlers! But we know that building vocabulary and literacy skills starts from day one. Snuggling while reading to baby, incorporating play and singing into storytime, establishing a reading routine with baby, and allowing baby to explore books with his/her mouth are all excellent ways to begin baby's love of reading.

By offering a Summer Reading Club for babies and toddlers we hope to encourage early learning and literacy. By reading to your baby and participating in early literacy activities (and storytime at the library!) you can earn prizes for your baby at 5 and 10 hours. After 10 hours baby's name is automatically entered into a Grand Prize drawing for a basket of board books and a snuggly toy.

Here are some more tips to get you started!

Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 4th and ends Saturday August 3rd.

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