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Get Ready To Read! Letter Knowledge

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At some point in early childhood, children realize that letters are different from each other. They learn to recognize all letters, in both lower and upper cases. They learn the name of each letter and what sound accompanies each letter. This process is known as letter knowledge. This skill can be developed by every day reading and writing activities such as playing with alphabet letters on a refrigerator, reading and pointing out letters in alphabet books, naming letters on signs at the grocery store and even tracing letters on a dry erase board. This short video shows just how easy it is to fit this into any busy parent's schedule:

 

Try this fun idea! You can make your very own magnetic letter board. Just spray a cookie sheet a fun color and add magnetic letters!

The UAPL has a wonderful collection of alphabet books. Check these out:

Get Ready To Read! Vocabulary

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Vocabulary is simply knowing the names of things. Words and their meanings are the building blocks of literacy development. The more words a child knows, the easier it will be for him or her to understand what they read.  A parent can help their child build vocabulary by exploring different types of books, formats, and subjects in both fiction and non-fiction. As unfamiliar words are encountered, the parent and the child can sound them out together and talk about what each new word means. At home, parents can introduce new words into every day conversation. For example, instead of the usual, “Get in the car, we're going to the library!” you could say, “Let's get into our automobile (or vehicle)!” 

Enjoy these books from our collection, chosen especially for their colorful vocabulary:

Do You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

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Do you think it's easy being the Tooth Fairy? All those teeth and so little time! If your child is entering the stage of losing teeth we have plenty of books to help them through the transition. Stop in the Youth Department and ask a Librarian to get you started on some great books, and while you are here be sure to show us your wiggly teeth! 

In Like a Lion

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March is upon us and hopefully that means we will soon have a break from this long and cold winter.  My favorite thing about this time of year is having those random warm and sunny days that even when it's only 45 degrees it feels like summer after all the bitter cold.  Even the birds and squirrels seem to feel this way and as the snow melts there is more and more activity all around us outside.  This is a great time of year to celebrate the seasons changing and for children to see how plants and animals come alive as it turns to spring.  Here are some great picture books about the changing seasons.

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