Little Kids @ UAPL

Get Ready To Read! Print Awareness

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Print awareness is noticing print everywhere! Print awareness is knowing that the squiggly lines on a page symbolize something meaningful. Print awareness is the knowledge that writing in English is read from left to right and that the text flows from the top of the page to the bottom. Another aspect of print awareness is being familiar with how a book works; that books have covers, and pages to be turned, left to right. 

Helping your child develop this skill is easier than you think. Watch this video for some at-home tips:

Why not make your own book at home? You and your child can make up and write your own story,  practice writing their name, or may be even paste photos of friends and family. Make a point to design the cover, come up with a title, and don't forget to add the author's name!!

 

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 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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