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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:

Creatures of the Night

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Have you ever taken a “night walk” with a flashlight? It’s fun to discover all the things that are just waking up when we’re getting ready for bed. Nocturnal creatures such as badgers, bats, foxes, owls, insects and many more are usually awake and most active during the night. Check out the books below for stories about a variety of creatures that come out at night as well as a fun guessing rhyme for caregivers and children to share. 

Try this guessing rhyme with your little ones, too!

Rhyming Activity - There's Something in the Nighttime (Credit: SLC Book Boy)

There's something in the nighttime

That I can't really see

There's something in the nighttime,

Now what can it be?

Whoo, whoo

Hear its funny sound

Whoo, whoo

An owl is what I found!

(Continue the rhyme with other night animals and the sounds they might make!)

 

 

 

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.

Storytime Songs & CDs

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I like to play a lot of music in my storytimes, and some of my favorite songs include “Dance, Freeze, Melt” and “Jumping and Counting”.  Those songs and more can be found on the CDs listed below.  Request one today to extend storytime learning and fun in your car or at your house!  

Picture Book Selection: And Then It's Spring

What a winter we have had in central Ohio!  Spring is finally here according to the calendar!  Celebrate by checking out “And Then It's Spring” by Julie Fogliano and award-winning artist Erin Stead.  A boy and his dog are tired of brown winter and they dig and plant seeds.  They wait and then wait and then finally it's spring and everything is green and colorful!  Great for ages 4 and up.  

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