Early Literacy Activities

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Parents, do you have a a toddler or preschooler at home who's learning their ABC's? Here's a great early literacy activity for them from the Reading is Fundemantal website.

Letter Hunt
Ages: Toddlers, preschoolers
Materials: Construction paper, pencil, scissors, tape

1. Using one sheet of construction paper per letter, draw 10 letters.
2. Cut out the letters.
3. Go around your house and tape each cut-out to something that begins with the letter. For example, put an "R" on your refrigerator, a "D" on your door, or a "T" on your table. Make sure to position the letters at eye-level for your children.
4. Explain to your child what you've done. Ask if she would like to go on a letter hunt with you, and then walk with her around the house as she looks for the letters.
5. As she finds each cut-out, talk about other words that also begin with that letter.
6. After a few days, remove the letters and create a set of new ones. Repeat the activity.

For more early literacy activities from Reading is Fundemental click here.

Book Buzz: Out To Lunch

Friday, September 11, 2009

Out to Lunch, Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik
This is Katie’s second adventure, where she changes into someone or something else, last time it was the class hamster. Now, Katie's two friends are arguing over who can take Speedy, the class hamster home for the weekend and they put her right in the middle and she doesn’t like it. She escapes to the bathroom and she can feel it is starting to happen again – who will she turn into this time? Fans of Clementine and Ivy and Bean will look forward to reading about Katie Kazoo. (J fiction)

The End of Summer

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wednesday was the last day of our "Be Creative" summer reading program. We celebrated with the musical and artistic talents of children’s entertainer and illustrator, Steve Pullara. All ages were invited.

It was such a nice night for a concert. The weather was perfect for a picnic dinner before the fun began...

And then parents and children danced and sang as the sun sank down in the sky.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's summer reading program! We had a blast painting, podcasting, making music, and being all kinds of creative. We'll miss the sound of the prize wheel spinning but we're looking forward to our fall programs.
Hope to see you there!

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