Have fun this February! Most storytimes are starting again as well as programming for all ages!
Don’t forget to visit your local Stark County District Library location and tell your librarian your favorite activity.
Click the calendar for a larger, printable version. Don’t forget to visit your local library and let the librarians know which activity was your favorite!
Prefixes, Suffixes, and Greek and Latin Root Words. Sounds scary. Sounds difficult. In reality, knowing the origin and breaking down larger words can help children learn new vocabulary quick and easy. Look at the word autobiography. If we break it … Continue reading
Laugh, Play, Read Literacy Night has begun again. If you haven’t attended a Laugh, Play, Read program at our library, here is a snippet of what you can expect. Once a month at our Main Library and once a month … Continue reading
In October, I shared with you three apps perfect for your preschooler who is working on his/her early literacy skills. Today, I will be sharing three more great apps for your school-ager (Kindergarten through 2nd grade). These apps come from … Continue reading
We’ve discussed this before on Laugh Play Read, but here’s another infographic that puts it in perspective. Reading and talking to your child is so important.
Source: United Way of Hall County
We’ve talked about great books to read with your children in the last four months. And there will definitely be more lists to come; however, it is just as easy to make your book and the benefits outweigh the energy and little cost it requires to make.
So why make your own book? It goes along with the idea of repetition, shape/color/object recognition, motivation, and bonding. If children are helping co-author the book with you, they will be more likely to recognize the shapes or objects in the book. If they are able to choose the topic, there is more motivation to want to read it–over and over again. And if they are reading it over and over again, there is repetition–a key skill in the early literacy process.
Making your own book requires just a few things: pictures, markers or crayons, glue, paper, and a stapler or rings to bind it. Next, you need to choose a topic. This can range from going on a walk and taking pictures of things you see together to cutting out pictures from a magazine to letting your child draw the pictures (or illustrate). If you are going to take pictures, try letting your child take a couple photographs or at least let them point to the things they want to have photographed. If you are going to cut out pictures from a magazine, let your child try using the scissors–guide them, but let them do the work. This helps build small muscles and leads to better handwriting. After you have your pictures, glue them on construction paper or cardstock. Make sure you label each page with a specific word or sentence–depending on the age of your child. Then staple the book together or punch holes in the pages and keep them together using a ring from the office supply store.
The possibilities are endless. Some suggestions though…if you are doing a shape book, take pictures of familiar places and then have your child point out specific shapes in the pictures. Outline them and label the page with the shape name. Go on a nature walk and take pictures. Ask your child what each picture is about and write down what he/she says. Write a sentence leaving out one word. Let your child fill in the blank and then color a picture to go along with that sentence. Use old greeting cards, paint samples, wallpaper books, junk mail, cereal boxes, book covers (free at the library!!), or pictures from those books from your collection that are falling apart to save them from the trash.
Here are so more tips for creating your own homemade book.
And don’t forget to show your local librarian what you made!!
How many times have you purchased an expensive new toy for your child only to find them playing with the box with great enthusiasm leaving the new toy tossed to the side? Why do they do that? What is it about that box that makes it so much more fascinating than the fancy new toy? I think I may have found the answer:
While the toy is really just a toy (unless it’s a set of blocks or Legos or something that could serve more than one purpose), the box is so much more than just a box. It can be a car at the “drive-in” movie theater (your living room); it can be a Jeep on Safari; it can be a secret clubhouse; it can be a super special reading nook. Remember, the simpler the toy the more complex the learning; the more complex the toy, the simpler the learning.
So don’t throw away those boxes from Christmas just yet! Here are a sixty other ideas for cardboard boxes in all sizes from Red Ted Art; just click HERE!
Don’t forget to stop by the library and pick up a book about the fun in a cardboard box.
If you have been following this blog the last four months, then you know play is so important in the life of a child, especially in the first three years. Play is learning. Play is exploring. Play is experimenting. Play is fun. I could say more about play, but I found this great graphic that summarizes everything I need to say:
An infographic from First Things First.
Looking for something creative to do while on Winter Break? Why not write a letter? There’s nothing like running to the mailbox to find a letter from a friend or relative!
Stop by the library and pick up a couple books to inspire your writing. Sitting down at a table, on a couch, or on the floor with your child to write a letter to someone special is a great way to give him or her attention, bond and communicate: the three most important things a child needs.
It’s that time of year again: time for road trips and family car rides! If you have a long ride in your near future with young children, here is a fun activity for you to do: Read and Write on the Road. Click the link and it will take you to a fantastic pack of cards you can print for free!
In this pack, creator Erin Ring gives parents a selection of ideas to help make the car ride seem a little shorter with games. It requires little more than a printer (to make the cards) and a bag of small goodies: a variety of books, a notepad, pencil, clipboard (or lapboard), and crayons.
Skills in the pack include letter and sound recognition, storytelling and retelling skills, speaking, categorizing, drawing conclusions, and more. This is great for children preschool through third grade.
Did you download it and use it on a roadtrip? Which activity was your favorite?
What city has the longest name? Do you know? It’s not Cleveland. It’s not Tuscarawas. In fact, it’s not even in the United States. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the official name for the city of Bangkok in Thailand holds the record for the world’s longest name of a place: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. And this information comes from a neat little corner of the Internet: a place called Wonderopolis.
Every day the website offers a “Wonder of the Day,” where you and your child can read about a specific topic (today it’s exotic places) and then answers questions about the topic. There are more links to explore after reading the story: links to maps, photographs, words, and more research. But that’s just the Wonder of the Day.
Click on the “Explore Wonders” tab and you’ll find all sorts of questions and topics to explore. Topics on health, social studies, language arts, science, art, music, breakfast, careers, foreign languages, math, vegetables, and more. You can even suggest and vote on what others are wondering. These topics can be sorted by grade level (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade) and matched to state Common Core standards.
This is the perfect site to visit while you are stuck indoors due to the cold, snowy weather!
So what do you wonder about? Comment below!