Early Literacy Tip of the Week

March 2, 2015 by

Help your children enjoy books by having them participate while you read. For example, you can ask them to join in by saying a repeated phrase.

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Kid Picks

March 1, 2015 by

5th grade presidentfly guyjanuary childmr puttermy blue is happynat the catsilverlicioussuper hair-o

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Nancy Knows

February 27, 2015 by

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By Cybele Young

Nancy the elephant can remember all sorts of things, but she knows she’s forgetting something important! As she tries to remember, we can see all of the things she’s thinking about filling up her line art. To try and determine what she’s forgotten, she remembers things that she knows. All sorts of paper sculptures fill the elephant as she thinks about things that are similar, like the same shape or color, things that face one way, then another, things in neat rows and things that are a jumbled mess. Nancy helps the reader lean about many opposites in her quest to remember what she’s forgotten. When she finally stops thinking and lets her mind rest, the answer finally comes to her!

Nancy Knows is a precious book with lots of little details to offer. You and your little one will find yourselves examining each picture to see what all you can find in Nancy’s thoughts. Challenge your child to think of other opposites that Nancy has forgotten, like hot and cold, or high and low.

Recommended for ages 4-7.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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New Preschool Science Kits!

February 26, 2015 by

In addition to the many wonderful Science Kits we have available for checkout for kids aged 8 and up, we now have Preschool Science Kits geared for kids ages 3-6 as well! Each kit introduces basic science concepts through hands-on exploration and discovery, in accordance with the TEA guidelines for cognitive development.

We currently have three topics ready for checkout: Magnets, Color and Vision, and the brand new My Body kit!

My Body Photo

New kits coming very soon: Dinosaurs, Growing Things, Water, Animals, Ocean Life, Space, Sound and Hearing, and Motion and Simple Machines!

To put a kit on hold, just search for Preschool Science Kits in our catalog.

Get ready to explore, investigate, and have fun—and be sure to let us know what you think!

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My First Touch and Feel: PUPPIES

February 25, 2015 by

Puppies (My First Touch and Feel Books) Cover

My First Touch and Feel

PUPPIES

This board book combines simple text with adorable puppy pictures, each one with a sensory aspect. Your little one can touch fluffy fur, a soft pink tongue, silky fur, a smooth ball, and a shiny bright blue bow.

Though the words in the book are few, you can increase your child’s vocabulary by having him/her describe the pictures to you (or you can describe them to him/her if they aren’t yet verbal enough)

Having your child touch and feel the different textures can also improve their hand-eye coordination.

Books that incorporate textures for little hands are super engaging, and when they are combined with real puppy photos, that’s a jackpot in my book. Happy reading!

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eContent for Kids!

February 24, 2015 by

In case you haven’t checked it out, our link to eBooks & eContent for kids will show you the newest such material provided by your library, as well as links for finding all our eContent for kids. Yes, we have a special section set up just for children’s materials!

econtentKids

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What Ship is Not a Ship?

February 24, 2015 by

by Harriet Ziefert

A new book in our library called What Ship is Not a Ship is a fun guessing game for you and your child.  We all take for granted certain words and their definitions.  What if you asked the question, what is a bear?  I assumed it was a large heavy animal with thick fur and sharp claws.  But what bear is not a bear?  What hat is not a hat and what pie is not a pie?  These are just a few of the questions throughout this book that make you think in a different way.  Why not challenge your child and find new vocabulary words as well as a new way to think outside the box.  I must admit I did not know the answer to what bear is not a bear?  When I turned the page a beautifully illustrated picture of a woolly bear was looking at me. The illustrations are large and colorful which adds to the enjoyment of the book as well as the answer to the question.  Some of the questions are fairly easy but a few of them will make you pause and think!

I enjoyed this book from the moment I picked it up.  It is great book for children ages 3 and up and can be enjoyed one on one or in a group situation.

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

February 23, 2015 by

Keep books in the car, the diaper bag and around the house. You’ll be ready to read anytime!

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Kid Picks

February 22, 2015 by

dork diaries 1five in a caravan 2fraidyzoo 3long haul 4max's bunny business 5penny and her marble 6please write back 7warrior cats 8wizard of oz 9

 

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App Time Session 6: Curious George and the Firefighters and Toca Nature

February 21, 2015 by

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Curious George and the Firefighters by iRead With

available in iTunes and Google Play for $2.99

Yesterday in App Time, we looked at the app Curious George and the Firefighters. There are three ways to interact with this app. The first option is to simply listen the narrated story. The words are not highlighted as the narrator reads, so make sure you are running your finger along the text to help your child raise print awareness. The second option is why I chose to demonstrate the app. It is called Read & Talk. This option includes a parent avatar that acts as a guide while you engage in the story with your child. As you click on different colored words throughout the story, the parent avatar will pop up with a question or a prompt that requires an answer from your child. The act of asking questions helps increase reading comprehension. Statements such as talking about how characters feel or discussing why a character did something in particular helps keep your child engaged with the story. Feel free to incorporate this practice as you read other book apps and print books. In this option, you can also record your voice for specific words that are highlighted throughout the story. The app calls these words living words. When you select living words on the page, they complete an action along with the corresponding illustration. Living words help with word recognition. The third option in the Curious George and the Firefighters app is called the Theater. This option allows your child to recreate different scenes from the story with stickers. They can record their voice as they animate the scene. This is great way to boost reading comprehension and narrative skills.

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Toca Nature by Toca Boca

available in iTunes for $2.99

Our activity app in App Time was called Toca Nature. This is one of my favorite apps we’ve explore in App Time, so far. It encourages open-ended play, something that is so important for children’s early literacy development. The app starts off with an empty plot of land. It’s your child’s job to create a whole new world using the options at the bottom. They can create mountains and hills, lakes, rivers, and ponds, and all kinds of different forests that contain various wildlife. Once they are happy with their creation, they can explore the landscape with the magnifying glass at the bottom. In this explore mode, your child can move forward, backward, and side to side. To turn, use the globe at the bottom left corner. You’ll come across lots of different wildlife as you explore. There are bears, bunnies, foxes, birds, and deer. Sometimes they get hungry!! A thought bubble will appear above their head with the specific food they are craving. Feed them from your food collections at the bottom. There are berries, nuts, mushrooms, and fish. If you run out of berries, for example, search the ground until you find berries. Click on them and you can add them to your collection. To exit the explorer mode, click the arrow at the top right corner. To start over and create a new world, use the axe to erase trees, the water to erode mountains, and the mountains to fill up water.

Hope to see you at App Time! This program is held at Haggard Library on Fridays, 11am.

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