When you read to your child, ask what, where and how questions. By asking questions, you will find out how much your child understands about the story, and you’ll be helping to increase their comprehension.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Recommended for ages 7-10.
“Disney recently released an app called Bill Nye the Science Guy. When you first open the app a voice over by Bill Nye exclaims, “You’ve arrived at my desk!” and a desk full of objects is shown. Users can choose from objects on the desk, such as a rocket, a robot or a sundial, and the app will bring users into a different lesson. There is a huge variety of options to learn from such as: games designed to teach users about the solar system as you take pictures from a rocket, learning about planet Earth’s geological history while digging up a backyard, and cool optical illusions woven into a storyline about alien invasion.
In addition to games, there is also a book of do-it-yourself experiments and the six science experiments require nothing more than everyday household items. Be sure to check out the bobble head. It has interesting science facts to share.” From a review on Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog.
We had a blast at Harrington’s Preschool Storytime this week reading and singing about fish. This video shows us singing “Octopus” by Charlotte Diamond. Commonly known as “Slippery Fish,” it’s found on her album, 10 Carrot Diamond. Remembering what comes next in a song is a great way to build your child’s narrative skills, which will help them be better readers when the time comes.
We hope you’ll join us at our next storytime where we’ll share some more fun songs for you to sing at home with your child.
By Tedd Arnold
Buzz and Fly Guy are visiting the natural history museum to look at the dinosaur bones! They learn about when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the different types of dinosaurs like which were predators and which were carnivores and they learned what a paleontologist does. By the way, did you know that the Stegosaurus’s brain was the size of a walnut?
Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series is so popular and it is great that he has transitioned into Non-Fiction to help lure readers into the different subjects. Be sure to also check out Fly Guy Presents: Sharks and Fly Guy Presents: Space.
For Ages: Grades 3 and up
Reviewed by: Maggie (Parr Library)
1 to 20, Animals Aplenty
by Katie Viggers
Inside the front cover of Katie Viggers’ 1 to 20, Animals Aplenty a baboon declares “Let’s count.” From there, a menagerie of animals represents numbers one through twenty, with a silly start at “1 fox in a pair of socks.” Viggers’ whimsical illustrations contain just enough detail to give you reason to linger over each and every page. Rhyming descriptions will elicit laughs. Definitely worth a look. If you enjoy it, try Viggers’ other book, Almost an Animal Alphabet.
Recommended for ages 3 to 7.
(Jocelyn, Davis Library)
By Cynthia Lord
12-year-old Lucy loves photography and longs to have her talents noticed by her father, a famous nature photographer. When the opportunity to enter a photography contest for young people arises, Lucy eagerly grabs it. Unfortunately, as Lucy discovers, there is one problem….her father is the contest judge which will probably make her ineligible. However, with her father away for the summer on assignment shooting photographs in Arizona, Lucy decides to take this opportunity anyway and chronicle her summer at the lake in New Hampshire where they have recently moved. Along with her new friend Nate, the boy from the cottage next door, Lucy captures photos of the family of loons on the lake, as well as, Nate’s family and their adventures kayaking and hiking the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors. As Lucy comes to know Nate and his family, her camera unexpectedly reveals truths that his family doesn’t want to see – his beloved grandmother’s slow decline into Alzheimer’s.
The sweetness and honesty of Lucy’s captured moments on film emphasizes the importance of savoring every moment and enjoying it in the present – a lesson no one is ever too young to learn.
Recommended for grades 4 through 6.
Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)
The five best ways to help children get ready to read are talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. You can use these with children of different ages and they are easy to make part of your everyday routine.