Many young children can have a hard time just sitting and listening for 30 minutes at story time–it’s a lot to ask of their little bodies and brains. That’s why we love to incorporate music and movement in all of our story times!
This approach is called Continue reading
Kids love to play dress up. That’s probably why Halloween is such a popular time of the year (yes, and the candy). Did you know this kind of pretend play is important for children’s development? Continue reading
Is it diaper changing time…again? Baby is on their back and looking up at you. Now what? Talk and sing! Diaper changing is the perfect opportunity for emotional bonding with your baby while you work on the early literacy practices of talking and singing! Continue reading
It seems that everyone is in full Halloween mode this time of year. With ghosts and goblins in the grocery stores and witches and mummies in schools and other public areas, toddlers see the fun building all around them. As much as they would like to participate in the festivities, not all little ones are ready or prepared for this kind of Halloween fun. And since their vocabulary is just budding, they may not have the words to express how they feel. Children may put on a brave face or act out in seemingly unrelated ways to the emotions developing inside. Teaching your child to communicate his feelings with words will help you ease his fears and frustration. Fear is just one of the feelings toddlers and older children struggle to verbalize. Here is an app, a few books, and some articles to help you start a conversation with your little one about the emotions they might be experiencing and help you to customize their holiday involvement.
Daniel Tiger’s Grrr-ific Feelings App
Theo’s Mood by Maryann Cocca-Lefflier
Hooray For Hat by Brian Won
You’re A Crab!: A Moody Day Book by Jenny Whitehead
Wild Feelings by David Milgrim
Bug In A Vacuum by Melanie Watt
Making Halloween Fun for Toddlers
Halloween Safety Tips
Did you know that picture books introduce children to words that are not heard in every day language? Hearing these rare words increases their vocabulary knowledge and will help with reading comprehension later on. So what can you do to increase this knowledge? Continue reading
Here at the Library we are always talking about those oh so important skills to help your child get ready to learn to read. Talking, reading, writing, singing and playing all play a role in building literacy skills. You get all of these at story time but what can you do at home? Continue reading
Recently, while visiting one of Miss Kathleen’s story times, I noticed a child who was captivated by the app, My Zoo Animals: Toddler’s Seek & Find Book, on Miss Kathleen’s iPad. In this app, children enjoy a bird’s eye view of a zoo and what all of the animals and people are up to. The child tapped the camel to see it spit on a nearby man, an elephant spraying water, the ice cream man ringing his bell, and more. While the same action occurred every time the child tapped the same animal or person in the zoo, they were completely engrossed in seeing the same movement happen over and over. Continue reading