Let’s Go to the Library!

Winter is here and that means there are fewer things to do to keep little ones occupied. So why not visit the Library? Not only do we have story time but also a place to play and develop social skills. And of course we have books. Lots and lots of books.

When introducing your child to new activities or visiting new places it’s always a good idea to talk about the experience first. Let them know what to expect. What they can do there, who they will see. One of my favorite blogs, Growing Book by Book has 5 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRIP TO THE LIBRARY WITH A TODDLER. They suggest discussing your expectations for behaviour, letting them explore once you arrive, and of course, checking out books. Here is a list of books that will help prepare kids for visiting the library.

D.W.'s Library Card by Marc Brownlola
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
Curious George Visits the Library by H.A. Rey
Froggy Goes to the Library by Jonathan London
Library Day by Anne Rockwell
Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea

And now is the perfect opportunity to teach your child how to care for books. Whether they are library books or books from your own home library, you will find some great tips at Growing Book by Book Teaching Kids How to Care for Books.  And we understand, accidents happen. If a borrowed book gets torn just let us know when you return it and we will take care of the repairs.

Speaking of home libraries, The Children’s Council has some fabulous lists for building a home library for children of all ages. Take a look — I see some of my favorites.

See you in the Story Time Room!

Miss Kathleen

Why Fine Motor Skills Are Important

What exactly are fine motor skills anyway? It’s the ability to use the smaller muscles in fingers, hands and wrists. Fine motor development is an important skill for kids. In a recent article on ABC Radio Melbourne teachers expressed concern for the iPad generation and their readiness to write.  They believe there is a decline in fine motor skills because kids aren’t holding crayons and coloring or using scissors to cut as much as they had in the past.  Continue reading