November 20, 2014

Every Child Ready to Read: Play to Learn!

  • Children learn how to express themselves, the meaning of words, and other early literacy skills by playing.
  • Provide inexpensive props like large boxes, old clothes for dress up, empty food containers, paper shopping bags, and empty paper towel rolls. Make sock, paper bags, or stick puppets and encourage your child to act out a story.
  • Through play, children realize that one thing can stand for another. This also helps children understand that written words stand for real objects and experiences.
  • There are many book versions of the old song, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. For Thanksgiving, have fun with I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson. The words are on the back if you want to sing it with your child. Encourage your child to color the lady and add some silly foods that she might eat. Your child might add some foods not in the story—that’s great—just have fun playing with words and with the story.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a……
 
I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A PIE
“I know an old lady who swallowed a pie,
A Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry,
Perhaps she’ll die
I know an old lady who swallowed some cider,
that rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her,
She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie,
The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry
Perhaps she’ll die
I know an old lady who swallowed a roll
Just swallowed it whole – the entire roll!
She swallowed the roll to go with the cider
that rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her,
She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie,
The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry
Perhaps she’ll die
I know an old lady who swallowed a squash
Oh my gosh, a fat yellow squash
she swallowed the squash to go with the roll
She swallowed the roll to go with the cider
that rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her,
She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie,
The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry
Perhaps she’ll die
I know an old lady who swallowed a saladShe was looking quite pallid from eating that salad!
She swallowed the salad to go with the squash
she swallowed the squash to go with the roll
She swallowed the roll to go with the cider
that rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her,
She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie,
The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry
Perhaps she’ll die
I know an old lady who swallowed a turkey
her future looked murky after that turkey!
she swallowed the turkey to go with the salad
She swallowed the salad to go with the squash
she swallowed the squash to go with the roll
She swallowed the roll to go with the cider
that rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her,
She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie,
The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry
Perhaps she’ll die
I know an old lady who swallowed a pot
I kid you not – she swallowed a pot
she swallowed the pot to go with the turkey
she swallowed the turkey to go with the salad
She swallowed the salad to go with the squash
she swallowed the squash to go with the roll
She swallowed the roll to go with the cider
that rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her,
She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie,
The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry
Perhaps she’ll die
I know an old lady who swallowed a cakefor goodness sake, a ten-layer cake
she swallowed the cake to go with the pot
she swallowed the pot to go with the turkey
she swallowed the turkey to go with the salad
She swallowed the salad to go with the squash
she swallowed the squash to go with the roll
She swallowed the roll to go with the cider
that rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her,
She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie,
The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry
Perhaps she’ll die!
I know an old lady who swallowed some bread
I’m full she said.”
From Story-Time Felts: Fun Activities for Kids. http://www.fun-activities-for-kids.com/thanksgiving-pie-poem/





November 7, 2014

Children's Book Week @ the Lake County Public Library

We will be celebrating children's books during the week of Nov. 10-15. Volunteers on the library's Teen Advisory Board were asked to name some of their favorite children's books. We hope to make book trailers for some of them. The first one is Piggie Pie by Margie Panatini. Check it out!--& check out the book @ the library!



November 4, 2014

Reading & Fun!: Every Child Ready to Read



In October we put our nose in a book with the rest of Indiana for National Literacy Day! Check out the fun reading times!





YOU can help your child enjoy reading and books. That's Print Motivation--enjoying books and reading and one of the 6 essential pre-reading skills children must have in order to learn to read. So read to your child from infancy, but ALWAYS keep it fun! To a baby books are toys—let him play with it. You might gently take it out of his mouth and open it and say, “Let’s see what’s in this book.” Make book sharing a special time, but share books when your child is ‘in the mood’ and stop if he becomes fussy or loses interest—try again later. Even a few minutes a day is important. Research shows that children who are read to often start school with better language skills and knowing more vocabulary. Every Child Ready to Read makes these suggestions to help your child develop good Print Motivation: read to your child, even for short amounts of time; let your child see you reading; point out signs and make a game of it; visit the library often & make it fun; attend library programs for you & your child.
Remember, children who enjoy being read to will WANT to learn how to read!

At the Cedar Lake Branch we have early literacy activities during all open hours. We also feature STEAM activities & experiments--fun learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math.

 Check out all the library events and classes that are offered each week @ the library:

August 19, 2014

Block Party at the Library!

This month we held our very first Block Party, here at Cedar Lake Library.

What's a block party might you ask? It's a special children's program set up by the Purdue Extension where kids can come and play with a variety of blocks while also building knowledge on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Okay, after that mouthful, let's break these blocks down.


In today's fast pace world of technology, back to basics blocks still have tons of value. 





 Playing with blocks encourages kids to work together, practicing balance and coordination.







They build working designs,





 

experiment with patterns 





and  colors,













and encourage the beginning development of  some of our earliest skills, such as grasping objects, and moving them around.







Block parties reinforce teamwork,







and the importance of learning and play between children and their parents.












They also happen to be a lot of fun!


All in all it was a great event and we have high hopes that we can have a Block Party here again soon :)

July 7, 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read @ the Library!

Encourage your budding scientist. We have science activities every day all day, along with many events for all ages every week. Check it out at the library's Events Calendar.

We started the summer reading fun with a Science Festival. Kids experimented with rain, wind, sound, colors, water, & more. Since then each event has focused on one or more science activities. Check out some of the pictures:

     




     

   

  

  

  

 

 Read for prizes, too!!



July 6, 2014

Summer, Science, & Helping Your Child Get Ready to Read @ the Library!

Sing, rhyme, read, play, & color with your child. You are helping him get ready to learn to read. You are teaching her important early literacy skills: Phonological Awareness, which is hearing the small sounds in words, Vocabulary, Print Motivation, which is enjoying reading together, and Narrative Skills, which is being able to understand,  remember and tell a story.

Waves at the Beach Sung To: " Wheels on the bus"
The waves at the beach go up and down…
The waves at the beach go up and down, all day long.
- also- 
The crabs at the beach, crawl back and forth
The lobsters at the beach go, snap, snap, snap
The clams at the beach will open and shut
The jelly fish go wibble, wobble, wibble
  
Baby Fish
Baby fish, do-do, do-do-do-do, (Open and shut index
Baby fish, do-do, do-do-do-do. fingers to the beat.)
(Sing twice.)
Momma fish… (Open and shut hands.)
Daddy fish… (Open and shut arms.)
Giant whale… (Extend arm and leg to make whale’s mouth.)
Activities: Make up other verses, such as one about uncle fish, grandma fish, etc. Have
the children suggest arm movements to do for the different fish.

Five Little Fish
(Tune: “Down in the Meadow by the Itty Bitty Pool”)


No little fishies swimming in the sea, (Make a zero with thumb and index finger.)
Splishing and a splashing (Pretend to swim.)
And a rocking to the beat. (Snap fingers.)
Here comes a little fishie,
Oh, say, “hello.” (Wave.)
One little fishie swimming in a row. (Hold up one finger.)
One little fishie… (Hold up one finger.)
Two little fishies… (Hold up two fingers.)
Three little fishies… (Hold up three fingers.)
Four little fishies… (Hold up four fingers.)
Five little fishies… (Hold up five fingers.)
Everybody wave cause don’t you know,
Five little fishies have got to go.
Ooh, Aah, away they go.


Jellyfish
Jellyfish, Jellyfish, Jellyfish, JELLY!!!
Wiggle a body part while saying the rhyme. Add an additional body part each time and keep building the number of active body parts!


1.       Fingers
2.       Wrists
3.       Elbows
4.       Knees
5.       Feet
6.       Hips
7.       Tongue


Fun Facts about Jellyfish

Did you know ...

... some jellyfish are bigger than a human and others are as small as a pinhead?
... people in some countries eat jellyfish?
... that jellyfish have been on Earth for millions of years, even before dinosaurs?
... jellyfish have no brain but some kinds have eyes?
... that jellyfish are mainly made up of water and protein?
... a group of jellyfish is called a smack?

The body of a jellyfish is 99% water. About 200 species of true jellyfish are known, ranging in size from 0.06 in (1.5 mm) to 6.5 ft (2 m). 
There are over 200 different kinds of jellyfish
Source: Gale Encycopedia of Science,
Most jellyfish have tentacles—the number varies. All jellyfish have 10-12 oral arms—to pass food into the mouth. The arms look like tentacles, but are a little chunkier.

Three Jellyfish
Three jellyfish, three jellyfish, three jellyfish sitting on a rock.
One fell off.
Two jellyfish (repeat to no jellyfish)



May 24, 2014

Spring Fun Helps Your Child Get Ready to Learn to Read!


Spring

Talking helps your child learn Narrative Skills, which is being able to retell a story and knowing that stories and events happen in sequence. Talk about the change in the weather—winter to spring. Your child has experiences with these changes and you can build on them. Knowing more about the world around him will help your child learn to read. It is easier to read about things that are familiar. As you talk with your child she will learn more Vocabulary, too and the more words your child knows, the easier learning to read will be.

Ten Spring Flowers
Flowers tall, (Raise hands up high.)
Flowers small, (Move hands down low.)
Count the flowers as they sway in the springtime breeze. (Move hands side to side.)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! (Point to each finger as you count.)

We Love Spring (Sing to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
We love rain in the spring, in the spring, in the spring. (Flutter fingers down.)
We love rain in the spring; it is a jolly time.
We love birds in the spring, in the spring, in the spring, (Flap arms to the side for wings.)
We love birds in the spring; it is a jolly time.
We love grass in the spring, in the spring, in the spring, (Touch the ground.)
We love grass in the spring; it is a jolly time.
We love tulips in the spring, in the spring, in the spring, (Cup hands for the head of a tulip flower.)
We love tulips in the spring; it is a jolly time.

Rhymes from: Artsy Toddler Storytimes by Carol Hopkins

 Rhyming and Singing help your child hear the small sounds in words, which is Phonological Awareness, another skill your child must know in order to learn to read.

· Encourage your child to color the pictures as you and she talk about them. Coloring also helps get your child ready to learn to read!

So Talk, Rhyme, Sing, and Write (color)! You are your child’s first and best teacher!!