Early Bit Lits
March,  2011Issue No . 12
KDL Blue
 
In This Issue
Going Green Programs
Nursery Nook
Learning with Crafts
Book Review
Music Madness
Going Green Programs

How does your garden grow? Come share in crafts and activities full of gardening goodness this Spring with the Going Greenprogram at many of our branches. A reading station with books like Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert promotes print awareness, while learning stations centered around gardening build vocabulary

Cultivate narrative skills in your young ones by helping them follow the instructions for the crafts, and even plant a little seed of their own.  Nurture the 6 pre-reading skills naturally in your child with this earth-friendly program! 

Nursery Nook 

Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus 

Go round and round

Round and round

Round and round

The wheels on the bus 

Go round and round

All through the town


Directions: This is another classic song. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers will all enjoy this tune.  You will need to modify the movements for babies- roll hands for baby "round and round" and trace a circle on baby's tummy for "all through the town". Older children will be able to roll their own hands and sing along. This is a great song for developing vocabulary.

 

Other verses: Babies- waa waa waa (rub hands on eyes)

 

Grownups- say I love you (give baby hug)

 

Horn- beep beep beep (pat lap like beeping a horn)

 

People- go up and down (lift baby up) 

 

And of course you can make up many more!

Greetings!

The Kent District Library is here to provide you and your child with the skills needed to succeed in school and in life. KDL's Early Lit Bits newsletter is full of FUN and simple activities that will help foster that growth.  For more information regarding the skills your child needs before he or she learns to read, visit the Play-Grow-Read section of the KDL website.  You can also stop by any KDL branch in order to speak with one of our helpful youth librarians. We hope to see you soon!

Learning with Crafts
Play-Grow-Read

Spring is a good time to talk about our planet and to do an earth friendly craft related to the April 22 holiday Earth Day.  These simple and easy to make finger or hand puppets can be made by reusing old or mismatched mittens or gloves and other scrap materials.  

 

What you need: old gloves or mittens, scraps of yarn, felt, fabric, buttons, beads, stickers, etc, glue, scissors, needle and thread.  Start by cutting off one finger of a glove and then stitch or glue up the loose end to prevent unraveling.  Decide what puppet you want to create and decorate it by sewing or gluing the pieces on to make parts like eyes, a mouth, hair or whatever you need for your character.  Now you have a puppet that can be used to retell favorite stories or make up your own, which both help develop narrative skills.

Book Review

Job Site by Nathan Clement

 

Nathan Clement, a graphic artist, gives us a superb book about big and heavy machines.  From a bulldozer to an excavator to a compactor, all  of the machines work together to complete one project...a park!  The crisp illustrations make the machines the major focus with both close-ups and shots from further away.  The minimal text makes this a great choice for young children.  Boys and girls who enjoy construction sites will love to recognize their favorite big machines.  Books with interesting words and pictures are a great way to encourage a child's growing vocabulary. Vocabulary is one of the six skills that promote early literacy.

 

Job Site

  

Music Madness

If you are interested in introducing the traditional style of Reggae music to your children, try checking out the Disney Reggae Club CD. It features many of today's greatest Reggae artists including UB40 and Ziggy Marley. 

 

The songs are taken from Disney movies such as The Lion King, The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid so it will be easy to sing along!

 

Interested in more Reggae music for children? Check the online catalog for more listings and place a hold on your favorite today. 

 

Crafting