August 2016
Welcome to KDL's early literacy newsletter!

Click on the links below for fun early literacy activities 
that help kids get ready to read.

View and print our Early Literacy Calendar.
See the schedule of programs for families and young children and storytimes.

Find the KDL branch nearest you.
Early STEAM Learning 
Short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, STEAM is a learning movement that recognizes the importance of giving learners hands-on ways to learn skills in a variety of areas. This month, try out some ideas to promote early math skills from Zero to Three, an independent research-based initiative dedicated to the well-being of babies and toddlers. KDL is also working to promote STEAM for young children with our Seuss on STEAM programs!


Happy Birthday, Brown Bear, Brown Bear!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. Celebrate and develop color recognition and story skills using our printable Brown Bear, Brown Bear Story Cards (also available in Espaņol). Talking about a story together and learning to retell it is a great way for children to practice conversation, learn new words and express themselves.
Build Fine Motor Skills through Play

Make developing fine motor skills fun with these creative ideas from an occupational therapist. Playing with grasping items is a great way to prepare children to develop strength and control to hold a pencil and get them ready to write.  

   Explore a New Language Together   

If you are looking for ways to help your child learn a second language, take a look at Little Pim, just one of many online resources KDL offers for children. Explore Russian, Arabic, German, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and French. Little Pim also offers an English learning track. 

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