What children know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write.
It is important to develop early literacy skills in young children so that they are adequately prepared to learn how to read and write. Strong reading skills form the basis for learning in all subjects and lead to better performance in school.
Early Literacy Tip TALK Children are constantly taking in the world around them, and that includes listening to, and learning language. The more that you talk with your child, the more easily they will learn to read. Encourage your child to talk by asking them questions and talking to them about the things they enjoy and the things they are doing. Use new and interesting words and before long they will be being to use them too.
Try: Telling stories to your child and encouraging them to tell you stories. You can talk about the people and places around you, something that happened during the day, or a story from a book. When speaking with infants, be sure to look at them so that they can begin to match shapes to sounds. Playing a listening game. Listen to the sounds of the world around you with your child. Have them tell you what they hear and try to imitate the sounds. Speak more deliberately andenunciate so children can hear all of the sounds that make up a word.
These activities help to develop your child's language skills, and increases their vocabulary. It also helps promote phonological awareness (the awareness of individual sounds that make up words), and narrative skills. Discussing the printed words around you also helps children learn that print has meaning (print awareness) and helps them to learn their letters.
If Sharks Disappeared Lily Williams Non-Fiction Ages 4-8 This book makes a great follow-up to any child who attended the "Sensational Sharks" program at the library in July. The book tells how important sharks are in our world, even if they are a little frightening!
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Drew Daywalt Picture Book From the Kingdom of the Backyard, Rock searches for an adversary that might best him, meanwhile Paper and Scissors set off on their own quests for competitors. Very funny!
Ms. Julie's Picks
Wolf Hollow Lauren Wolk Chapter Book Ages 10 and up Growing up in a rural Pennsylvania town, Annabelle, the oldest child in a family of five, discovers the kind of person she wants to be through repeated encounters with a bully and an evolving friendship with the town outcast. Recommended for fans of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird or anyone who wants to see how a 12-year-old meets the challenges of personal and social injustice. Wolf Hollow is a beautifully crafted and well written book that will render you incapable of not finding out where the paths of the three main characters lead them.
OCDaniel Wesley King Chapter Book Ages 8 and up During the day, Daniel is in many ways a typical 8th grader. He plays football, does well in school, has a best friend, and a crush on one of his classmates. However at night, he finds himself carrying out elaborate, self-created routines he feels he must complete for fear of dying. Everything changes when Daniel is passed an anonymous note and he begins playing detective and finds acceptance in an unlikely place. OCDaniel is an honest, funny, and at times heartbreaking look at mental illness from the eyes of a 13-year-old. The character’s struggles with OCD are largely based on those the author, Wesley King, experienced from ages 7-16.
Ms. Emma's Favorites
Making Bombs For Hitler Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Chapter Book Grades 3-7 A stark look at a part of the horrors committed during WWII by the Nazis. The story follows a young Ukranian girl who was kidnapped from her home and forced into labor by the Nazis first as a seamstress and then as a bomb maker because of her "steady hands". She makes friends and looses friends as she suffers. While the facts behind the story are horrible, the book's descriptions are mild and suitable for tween readers.
Real Friends Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham Graphic Novel Grades 2-6 This graphic memoir is all about how hard it can be to find your real friends, but why it's ultimately worth the journey. Shannon has a hard time when her best friend starts hanging out with the most popular girl in the class and a group where, one day you're in and the next you're out. An honest, familiar portrayal of growing up, highlighted by the fantastic artwork of LeUyen Pham.
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For the month of August there will be a Discovery Fish Tank on display at the Children’s Reference desk. The tank was assembled by Bayport Blue Point Library patrons and the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center at Cornell Cooperative Extension during a children’s program on August 4.
On view in the 10 gallon salt water tank are: ribbed mussel, a hard shell clam, Atlantic slipper shell snails, common periwinkle snails, mud snails, long and flat clawed hermit crabs, crayfish, killifish and sheepshead minnows.
Can you find any in the video below? (for a better view, enlarge the video screen by clicking on the square in the bottom right corner)