Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Literacy, Poetry, April Activities
APRIL 14—National Poetry Month
Enjoy some whacky poetry by Children’s Poet Laureate J.Patrick Lewis . Whether you love "Benny Said, Ruby Said","First Girls in Little League Baseball", or "First Men on the Moon" will spark your child’s imagination. Challenge your child to finish this classic poem with any word that rhymes with “blue.” Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are ______. Then make up more versions requiring different rhymes, such as: Bananas are yellow, Apples are red, After a story, It's time for ______!
Saturday, August 25, 2012 by Shelley Miles
Literacy, Outings, September Activities, Coloring, Library skills, September Holidays
SEPTEMBER 1 - Read a book day, Chicken Boy Day, Emma M. Nutt Day, Mary had a Little Lamb first published in 1830
Every time you share a book with your child, you have an opportunity to instill a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Libraries are a great place to start exposing your kids to the vast array of literature available. Here are some tips to make the experience enjoyable:
- Plan to visit at a time when you are both fed and well-rested.
- Choose comfortable clothes that allow you to get down on the floor and read a book together.
- Ask if your child can get his or her own library card. The American Library Association suggests that you register children for their own cards as soon as they demonstrate interest.
- Make it a special event by telling grandparents, friends and others.
- Be certain to explain that the books you bring home are on loan and must be returned so that some other children can share in reading them. Also stress the importance of treating the books with care.
- Don't view the staff as caregivers. Remember, the time you spend with your kids is as important as the enjoyment they will receive from the books they read
- Invite another mom to visit the library with you, and while one of you browses the adult section the other can stay with the kids.
- If your library is computerized, ask for a printout of the books you’ve checked out. Place the list on the refrigerator door so on return day you'll know which books to take back.
- Bring a large, sturdy book bag that is comfortable to carry when full. Find a public library near you. Search Kids-List for: Community Resources
In 1830, the very first copy of "Mary had a Little Lamb" was published. Print out and color this coloring page while reciting the poem.
Mary had a little lamb
It's fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day
That was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.
Emma M Nutt became the world's first female telephone operator on September 1, 1878. Up until she was hired, this had been a strictly male job. In her honor, why not play a game of "telephone"?
Have one child whisper a message to the child next to them. Keep passing the message along to the next person. At the very end, see how close the message that reaches the end is to the first message. Be prepared for lots of laughing.
Did you know that "Chicken Boy" has been referred to as Los Angeles' statue of liberty? Learn the true story of Chicken Boy here
Mmmm - pass the chicken, please.
Monday, February 28, 2011 by Shelley Miles
Literacy, March Activities, Crafts
MARCH 4 - National Grammar Day, International Scrapbooking Day
Learning to write and speak well are key to future success in school and future careers. Get your children started on the basics early.
Practice modelling good grammar at home. Kids parrot back what they hear.
Help children learn the parts of speech. Start with the basics - nouns and verbs with games to make it fun.
An easy way for kids to understand nouns is to connect them with a person, place or thing. Go around the house and "search" for nouns (things in the house)
Next tackle the verbs. You can add "ing" to most verbs. Play a game Think of "doing" words and act them out. Try laughing, jumping, skipping, singing, hugging, tickling, wiggling - etc.
Adjectives. Big, blue, hairy, smelly etc. Think of a noun and come up with all the funny ways to describe it.
Even the littlest kids can play - and if you call the parts of speech by their correct names, nouns, verbs and adjectives, kids will easily incorporate these words in their growing vocabularies.
For older kids, Mad Libs are still the funniest way to practice those pesky parts of speech.
Scrap-booking is a wonderful way to turn photos, ticket stubs and other small souvenirs into beautiful celebrations of special days. It doesn't have to be fancy to be fun. Make a scrapbook of a day at the zoo, or of a favorite movie. If your child is too young to write, have them describe different parts of the day to include them in the album.
Get Ready for Read Across America
Monday, February 1, 2010 by Shelley Miles
Literacy, Read Across America
Every year on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, millions join the world’s largest celebration of reading, -- NEA’s Read Across America Day.
Libraries and classrooms gather for group readings lead by teachers, librarians, parents, students and celebrities who don their Cat in the Hat hats to pass along the joy of reading to our nation’s children.
Reading Rockets has put together a list of reading tips for parents to help their children become avid readers. Every year on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, millions join the world’s largest celebration of reading, -- NEA’s Read Across America Day. Libraries and classrooms gather for group readings lead by teachers, librarians, parents, students and celebrities who don their Cat in the Hat hats to pass along the joy of reading to our nation’s children.
Reading Rockets has put together a list of reading tips for parents to help their children become avid readers. Reading tips for Parents
The NEA has put together links to reading celebrations being held across the country. State Celebrations
On February 27, Target Stores will be offering a free reading of Dr. Seuss's Oh, The Places You'll Go plus family- friendly games and activities. Learn More
And, once again, kidthing® and Dr. Seuss will be making free downloadable digital books “The Cat in the Hat”, “Horton Hears a Who”, “Hop on Pop” and “Green Eggs and Ham” available to teachers for their classrooms.. Go to kidthing for more information.
Tell us what you are doing to celebrate Read Across America and help us share your program with parents across the country. List your program using the List your program link and select the category Literacy. We’ll feature your program in the Kids-List March newsletter and searchable Kids-List database.
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