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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute – Transition Through Song

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Transitioning from one activity to the next can be difficult for young children. Music is an excellent way to make these transitions easier. Singing the same song for a regularly repeated activity helps children know what’s expected of them and what’s coming next.

Singing a short song during every diaper change helps babies understand that this “down time” is temporary and will be over when the song ends. It’s a great way to prevent wiggles and frustration at the changing table.

Singing a clean-up song while putting away signals to children that play time is over, and that they are expected to pick up toys. Songs can ease many transitions such as saying goodbye to family after a vacation visit or getting ready to send older siblings off to school.

Check out some of the circle time songs available at the library such as Ready, Set, Move by Greg & Steve or Rockin’ Red by Eric Litwin.

Try singing the following song on the way to school or library programs:

Off to Class We Go
(Sung to the tune of “A-Hunting We Will Go”)

Off to class we go,
It’s off to class we go,
We’ll sing some songs and read along,
With everyone we know.
Off to class we go,
It’s off to class we go,
We learn our ABCs and more,
With everyone we know.

Try adapting this song to different activities such as “off to work we go” or “off to sleep we go” “…sing a song and read along, because I love you so.”

— Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch

 


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review – Beck and Bo

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Have fun and explore while playing Beck and Bo. This attractive and well-designed app will stimulate your child’s creativity and logic skills.  Drag-and-drop items as you build a scene and move the characters “Beck” and “Bo” around on their different adventures. When all items are correctly placed, players are rewarded with a virtual “album” where they can hear and see the names of the objects in the scenes. This app is not only fun to play, but also helps teach cause and effect, association skills and creative thinking. Play together as you explore the ocean, go to the store, travel on a safari and more! This app is available for both Apple and Android devices for $2.99.

— Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch

 


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review – “Thank You, Octopus”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Bedtime ahoy! In this silly story, we find that Octopus might not be the best choice for getting his little buddy ready for bed. Octopus helps brush teeth with a paint brush and attempts to rock (and roll) Buddy to sleep. The action takes place on a boat and colorful, quirky illustrations carry the nautical theme throughout the book. Invite your child to respond as you read together. They will likely be repeating, “No thank you, Octopus” by the end of the story. Talk about the pictures and ask your child what Octopus should really be doing at bedtime. Can you think of a funny way to change one of your bedtime routines? Reading a bedtime story each night and talking together are fantastic ways to get your child ready to read!

— Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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Beat the Heat with Cool Summer Movies

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

It’s hot out there! Get out of the summer sun with a few movies that are sure to help you cool down. Here are a few suggestions:

 Ice Age: Continental Drift

 

 

 

 

The Day After Tomorrow        

 

 

 

 

  Miracle

 

 

 

 

  Winter’s Bone

 

 

 

 

   Doctor Zhivago

 

 

 

 

   Fargo

 

 

 

 

Gather the family, pop up some popcorn, crank up the A/C and settle in for a few hours of cool bliss. Get to your nearest library and check out a few good DVDs today!

 


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Earn Your Experience Summer @ KDL Sports Fan Badge

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

With the Summer Olympics underway in London and fall sports starting in a few weeks, athletics are on everyone’s mind. Get involved and score your Sports Fan Badge with the Experience Summer @ KDL program!

Here are some ways to bring out the champion inside you:

For more ideas for summer fun, check out our Experience Summer @ KDL program!

 


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London Calling!

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

There is so much going on across the pond this summer! The Summer Olympics start in just a few short weeks, the queen continues her Diamond Jubilee celebration, and Prince William turns 30. It is also the 15th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death. Why not take some time to brush up on the royal family with a great historical fiction novel? Check out KDL’s Royal Reads booklist for some great ideas!

 

 


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May Is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Did you know that May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month in the state of Michigan? This illness affects many families, and often cases go undiagnosed or untreated. The Michigan state senate approved and passed State Resolution 47 on May 4, 2011 in an effort to increase public awareness of postpartum depression.

KDL recognizes the need to educate the public on this very important subject and has complied a Postpartum Depression book list with several helpful resources to aid our patrons.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with postpartum depression, please contact a health-care professional or visit Spectrum Health for more information, resources, and details about local support groups.


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