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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Jim Gill Sings Do Re MiMusic stimulates the learning receptors in the brain. It can benefit young minds in many ways, from expanding vocabularies, to increasing comprehension or defining emotions. By including music in learning games, young children can practice essentials skills while having a blast!

Here are just a few ways to incorporate music into your playtime:

Draw or Paint to Music: Encourage your child to draw what they hear. You can use familiar words that identify emotions or feelings, like happy, busy, silly or sleepy. Then expand on those words with new vocabulary choices, like content, distracted, wild or mellow. See how your child’s artwork changes with the tempo of the song playing.

Move to the Music: Add special movements to a song for specific sounds. A fun example is Jim Gill’s song, My Bonnie, from his Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee CD. For every “B” sound in the song, move your arms up, and put them down on the next “B” sound. Try it with some of your favorite songs. What letter sounds can your child identify?

Clap the Beat: Clap out the rhythm to a familiar song and see if your child can identify it. Clap the next part together. Practicing this skill helps children recognize patterns and predict what comes next.

Add some music to your day, and let the learning begin!

– 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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KDL Top Ten — Humor

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Double up on books at KDL!  Here are 10 of the most popular titles in our Humor section:

Top Ten Nonfiction Humor 03-07-2014

And for more good times, check out LaughFest! Enjoy great comedy and support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

LaughFest

(Courtesy of Gilda’s Club and LaughFest)

March 6 – March 16


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Sago Mini Sound Box

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Sago Mini Sound BoxThe app Sago Mini Sound Box is a fun way for kids to interact with music and sounds. It is easy to use, entertaining fun that helps kids to develop sound recognition and manual dexterity. When opened, the app lets you select one of nine boxes as your “set of sounds,” like piano, car horns, farm animals, etc. With each tap on the screen you create a new sound dot that you can drag and bounce around to change size, color and sound. Try tilting your device and using multiple touches for different interactions. As you play, ask your child about the sounds they hear and the colors and patterns they see. This app is available from the Apple and Amazon app stores 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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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Humor & Joke Books

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Looking for a good joke?  We have jest the thing for you!  View 10 of the most popular titles in Juvenile Humor at KDL:Top Ten Juvenile Humor 02-28-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Snow Dog, Go Dog”

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Snow Dog, Go DogSnow Dog, Go Dog by Deborah Heiligman

Tinka is a golden retriever who loves a good romp in the snow. She frolics a bit too far from home and gets lost, but ends up safe and sound by the end of this rhyming tale. This book is fun to read aloud, with a bouncy rhythm and great repetition. Look at the bright illustrations and talk about what Tinka is doing in the snow. Ask your child what he likes to do on a snowy day. Have your child point to the words that repeat on each page, and talk about the words that sound alike. Make a list together of other words that sound like “dog.” Talking about words and the sounds letters make helps your child get 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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KDL Top Ten — Books on Healthy Cooking

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Enjoy this tasty Top Ten!  This week’s list serves up 10 of the most popular books in KDL’s Cooking Healthy section:

Top Ten Cooking Healthy 02-21-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Alphabet Bead Threading Game

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Alphabet Bead Threading GamePlay-Grow-Read

Children today spend a lot of time working with keyboards and touch screens. Writing the old-fashioned way, however, is still an important skill for children to master. Reading and writing go together and the process of writing is closely linked to the process of learning to read. In order to write, children must develop the muscles used to grasp a pencil. Here is an easy activity that can be made at home to help encourage children to learn the alphabet and develop fine motor skills at the same time.

Materials

  • Toothpicks (or pencils)
  • block of hard Styrofoam (old packaging works well)
  • alphabet beads (or large wooden beads if using pencils for toothpicks)
  • Paper
  • Markers/colored pencils

Directions

  1. Cut the paper into small squares and write a letter of the alphabet (upper or lower case) on each piece of paper.
  2. Attach each paper letter to the Styrofoam block by tacking it to the foam with a toothpick. Make sure that the letter is still visible.
  3. Have children “thread” the alphabet beads onto the toothpicks with the corresponding letter.
  4. Consider using pencils and large wooden beads in the place of toothpicks and small beads when working with very small children as small beads can pose a choking hazard.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker 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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KDL Top Ten — Romance

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day, KDL!  If you’re looking for love, make eyes at this attractive booklist.  Here are 10 of the most popular titles in Romance at KDL this month:

Top Ten Romance Adult Fiction 02-14-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Itsy Bitsy SpiderClassic children’s songs and rhymes build a network of shared experiences between the generations. Learning “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a rite of passage for little ones and a chance to share in the childhood memories of their grownups. This year make a habit of singing daily with your little one!

Afraid you won’t remember all those songs from your childhood? For inspiration, check out one of the many books or CDs of children’s songs at the library. Sharing both the book and the CD is a great way for you and your child to learn a song together. Try Itsy Bitsy Spider in both formats — very helpful in memorizing the many verses of this classic song! Once the words are memorized, your child will proudly show how they can “read” the book by singing the story.

– 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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KDL Top Ten — Books on Knitting

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Enjoy spinning a good yarn?  This Top Ten’s for you!  These are 10 of the most popular Knitting books this month at KDL:

Top Ten Crafts Knit 02-07-2014For more warm fuzzies, visit our Knitting Books board on Pinterest.

And if you’re still reading because you thought you might get the chance to tell us a story, I have good news — there’s still time to participate in our “Share Your Story” program!  However, not much time; the last day is tomorrow February 8.  Find instructions here: http://www.kdl.org/about/go/shareyourstory


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