November 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 Literacy Practice: Talking 
Make a snack with your child. Talk through the steps of preparing the snack, as well as any tools that you use. Pair this with Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme by Nadine Bernard Westcott or The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. You could even make a snack that goes with one of the pairing books!

Early Literacy Practice: Writing 

A beloved childhood classic! Follow Harold on his walk in the moonlight as he creates the world around him with his purple crayon. This book is sure to inspire the imagination of kids of all ages. 

Where will your purple crayon take you? Grab a crayon and have your kid imagine their own world with this Harold and the Purple Crayon printout from Inspiration Organization. Drawing is the perfect way to get little hands ready to write.
Early Literacy Practice: Reading

What does Mouse ask for to go with his brownie? Show your kids how this is a circle story. It starts with a mouse and a brownie and ends with a brownie and a mouse. Have them point to the mouse on every page, and see if they want to help make the brownies that mouse wants to eat!
Early Literacy Practice: Playing  
Play together by creating a "dancing corn" science experiment to learn about chemical reactions. Fill a tall glass or jar with 2 cups of water, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda then stir to dissolve. Add a small handful of popping corn kernels. Do they sink or float? Slowly add ΒΌ cup of vinegar. What happened? Time how long the corn continues to move in the jar. Try again with raisins, beans or rice to discover which item "dances" best.

Enjoy more silliness in Autumn with the book Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka.
Early Literacy Practice: Singing   
Just the title
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson will have you singing along while you dream about your Thanksgiving dinner!

Speaking of children's songs you can sing, The Wheels on the Bus HD app by Duck Duck Moose is a fantastic and free interactive app with great animations and lots of verses. If your child knows this song, he or she will love this playful app.