February 2017
  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 2017 Early Literacy Calendar.
See the schedule of  programs for families with children and storytimes.
Find the KDL branch nearest you.
Early Childhood Essentials Classes
Kent District Library provides free Early Childhood Essentials classes. These classes, sponsored by Great Start to Quality, can be used for professional development hours for childcare providers or helpful information and tips for interested parents and caregivers. February classes will include Teaching Empathy, Promoting Fine Motor Skills and Social and Emotional Health. Pre-registration is required for classes. Please visit our events page for a full list of classes. Adults only, childcare is not provided.
Early Literacy Practice: Talking 
Spend some time building a snowman outside with your child. As you build your snowman, talk about all of the parts you are adding and what shape they are. For example, "We are rolling a big circle/sphere for the body of the snowman so he can stand up". Encourage your child to suggest other things to add. Before building your snowman, read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner for inspiration. You could even talk about what your snowman might do after you go to bed.

Early Literacy Practice: Writing 

Good Night Moon ABC takes the images from the classic book by Margaret Wise Brown and reformats them into a simple ABC book. You and your children will delight in saying "Goodnight" to everything in the Great Green Room while learning the ABCs at the same time!
Gear up for Valentine's Day with these beaded name hearts from Fun-a-Day. This simple and fun craft uses letter and colored beads and pipe cleaners to create a heart with your kid's name on it. Not only does stringing beads on a pipe cleaner help kids learn important fine motor skills, the beads will help them learn letter and color recognition and how to spell their name.
Early Literacy Practice: Reading 
  In Plenty of Love to Go Around , Plum the dog loves being the special one in her family. When Binky the cat moves in, and everyone gives him lots of attention, Plum feels left out. Binky loves Plum and follows him everywhere. Can Plum learn to love Binky too even though he is a cat?
Valentine's Day Fingerplay  
(Holding up 5 fingers, suit actions to words).
Five little valentines were having a race.
The first little valentine was frilly with lace.
The second little valentine had a funny face.
The third valentine said, "I love you."
The fourth valentine said, "I do, too."
The fifth valentine was sly as a fox.
He ran the fastest to your valentine box.
Early Literacy Practice: Playing  
 Get heart healthy! Make exercise cards by cutting five to ten heart shapes. Number each card and write the name of an exercise that's good for the heart (jumping jacks, toe-touches, jogging in place, arm circles, etc.). Have your child(ren) stand in an open area. As you hold up a card call out the exercise and the number on it, have them do the exercise that number of times. Change the speed to fast or slow after a while to keep it interesting. Next, fill your hearts with laughter with this book about kindness by Jeff Mack, Who Wants a Hug?

Early Literacy Practice: Singing   
While you're dreaming of spring, why not SING? What a Wonderful World by George Weiss will having you seeing trees of green and red roses too!

Singing a familiar song can help children develop routines. Singing the ABC's while washing your hands, a clean-up song, or 'This is the way we put on our shoes...' to the tune of Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush, can make transitions easier and more predictable for little ones.