January 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. January and 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 
Share a wordless picture book like A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka with your child. As you look through the pictures, talk about what details you notice and ask your child questions about what is going on in the story. For example, you could ask how Daisy is feeling throughout the book. Raschka does a great job capturing recognizable expressions to show Daisy's reaction to different things. Go beyond this and make up your own story with your child using pictures you've drawn or objects in your house.  

Early Literacy Practice: Writing 

Help your child count to five with Bear Counts. Venture through the forest with bear and his friends and count to five as they go about their day. Along the way, you and bear will learn that there are numbers everywhere you go.
Head on over to Learning4Kids and learn how to make a fun squishy bag. These bags are easy to make and only require flour, water, and food coloring (and a Ziploc bag of course). They make for a fun sensory experience, but can also serve as a place for practicing hand and finger movements for writing development. Practice writing letters, numbers, words, shapes, or drawing pictures.
Early Literacy Practice: Reading

Best in Snow is a book of beautiful photo illustrations showing snow in the forest, falling on animals and birds as well as trees and ponds. A wonderful nonfiction picture book that introduces the winter water cycle and the wonders of snowfall. For a craft, make paper snowflakes!
Early Literacy Practice: Playing  
Have some indoor fun on a cold winter day with a dance party! Music can help children learn movement and tempo while improving listening skills. Put on different types of music and ask your child how they think you should dance to the sounds they hear. Turn dancing into a game by freezing every time you turn off the music. Pull out scarves or become animals and stomp to the beat! When you need a rest from dancing enjoy reading about Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig.
Early Literacy Practice: Singing   
As the weather brings us snow days, what better way to celebrate than building a snow man? The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming is the perfect book to sing to your child before your snowy adventure.

When you've got Frozen fever, we've got you covered! Check out the Frozen CD, and you'll be singing "Let it Go" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" in no time.