June 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.

Put your creativity to work this summer as you read, learn and engage in new experiences at KDL! Summer Reading starts June 5 and runs through Aug. 12. Sign up online at READsquared or pick up a paper form at your nearest KDL branch. Log your summer reading activity and earn great prizes, which are available for pickup starting July 5. 
   We have Summer Reading programs for the whole family--from babies right through to adult. Get creative and get reading this summer with KDL!
Early Literacy Practice: Talking 
Visit one of the many local farmer's markets. As you wander around, talk with your child about the veggies, fruits and flowers you are seeing. Ask them what colors they spy, what foods they've tried before, etc. Talk with the farmers about what they are selling (if it's not too busy) so your child can learn about different flowers and foods. Take time to use your five senses to experience the market, whether you're smelling the flowers, tasting a sample or listening to the crowds. Read Market Day by Lois Ehlert after your visit and see which things in the book are similar or different from what you saw at the farmer's market.

Early Literacy Practice: Writing 

What if the alphabet wasn't in the order we expect? In Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis, Z decides that he's tired of going last, so the letters decide to go backwards, until P and H have their own ideas about how the alphabet should be arranged. AlphaOops is a great way to learn the alphabet because it isn't in alphabetical order. It's chaos! And rightfully so: words and letters don't always appear in the order in which we expect them.
Practice "Yarn Lacing" with your kid! Punch holes in a piece of paper, foam or paper plate randomly or in a shape of your choosing and have your child lace string, ribbon or yarn through the holes. Shoelaces work well for this due to the hard tip that makes it easier to thread. Yarn lacing is a great way to build the motor skills required for writing later on.
Early Literacy Practice: Reading 
In Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming, a very little bulldozer learns that taking care of kittens is a very big job.
Kitty, Kitty
I have a little kitty,
(extend first and fourth fingers like ears)
He is as quick as he can be.
(Make a side way motion with one hand quickly)
He jumps upon my lap,
(Cup one hand in palm of other)
And purrs a song to me. (Make purring sound)
Early Literacy Practice: Playing     


Story stones are fun to make together and a wonderful aide for creative story telling. To make your own story stones, first gather up a collection of smooth, flat stones.  Next, draw a picture on each stone with a permanent marker, use stickers, paint the pictures or use magazine cut outs with Modge Podge to secure to the stones. To use, choose one stone from the collection and start a story based on the picture seen. Another stone is then drawn and the story continues, or you can pass the basket to the next person who draws  a stone and continues the story. While awaiting the completion of your story stones read about a mouse's adventures in Mouse's First Summer by Lauren Thompson.


Early Literacy Practice: Singing   
If a boat trip is in your near future, check out Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera. The cute illustrations and animal characters will have your little one singing
along gently down the stream.

Summer time is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. Why not sing on your next trip to the beach? If you want to boost your child's memory by learning familiar
rhymes and songs, Nursery Rhyme Parade! by Lisa Loeb can keep you company and help the kiddos develop pre-reading skills.