SAINT PATRICK’S DAY FUN!
Friday, March 15
, we will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day at our center. This is a day to celebrate Irish history, ancestry,
traditions and customs. We ask that children wear green this day, as everyone has a little Irish in them on Saint Patrick’s
Day! Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent, almost nine times the population of Ireland.
In the past, the leprechaun has been known to get into some mischief by hiding his gold, and has even turned our milk green! We may need to come up with some ideas on how to capture the leprechaun. Parents are welcome to join us to celebrate with “Groovy Green Smoothies” at snack time on
Friday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.
WHAT YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING
Library offers many opportunities for learning through play, including concepts of literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology. Here are some examples for each content area:
expands children’s vocabulary and language as you introduce them to new words in books; develops children’s phonological awareness by reading stories that play with language (rhyming); enhances children’s understanding of books and other texts by drawing their attention to different forms of print in their environment; increases their knowledge of print by sweeping your hand under the words as you read; develops their comprehension skills by using open-ended questions during storybook reading; encourages children to view literacy as a source of enjoyment by reading and re-reading favorite stories.
guides children’s understanding of number concepts by including counting books; calls children’s attention to various patterns and relationships found in books; teaches children about geometry and spatial sense in their world by talking about photographs; promotes understanding of measurement by pointing out comparative works in books.
encourages learning of life topics such as plants and animals; helps children learn about physical science by sharing informational books about how things work.
promotes an understanding of people and how they live by reading stories from other lands or about different occupations; helps support understanding of spaces and geography by hearing vocabulary words such as above, below, around, forward, backward; enhances understanding of people and the past by sharing books about life long ago.
develops appreciation for visual arts by talking about the illustrations; nourish children’s interest in music by reading picture books based on songs such as “Down by the Bay.” Encourage children to explore drama and dance by dramatizing familiar stories.
helps children develop technology awareness by pointing out phones, computers and other technology tools in books.
*The Creative Curriculum by Diane Trister Dodge